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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 615E
Category: Maintenance Trades & Labor


Functions as a fully qualified journey-level locksmith. Positions perform a variety of duties in skilled locking systems repair and installation work.

Typical Work

Makes and issues keys required for students, staff, and other personnel in their use of, and access to offices, laboratories building, units, or secured sites throughout a campus, institution, or facility using computerized database; produces computer-generated reports;

Maintains records of key assignments and locks for buildings on campus;

Repairs malfunctioning locks; re-keys locks to improve building security;

Manages and maintains computerized master key control system/schedule of locks and keys;

Orders key blanks, lock parts, locksets, latches and other materials required to maintain a working inventory;

Repairs and maintains parking meters and time clocks;

Inspects key and locking systems for buildings; changes combinations of safes and vaults; performs emergency keying and opening services on locks and safes;

Estimates cost of proposed locking device installation or revisions; makes recommendations for hardware types;

Straightens, repairs, installs and otherwise services hinges and panic locking and unlocking devices; maintains and repairs fire doors, door closures, door jams;

Uses and maintains hand and power tools such as lock picks, drills, wood chisels, metal grinders, etc.; operates key duplicating machines, drill press, grinders, and other power and hand tools required for accomplishing work;

Maintains a preventative maintenance plan for detention locking systems;

Repairs electric door opening/locking devices including touch-pad entry system;

Performs basic electronic access control system programming such as making routine coding changes to electronic access software to modify passwords and access;

Performs work in the repair, installation, and construction of locking devices, digital locks or keying systems, and keys;

Performs work in the repair and installation of computer hardware and software related to locking devices, digital locks or keying systems including electronic access control systems;

Operates motor vehicle;

Positions may supervise lower level staff.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  locksmith techniques and equipment; computer hardware and software operation.   

Ability to:  repair, install and construct locks and locking devices; make keys.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Positions typically require three years' full-time work experience as a locksmith helper/trainee or journey level standing as a locksmith.  Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements.

Class Specification History

New class, consolidates 5375 Locksmith, 71030 Locksmith; adopted May 10, 2007, effective
July 1, 2007
Revised typical work; adopted June 13, 2019; effective July 1, 2019.