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Locksmith I


Maintains locks, keys, and security systems.  Duplicates keys, repairs, replaces, opens, and re-keys locks.  Changes lock and safe combinations.    Ensures that all security devices are in adequate working condition.  Utilizes knowledge of the field’s standard concepts, practices, and procedures.  Relies on limited experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.  Works under direct to general supervision.  Primary job functions require exercising little independent judgment.  Typically reports directly to a supervisor or manager while working under the oversight of a Locksmith III.  May report directly to a Locksmith III.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description.  These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

  • Cut new or duplicate keys, using key cutting machines
  • Cut new or duplicate keys using impressions or code key machines
  • Disassemble mechanical or electrical locking devices, and repair or replace worn tumblers, springs, and other parts, using hand tools
  • Keep records of locks and keys
  • Assist in setting up and maintaining a master key systems
  • Insert new or repaired tumblers into locks to change combinations
  • Install door hardware such as locks and closers
  • Move picklocks in cylinders to open door locks without keys
  • Assist with installing alarm and electronic access systems

Education and Experience

Completion of an approved locksmith apprenticeship program; or a high school diploma and two years of appropriate experience. Appropriate vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience.

Licensure and Certification

Driver license may be required (if duties dictate)


  • Works under direct to general supervision
  • Does not directly supervise others

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