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Locksmith

Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred Police Check Other Qualification

Locksmiths install, sell, test and maintain locks and related security devices and systems.

Locksmiths may be required to work weekends, on call and after hours. Some locksmiths work in mobile units, travelling between jobs.

They may also be required to work in confined spaces and outdoors.

TASKS

    Locksmiths may perform the following tasks:

  • sell and install high-security lock systems, key control systems, all types of mechanical locks and keyless-entry locks
  • repair, replace or adjust damaged or defective components of doors, including door closers, hinges and electronic release mechanisms
  • change mechanical and electronic key codes
  • design, manufacture, install and manage restricted master key systems
  • determine customer security requirements and assess risks through discussion and on-site inspection
  • assist clients to gain entry to premises, automotive vehicles, safes or high-security storage containers such as filing cabinets
  • recommend appropriate security and locking systems such as safes, strong rooms, alarms, closed-circuit television (CCTV), and door and window locks
  • install, replace and maintain locking systems, alarms and access control systems
  • test the performance of locks and security systems
  • repair jammed, worn or damaged locks by manipulating, dismantling, repairing or replacing defective parts
  • sell locks, safes and associated hardware
  • cut new or duplicate keys for locks and other security systems and devices
  • keep records of specifications of installed locking systems

PERSONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • enjoy technical work
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • able to lift heavy items
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • able to work independently or as part of a team
  • attention to detail
  • patient and tactful when dealing with customers
  • good vision and hearing
  • good verbal and written communication skills

Interest Area

Manual/Practical

SPECIALISATIONS

Safe and Vault Technician - opens, rebuilds, moves and installs safes.

EDUCATION & TRAINING


Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred Police Check Other Qualification

To become a locksmith you usually have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship in Locksmithing.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.


Additional Information

    In NSW, locksmiths who install security lock systems must undergo a National Police Check before being issued a security licence. They must also hold, or work under someone who holds, a valid Master Licence issued by the Security Licensing and Enforcement Directorate (SLED) of the NSW Police Force. Contact SLED for more information. In the ACT, locksmiths must undergo a National Police Check before being issued a security licence. They must also hold, or work under someone who holds, a valid Master Licence issued by the Office of Regulatory Services (ORS). Contact ORS for more information.

    Membership of the Locksmiths Guild of Australia and Master Locksmiths Association of Australasia is available to anyone interested in this industry. Visit their websites for more details.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Locksmiths are employed by locksmith and security firms. There may also be opportunities for self-employment. They can specialise in lock manipulation, key manufacture and identification, access control installations, safes and automotive work. Work may include domestic, commercial, government, retail and automotive situations.

Demand is largely dependent on concerns about security and security upgrades involving electrical security, access control and alarm monitoring systems.

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More Information - External Links

Job Outlook for Locksmith Locksmiths Guild of Australia Inc. Master Locksmiths Association of Australasia Ltd Security Licensing and Enforcement Directorate (SLED), NSW Police Force Office of Regulatory Services (ACT)


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