A locksmith is a professional who specializes in the installation, repair, replacement, and maintenance of locks and security devices. Their job duties include installing, repairing, adjusting, and replacing locks and other door locks in various buildings and facilities; making duplicates of keys when necessary; and managing the supply of keys for all staff, documenting when they hand over keys and noting when they are returned. Locksmiths must have at least a high school diploma and have usually completed a training program at a trade school or through an employer. They must also have extensive practical experience using a variety of power and hand tools.
Familiarity with locksmith equipment and security systems is an advantage. Some states have licensing requirements, and these positions also often involve background checks and security clearances. The locksmith performs professional-level locksmith work that requires experience installing, maintaining, and repairing different types of building locks, including cylindrical, unitary, mortise and rim locks, and refill cylinders, as well as in replacing and repairing anti-panic parts, door closures, ADA openers, desk locks, filing cabinets, display cabinets, display cabinets and similar containers. They use special tools to open, install, repair and replace a variety of lock systems and access control devices for cars, doors and structures. The locksmith also prepares budgets, invoices, and other documents. They educate customers about the operation and maintenance of security systems.
They maintain an adequate and adequate stock of locksmith supplies and equipment, monitor and report on maintenance issues that require the attention of the appropriate authority, and perform various tasks related to the work assigned to them. The ideal candidate has at least more than one year of experience, is up to date with new products and industry standards set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and is familiar with using hand and power tools to perform locksmith work. The locksmith cuts new or spare keys, opens locks whose keys have been lost or broken, and repairs them as needed in case of emergency. The locksmith's tasks may include selling and installing recommended locking devices, creating duplicate keys with a key cutting machine, changing lock combinations. The locksmith is supervised by the designated supervisor and can direct the work of other staff members for specific projects. They ensure the availability of an adequate and appropriate stock of locksmith supplies and equipment for use by maintaining an inventory of supplies and equipment including blank keys, lock parts, levers and springs, knobs and cylinders; preparing requests for replacement items as needed; and storing supplies and equipment in a secure storage location.