Lesson1: Introduction to Locksmithing - Part 2The different fields of Locksmithing and types of work performed
A basic locksmith is authorized to work on a person’s home security. You are allowed to duplicate keys, make new keys, and handle picks. Your basic Locksmith work involves cutting keys, rekeying locks, upgrading door hardware and installing new locks. This requires familiarity with hand tools, power tools, key machines, and lock hardware. A specialized role within this field is the emergency locksmith.
Emergency technicians are on call 24 hours a day. They respond to lockouts, fix break-ins, and repair broken doors. They also engage in basic locksmith work, such as rekeying locks and installing door hardware. Emergency technicians deal with a plethora of moral and ethical crisis. Thus it is important to ensure that you are licensed, bonded and insured. Emergency technicians are called in to change the locks when a spouse has been abused. They open the door into grandma’s house when she hasn’t answered the phone in two weeks, and they change the locks on your door when someone you don’t trust has the keys. Emergency technicians work with people who are scared, angry, and vulnerable and often in conjunction with the police.
A less exciting but equally important aspect of Locksmithing is on the commercial industrial side of business. Commercial locksmiths work on construction sites and developing buildings. Commercial locksmiths need to be able to read blue-prints and be familiar with worksafeBC. They install doors and door hardware. They construct master key systems for the building and integrate construction masters for the crew. Alternatively, locksmiths can reside within pre-existing institutions. Hospitals, prisons, and school boards, are examples of institutions which keep full time locksmiths on their payroll.
High security specialists work with high-security locks, exclusive keyways, and electronic locks as well as with safes. They control access to highly exclusive areas and possess sensitive knowledge of those areas.
Automotive locksmith specialize in automobile locks. For vehicle locks, each year, make, and model often has different internal mechanisms, as well as unique and specific electronic and mechanical hardware. Thus automotive Locksmithing has a steep learning curb and requires a large base of specialized tools and knowledge. This work largely involves opening locked cars, cutting specialized keys, and occasionally tearing out steering coulombs, door panels and reprogramming onboard computers. Most often however, automotive technicians open locked vehicle doors. Automotive technicians often intercede the dealership-client relationship to provide automotive services at a better price and by more reliable technicians.