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Essential Functions:

  • 1. Responds to emergency calls during non-scheduled work hours.
  • 2. Installs, programs, and repairs various types of electronic and combination locks.
  • 3. Follows established schedule as determined by priority of work orders by making repairs to malfunctioning door hardware, door closers, locks, hinges, transfers, stops and latches throughout the NJIT campus.
  • 4. Determines whether repairs can be made on the spot or if it is necessary to remove lock, latch, etc., to shop area for further repairs, reconstruction or replacement.
  • 5. Strips locks, resets pins, and fits new key etc.
  • 6. Answers requests for emergency repairs as necessary or when directed. 7. Installs new door hardware as needed.
  • 8. Reviews installation of hardware installed by others, including construction contractors, in order to generate punch list deficiency reports.
  • 9. Makes and issues new or duplicate keys through approved work orders, etc.
  • 10. Maintains the master key system and files for complete Institute Community indicating description, key number, and code number indicating the person or persons to whom the key was issued. This includes entry and maintenance of information into an electronic key tracking system.
  • 11. Maintains a well-equipped and safe shop by recommending and requesting proper supplies and equipment and adhere to established safety procedures.
  • 12. Operates an effective lock – preventative- maintenance program. 13. Possesses the ability to use all the tools and equipment used in the locksmith craft.
  • 14. Performs the carpentry necessary when applicable for the locksmith craft.
  • 15. Completes locksmith projects, renovations or reconstruction from Engineering, Architectural drawings, layout, schematics and specifications when necessary.
  • 16. Reviews door hardware specifications and keying plans within printed or electronic construction documentation in order to recommend adjustments to conform with campus standards.

Knowledge, Experience, & Other Qualifications:

  1. Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license.
  2. Four (2) years’ experience
  3. Knowledge of basic building structural systems.
  4. Ability to coordinate with other shop staff to complete projects.
  5. Ability to work effectively with staff at all levels, in all departments.
  6. Ability to complete work according to specifications, with attention to detail.
  7. Ability to plan and organize work, at times with interruptions.
  8. Ability to problem solve and repair/construct items according to specifications.
  9. Ability to work independently, make decisions and complete assignments.
  10. Ability to work overtime hours as necessary and in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement.
  11. Ability to interpret and read blueprints and drawings.
  12. Ability to communicate in English, orally and in writing.

What Does a Professional Locksmith/Security Professional Do?

A professional trained locksmith/security professional may do some or all of the following: install locks, deadbolts and other mechanical or electronic locking devices to safeguard homes, businesses, vehicles and other property. Locksmiths also may modify or repair such devices, rekey locks, make duplicate keys or cards, generate or program new keys/cards for locks whose keys/cards have been lost and respond to emergency calls to unlock vehicles, homes and businesses that have been locked accidentally, or whose locks have malfunctioned.

Some locksmiths install and service electronic alarm and surveillance systems. Many locksmiths specify, design, provide, install and service a wide range of electronic access control systems and closed circuit television (CCTV) systems. Because of the integration of electronic security systems with computers and networks, some locksmiths maintain security hardware and software for computer systems.

When new or replacement locks are required, a locksmith assists the customer in determining the correct types of locks needed based on the security risk/exposure, life safety application and frequency of use. The locksmith installs locks and security devices using manufacturer’s templates and/or industry specifications, by cutting or drilling the proper opening in the selected location with small hand and power tools.

A locksmith may sell, service and install safes for home and business use. Banks have many locking devices and related hardware that require regular service by locksmiths such as; vault doors, time locks, safe deposit boxes and teller equipment.

A locksmith repairs a lock by disassembling and examining it to locate worn or malfunctioning parts, then cleans and adjusts the internal mechanisms and replaces these parts with new ones supplied by the lock’s manufacturer. On occasion, it may be necessary to custom make some repair parts using lathes, drills, grinders, and other power and hand tools. When the repairs have been completed, the locksmith will reassemble the lock and check its operation.

A locksmith makes duplicate keys using a key-duplicating machine. With the customer’s (pattern) key and key blank clamped in their respective vises, the locksmith moves the pattern key across the guide. A rotary cutter cuts the same pattern into the key blank. The locksmith carefully examines the new key to ensure its accuracy.

A locksmith may respond to emergency calls for customers who have accidentally become locked out of a home, business or vehicle. The locksmith begins by examining the lock(s) to determine the best method to circumventthe lock. These methods may include use of lock picks, bypass tools or other special instruments. Fitting a key by code or other skilled means is also a method of opening a lock. Experience, skill and knowledge dictate the method a professional selects to open a lock. There are times when the quality of the lock, concern for safety of occupants and other factors such as a malfunction of the lock may force the locksmith to use destructive techniques to gain entry. Before performing an emergency opening or certain other sensitive tasks, the locksmith may require positive ID procedures.

For security reasons or because keys are stolen or misplaced, many businesses, hotels/motels and apartment complex owners contract with locksmiths to provide new master key systems, reset combinations and rekey their door locks on a regular basis. Some cities and states require locksmiths to be licensed and bonded. The licensing process may include submitting fingerprints, undergoing a state or national background check, passing an examination, and paying a fee to the licensing agency. A self-employed locksmith must also keep business records and maintain a proper inventory of locks, parts, keys and tools.

Qualifications: Mechanical Locksmithing involves precise and detailed work. Good locksmithing professionals possess mechanical and mathematical ability, good vision, spatial perception, eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity. They must be able to understand lock and key specifications, operating manuals and other written or oral instructions as necessary. Additional traits include patience, emotional stability, honesty, ependability, accuracy and the ability to get along with other individuals.

Education and Training: During high school, the prospective locksmith should take courses in mathematics, mechanical drawing, metalworking, basic electronics, physics, and English plus some business education. To install electric locks, alarms, access control systems or surveillance devices, locksmiths must have knowledge of electricity and electronics.

Traditionally, on-the-job training has been a primary method of learning locksmithing skills. Trainees work with experienced locksmiths until they have mastered the necessary skills. In some on-the-job training programs, employees attend demonstrations or receive classroom as well as practical training. The length of time necessary to complete on-the-job training ranges from three months to four years, depending on the level of expertise required for a given sector of the profession. Completion of courses at a locksmithing school will provide a basic knowledge of the trade and may shorten the length of the on-the-job training programs.

Continuing education for the locksmith is provided by seminars and classes presented by lock manufacturers, locksmithing schools and locksmith associations, including the Associated Locksmiths of America.

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