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Career and Education Opportunities for Locksmiths

In general, locksmiths repair and open locks; make keys; change locks and safe combinations; and install and repair safes.

Select a state from the map below to find education opportunities to begin your Locksmith career.


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Locksmith video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

Locksmiths insert new or repaired tumblers into locks to change combinations. They also cut new or duplicate keys, using keycutting equipment. Equally important, locksmiths have to disassemble mechanical or electrical locking devices, and repair or remove worn tumblers and other parts, using hand tools. They are often called upon to move picklocks in cylinders to open door locks without keys. Finally, locksmiths keep records of company locks and keys.

Every day, locksmiths are expected to be able to see details at a very fine level of focus. They need to control and manipulate objects at a fine level of detail. It is also important that they control objects and devices with precise control.