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Locksmith

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Locksmith
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€16 -  
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Last Updated: March, 2011

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Designs, installs, maintains, and repairs locks and safes.


The Work header image

Locksmiths supply, fit, service and repair a wide range of locks. They also give people advice on ways to improve the security of their homes or business premises. Locksmiths are highly skilled; their work involves everything from basic key cutting to emergency opening procedures and the installation of sophisticated security systems.  
 
Many locksmiths work from a shop and offer a call-out service to do a wide variety of different tasks. Others are mobile and offer a 24-hour emergency service. They deal with emergency access problems, for example, when someone has lost their keys, locked themselves out of their house or had a lock damaged during an attempted break-in. They may also do this at the request of the police, local authorities and housing associations. Call-outs can involve travelling in the local area at any time of the day or night to gain access to a vehicle or building. Locksmiths often work outdoors, sometimes in bad weather.  
 
When fitting a new lock or replacing a faulty one, locksmiths first talk to the owner or builder of the property to discuss their requirements. Locksmiths often give advice on security and fire safety issues, using their expert knowledge to recommend the most appropriate security systems for the customer. Some customers (for example, businesses and large organisations) have sophisticated requirements, for example, electronic locks, master key systems and closed circuit televisions. Larger projects of this kind may involve locksmiths in co-operation with building companies and security guard firms.  
 
After talking to the owner or builder of the property, the locksmith advises which type of lock assembly is most suitable. The locksmith measures and marks the exact position of the new lock, and then uses tools to cut or chisel holes that fit the lock exactly. Using screws, the locksmith secures the mechanisms. They make sure mechanisms work properly, making minor adjustments if necessary.  
 
Locksmiths who work in retail outlets give advice and sell security products to the general public. This may include selling padlocks and safes, and producing duplicate keys either by hand or using key cutting machinery. Some locksmiths work for specialist firms, advising property owners on security issues.  
 
Locksmiths may become involved in auto-locksmithing (fitting locks in cars), for example, hel

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Cut new or duplicate keys, using keycutting machines.

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Cut new or duplicate keys using impressions or code key machines.

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Disassemble mechanical or electrical locking devices, and repair or replace worn tumblers, springs, and other parts, using hand tools.

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Keep records of company locks and keys.

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Set up and maintain master key systems.

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Insert new or repaired tumblers into locks to change combinations.

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Install door hardware such as locks and closers.

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Open safe locks by drilling.

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Move picklocks in cylinders to open door locks without keys.

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Install alarm and electronic access systems.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Controlling Machines and Processes:  Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment:  Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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

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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.

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Law and Government:  Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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Sales and Marketing:  Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Repairing:   Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Quality Control Analysis:   Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Equipment Maintenance:   Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Troubleshooting:   Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

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Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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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.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Locksmiths need a high level of technical skill and expert knowledge of a wide range of lock assemblies and other security devices. To be a locksmith, you need an interest in mechanical and electronic gadgetry; carpentry skills would be very useful. You will need a comprehensive knowledge of sophisticated techniques and technology, including master keying and electric locks.  
 
You will deal with the public, so you must be a good communicator and able to get on with a wide range of people at all levels.  
 
Above all, locksmiths must be honest, discreet and able to inspire confidence. This career involves a lot of responsibility and public trust.  
 
You should be analytical and possess an enquiring mind; attention to detail is also a necessary skill for a locksmith. You may need a full driving licence.


Entry Routesheader image

Many employers provide their own training that is carried out by senior qualified locksmiths. In some cases training may take up to five years.  
 
Practical craft and engineering skills will give you an advantage in entering this work.  
 

Licensing of Locksmiths Contractors Announced

Legislation dictates that all security employees including locksmiths now have to be licensed.

Following the signing of Regulations by the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, TD, the PSA announced that the critical date for the licensing of contractors in the locksmith sector would be the 1st February 2017. Announcing the introduction of licensing the PSA’s Chief Executive, Paul Scallan said “The extension of licensing to locksmiths is another major milestone in the regulation of the private security industry. I would like to thank all those involved in the process over the past 2 years and in particular the members of the working group who developed the standard for licensing, PSA 55:2016.”

The PSA will start accepting applications from contractors for this new sector from 1st November 2016. In order to obtain a licence, contractors will require a certificate from a PSA approved certification body certifying compliance to PSA 55:2016.

Last Updated: November, 2016


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Organisation: Associated Locksmiths of Ireland (ALOI)
  Address: 415 Howth Road, Raheny, Dublin 5
  Tel: (01) 8550 625
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Organisation: Private Security Authority
  Address: Davis Street, Tipperary Town
  Tel: 062 31588
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