Locksmiths and Safe Repairers

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Vault Service Mechanic
  • Vault Installer
  • Time Lock Expert
  • Service Technician
  • Safe Technician
  • Safe Expert
  • Safe and Vault Service Mechanic
  • Safe and Vault Mechanic
  • Safe and Vault Installer
  • Road Service Locksmith
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What They Do

  • Remove interior and exterior finishes on safes and vaults, and spray on new finishes.
  • Install safes, vault doors, and deposit boxes according to blueprints, using equipment such as power drills, taps, dies, truck cranes, and dollies.
  • Repair and adjust safes, vault doors, and vault components, using hand tools, lathes, drill presses, and welding and acetylene cutting apparatus.
  • Unlock cars and other vehicles.
  • Install alarm and electronic access systems.
  • Move picklocks in cylinders to open door locks without keys.
  • 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.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: I.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Working Conditions and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

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

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $42,560 with most people making between $28,680 and $60,890

Outlook

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avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 430 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 370 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 20 replacement openings for approximately 20 total annual openings.



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