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Locksmiths & Safe Repairers

Also called: Certified Master Locksmith (CML), Lock Technician, Locksmith, Service Technician

What they do:
Repair and open locks; make keys; change locks and safe combinations; and install and repair safes.
On the job, you would:
  • Cut new or duplicate keys, using keycutting machines.
  • Cut new or duplicate keys using impressions or code key machines.
  • Disassemble mechanical or electrical locking devices, and repair or replace worn tumblers, springs, and other parts, using hand tools.


Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • law and government
  • customer service
  • sales and marketing
Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • computers and electronics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • order or arrange things
  • use rules to solve problems


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Self Control
  • Cooperation


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • dESCO ESC software
  • Marathon Data Systems ServiceCEO
Inventory management software
  • Inventory tracking software
  • WH Software MasterKey
Accounting software
  • Intuit QuickBooks


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
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