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Locksmiths and Safe Repairers

Repair and open locks, make keys, change locks and safe combinations, and install and repair safes.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Cut new or duplicate keys, using key cutting machines.
    • Disassemble mechanical or electrical locking devices, and repair or replace worn tumblers, springs, and other parts, using hand tools.
    • Cut new or duplicate keys, using impressions or code key machines.
    • Open safe locks by drilling.
    • Install door hardware, such as locks and closers.
    • Insert new or repaired tumblers into locks to change combinations.
    • Set up and maintain master key systems.
    • Keep records of company locks and keys.
    • Move picklocks in cylinders to open door locks without keys.
    • Repair and adjust safes, vault doors, and vault components, using hand tools, lathes, drill presses, and welding and acetylene cutting apparatus.
    • Install safes, vault doors, and deposit boxes according to blueprints, using equipment such as power drills, taps, dies, truck cranes, and dollies.
    • Install alarm and electronic access systems.
    • Unlock cars and other vehicles.
    • Remove interior and exterior finishes on safes and vaults, and spray on new finishes.

    Skills

    • Repairing

      Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

    • Time Management

      Managing one's own time and the time of others.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • Finger Dexterity

      The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    Knowledge

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 44510/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 21.4/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 560
    • Yearly Projected Openings 50

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Self Control
    • Persistence

    Tools

    • Screwdrivers
    • Power drills
    • Needlenose pliers
    • Lock cylinder accessory
    • Key seating machine

    Technology

    • Map creation software
    • Inventory management software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Calendar and scheduling software
    • Accounting software

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