What does a Locksmith do?

Locksmiths perform a range of tasks related to the installation, repair, replacement, and maintenance of locks and security devices. These tasks include installing or repairing locks and related hardware, programming electronic security and access systems, and troubleshooting malfunctioning devices. They also respond to emergency calls of lockouts and create replacement keys. They prepare estimates, invoices, and other paperwork. They educate customers about the operation and maintenance of security systems.

Locksmiths have at least a high school diploma and have commonly completed a training program at a trade school or through an employer. They must have extensive hands-on experience using a variety of power tools and hand tools. Familiarity with locksmithing equipment and security systems is an advantage. Some states have licensing requirements, and these positions also typically involve background checks and security clearances.

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How much does a Locksmith make?

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“On the job training is satisfactory.”

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“Phone app based workflow is user friendly.”

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Oct 22, 2021

“Best career move I have ever made.”

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“Not much there is a lot to learn”

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“good people honest fair and hardworking”

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“Expect 20% pay, no gas money, no reimbursements.”

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“Great schedule, great co”

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Apr 15, 2022

“Work independently, training was complete.”

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