The work involves installation, maintenance and repair of locks, keys, and other door or gate hardware. Incumbents use a variety of small hand and bench tools to repair and install locks, set cylinders, change lock combinations, and open jammed locks. Employees in the class estimate materials needed and establish and maintain lock and key record systems. Supervision may be exercised over one or more maintenance subordinates. Does related work as required.




Repairs locks that have become jammed or are otherwise inoperative.

Removes locking mechanism from doors, gates, cabinets, etc.

Opens the lock and removes defective parts or debris-causing malfunction.

May manufacture springs, tumblers or levers to fit a specific lock.

Inserts new part into lock mechanism.

Adjusts tumblers and levers as necessary.

May manufacture keys to fit the repaired lock.

Installs and maintains the lock and key system in a facility.

Sets lock cylinders and changes combinations on locks.

Computes changes in lock combinations and key changes to avoid duplication of combinations and record changes.

Maintains locks by disassembling them, cleaning, oiling and replacing parts, and, as necessary, manufacturing parts such as screws and springs.

Troubleshoots and repairs electronic locking systems and components such as card readers, electronic strikes, mag locks, etc.

Reads, interprets and works from blueprints, CAD drawings, diagrams and specifications; determines materials and equipment to be purchased for both new construction and renovations.

Maintains a sufficient inventory of supplies and parts.

Establishes and maintains an extensive record system in order to avoid key and lock duplication and to insure the required security of the facility and its contents.

Uses a computer for the creation of reports, communication, maintaining records and as a tool for programming and troubleshooting electronic access systems.

Performs work from ladders, platforms, lifts and in all weather conditions.

May be required to operate a motor vehicle.




Good knowledge of the principles, methods, materials, tools and equipment of the locksmith trade.

Working knowledge of the mathematics needed to determine key changes, changes in lock combinations and the setting of various master keys.

Working knowledge of facility security procedures concerning the issuance of keys and locks.

Working knowledge of all types of locks, locking systems, electronic locking systems and the installation and repair of this equipment.

Working knowledge of all types of electronic access systems, card access control panels, card readers, infra-red card readers and other associated electronic components.

Ability to plan and lay out locksmith work.

Ability to read, interpret and work from blueprints, CAD drawings, diagrams and specifications and determine materials and equipment to be purchased.

Ability to troubleshoot and repair electronic locking systems and components.

Ability to use tools, machines, equipment and materials of the locksmith trade.

Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.

Ability to perform work requiring precision and attention to detail.

Ability to create and maintain accurate records.

Ability to use a computer.

Ability to estimate labor and material requirements of locksmith work.

Ability to supervise and train others in the locksmith trade as required.

Ability to learn and adapt to new technologies associated with the locksmith trade.

Ability to work from ladders, platforms, lifts and in all weather conditions.






Three (3) years of work experience, or its part‑time equivalent, as a locksmith.




When required to operate a motor vehicle, possession of a valid New York State Non-CDL or CDL, including any special endorsements, as required for the type of vehicle being operated.



11/2011 Revised