Locksmiths install, repair and maintain locks.Job Category:
What you will do:
Your day-to-day duties could include:
- fitting locks to doors and windows
- selling, servicing and repairing locks and other security devices
- cutting copies of keys and making new keys
- fitting combination locks and timing devices to safes
- repairing locks on motor vehicles
- providing a call-out service to people locked out of their home or business or after break-ins
You might also sell, install and maintain other security mechanisms and systems, and fit safes and security devices like closed circuit television (CCTV).
You could specialise in a particular area, like repairing and key cutting for antique locks.
- the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
- knowledge of public safety and security
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
As well as:
To become a locksmith, specific GCSE subjects are not typically required, as the role focuses on practical skills and knowledge related to locks and security systems.
However, certain subjects can provide a foundation for developing the skills and qualities needed for this career. Here are some relevant GCSE subjects and skills that can be beneficial for becoming a locksmith:
Relevant GCSE Subjects
- Design and Technology (D&T): Offers insights into mechanisms, tools, and practical skills that can be applicable to locksmithing.
- Mathematics: Basic math skills are useful for measurements, calculations, and understanding lock mechanisms.
- Physics: Understanding principles of forces and mechanics can aid in understanding how locks work.
- ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Proficiency in using technology, such as key-cutting machines or security systems, can be valuable.
There are no set requirements.
You could, however:
- contact local locksmithing companies to see if they’ll take you on and train you on the job
- train as a locksmith by taking courses
- get into this job through an apprenticeship
Some experience in carpentry or engineering might be useful, but isn’t essential.
Working Hours and Environment:
You’ll usually work around 40 hours a week, which could include evenings and weekends. If you work for a firm that provides a 24-hour service, you may have to work some nights to respond to emergency call-outs.
You could be based in a shop, but most locksmiths travel to visit customers on site.
Some of your work will be inside, but you may also have to work outside in all weather conditions.
Career Path & Progression:
You could work for a national company, run a franchise or become self-employed.