In general, Locksmiths (259L) work in locksmith shops where they cut keys, sell new locks to customer and install, repair and replace locks; however, some may work with electronic security systems, traveling to the work site to install locks and security systems. In addition, some may specialize in vehicle locksmithing or installing and servicing safes and vaults used in banks.
Additional information on training standards for this particular trade in the Industrial sector may be found on the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website at: http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/trades/training-standards1/industrial
What Preparation and Training Do You Need?
To successfully become a Locksmith, you must complete your Grade 12 secondary school education or equivalent, preferably with credits in Math, English and Science. Extra training in welding, electronics, carpentry and metalworking would be an asset. Many employers require an apprenticeship to be completed although Locksmith is a Voluntary trade. An apprenticeship is comprised of 6,000 hours of on-the-job and in-school training. The in-school component is comprised of 2 eight week blocks of school. To attain success in this trade it is strongly recommended to have extra training in electronics. This is the minimum to be apprenticed in this trade under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades.
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What’s Your Future as a Locksmith?
Locksmiths generally work a 40 hour week, but could be required to work on-call or evenings and weekends. Locksmiths may work in well-lit, pleasant shops in plazas or malls, or in shops or mobile units that are crowded or small. They may be required to work in awkward or confined spaces or work/travel in adverse weather conditions. Self-employed Locksmiths often work long hours because they are responsible for additional tasks such as payroll and accounting. Electronic and computerized locks are becoming more common, which takes considerable study, and home security systems are becoming more high-tech. Keeping up with new technology will be necessary if you are to remain competitive as a Locksmith.
Employers who hire Locksmiths include:
If you answered Yes to most of these questions, a career as a Locksmith may be for You!
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