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Locksmiths assess the security needs of their clients, install appropriate alarms and locking systems, and access/maintain control systems and security systems. They may also need to repair or maintain locking or security systems. This may involve working with traditional mechanical locks or highly Future Growth Decline technical electronic security systems in homes or commercial properties. Besides residential security systems, locksmiths may also be employed to work on security systems for government organisations or for the automotive industry. Many locksmiths are self-employed.

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

ANZSCO description: 323313: Installs and maintains locks and related security devices and systems. Registration or licensing is required.

Alternative names: Metal Trade Worker

Specialisations: Access control systems specialist, Automotive locking systems, Door and window architectural hardware specialist, Safe specialist, Safemaker

Knowledge, skills and attributes

A locksmith needs:

  • to be responsible and honest

  • enjoy technical work

  • good customer service skills - patient and tactful when dealing with customers

  • to enjoy problem solving

  • to enjoy manual work and have good hand-eye coordination

  • to be willing to work on weekends or be called out at irregular hours

  • to be fit to climb ladders and to lift heavy objects

  • attention to detail

  • to be willing to keep up to date with new developments in security

  • good verbal and written communication skills

Duties and Tasks

Locksmiths may perform the following tasks:

A Locksmith at work

  • 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.

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