A locksmith works with locks, keys and other security measures. Tasks commonly performed by locksmiths include installing and repairing locks for customers, and cutting and copying keys for their use; they may also help provide access to an owner that is accidentally locked out of a residence or vehicle.
One of the locksmith's main roles is repairing existing locks or installing new ones. They inspect existing locks to be repaired and offer an estimate based on labor time and any parts needed. In new lock installation, the locksmith normally offers a quote based on the number of keys, the type of lock and the number of locks to be installed. Locksmiths are also called by home and car owners for accidental lock-outs. They normally need proof of ownership before assessing the lock and providing the owner with the risks involved (such as potential damage to the lock or door). They then gain entry and provide any additional services such as lock repair or replacement as needed.
Many prospective locksmiths work as an assistant or apprentice to a locksmith certified by a professional association. Some vocational schools and technical colleges also offer course work in the field. Locksmiths normally work during regular business hours, although most people in this career use either a paging system or answering service to take calls on weekends, overnight hours and holidays. They generally factor in a service premium for off-hours service.
Maintain equipment, including master keys, inventory, parts, warrantees, and records.
Analyze site to identify security measures for doors, windows, and other points of access.
Select, install, and update locks and related hardware.
Disassemble, repair, and troubleshoot problems with locks.