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Locksmiths and Safe Repairers - 49-9094.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Repair and open locks, make keys, change locks and safe combinations, and install and repair safes.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Certified Master Locksmith (CML)
  • Certified Master Safe Cracker
  • Certified Master Safecracker (CMS)
  • Forensic Locksmith
  • Lock Technician
  • Locksmith
  • Registered Safe Technician (RST)
  • Road Service Locksmith
  • Safe Technician
  • Vault Technician

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Cut new or duplicate keys, using impressions or code key machines.
  • Cut new or duplicate keys, using key cutting machines.
  • Disassemble mechanical or electrical locking devices, and repair or replace worn tumblers, springs, and other parts, using hand tools.
  • Insert new or repaired tumblers into locks to change combinations.
  • Install alarm and electronic access systems.
  • Install door hardware, such as locks and closers.
  • Install safes, vault doors, and deposit boxes according to blueprints, using equipment such as power drills, taps, dies, truck cranes, and dollies.
  • Keep records of company locks and keys.
  • Move picklocks in cylinders to open door locks without keys.
  • Open safe locks by drilling.
  • Remove interior and exterior finishes on safes and vaults, and spray on new finishes.
  • Repair and adjust safes, vault doors, and vault components, using hand tools, lathes, drill presses, and welding and acetylene cutting apparatus.
  • Set up and maintain master key systems.
  • Unlock cars and other vehicles.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Assemble electrical components, subsystems, or systems.
  • Cut materials according to specifications or needs.
  • Disable door locks.
  • Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair.
  • Document operational activities.
  • Drill holes in parts, equipment, or materials.
  • Fabricate parts or components.
  • Install hardware or other interior fixtures.
  • Refinish wood or metal surfaces.
  • Repair structural components.
  • Repair worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
  • Replace worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
  • Set equipment guides, stops, spacers, or other fixtures.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Locksmith (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Structural (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Unit Supply Specialist (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Locksmith
  • Safe & Vault Service Mechanic

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Locksmith
  • Locksmith Apprentice
  • Safe-and-Vault Service Mechanic