How Does Locksmith Work?

By: Kirsty Connell

As with any profession with 'smith' in the title, locksmiths originally fabricated locks and keys from metal, although modern locksmiths also work with electronic locks, ranging from key card entry systems to biometric locks. Locksmiths install, repair, and adjust locks in everything from cars to office buildings, and they also offer services to people who are locked out or individuals who want to consult with someone about their security systems.
Most locksmiths need a lot of equipment for the practice of their trade, and it is not uncommon for a locksmith to use a van to carry his or her tools around. Locksmiths typically carry tools which are designed for picking locks, so that they can get into locked structure and vehicles, and they also have equipment to fabricate keys, program electronic locks, and to perform other tasks related to the profession, such as diagnosing problems with electronic lock and security systems.
When a locksmith installs locks on an office building, he or she usually becomes that building's default , because of his or her presumed familiarity with the building's locks.

Some locksmiths retain extra key sets, by request, to gain quick entry when needed. They also keep records of the types of locks used in a structure, replacement or repair work undertaken, and any other relevant information, such as connection with a security system which demands that a code be entered when a door is unlocked.
What are the hours and working conditions of locksmith? Locksmith usually works around 40 hours a week, which could include evenings and weekends. If he works for a firm that provides a 24-hour service, he may have to work some nights to respond to emergency call-outs. He could be based in a shop, cutting keys and selling locks and other security devices, but most locksmiths travel to visit customers on site. Some of locksmith's work will be inside, but he may also have to work outside in all weathers, for example when fitting or repairing window or door locks.
To become a , most people train as apprentices. It helps to have metal fabricating, construction, and electronics skills, but these are not required; locksmiths perform such specific tasks that these skills can be learned on the job. In some regions, locksmiths are licensed, and legal codes may lay out the term under which titles like 'Master Locksmith' may be used. Good locksmiths are excellent problem solvers who are willing to work at unusual hours, and they are of course discreet, as they often handle confidential or sensitive information. So, how to become a locksmith? To successfully become a locksmith, you must complete your Grade 12 secondary school education or equivalent, preferably with credits in Math, English and Science. Extra training in welding, electronics, carpentry and metalworking would be an asset. Many employers require an apprenticeship to be completed although locksmith is an unrestricted trade. An apprenticeship is comprised of 6,000 hours of on-the-job and in-school training. The in-school component is comprised of 2 eight week blocks of school. To attain success in this trade it is strongly recommended to have extra training in electronics.

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