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Job Locations US-CA-San Diego
Posted Date 1 month ago(1/11/2018 4:03 PM)
Job ID
# of Openings
Skilled Trades


The Locksmith performs a variety of locksmith tasks installing, opening and repairing all types of locking devices, making keys and changing combinations on locks. This requires analyzing, constructing, altering, repairing or modifying locking and security systems and security containers while considering the sensitivity and related security requirements of the area being protected. Incumbent must have broad knowledge of the functions and capabilities of commercially manufactured locking devices as well as their working interrelationships with a variety of equipment such as alarms, monitors, video equipment, timing mechanisms, sensors, backup power and equipment which make up a complete security or surveillance system.


The Locksmith must be able to install, repair and maintain various types of locking devices including prison locks, electronic and battery powered locking devices, mechanical and electro-mechanical locks, access control systems, combination, mortise and cylinder locks used on doors, padlocks, safes, vault doors, file cabinets and auto ignition systems. Must be able to disassemble locks, replace or work on broken parts and manufacture replacement parts when normal stock parts are not available. Repair, replace and make minor alterations to locking mechanisms such as interchangeable cores, springs, pins, bent discs, tail pieces, etc. Incumbent must be able to create pinning charts for re-keying of various manufacturers interchangeable cores, re-movable cores or standard cylinders.


The Locksmith must be able to extract broken keys and open locks whose key or combination are not available, by means of locksmith tools and trade skills. Make original, duplicate and master keys by code, impression or duplication using key duplicating machine, key cutting machine or hand filing. Must have in depth knowledge of neutralization techniques to conduct or assist in investigations to determine if locking devices have been tampered with. Must be able to maintain accurate key control files. Performs locksmith and other assigned duties aboard ships and shore installations.



Operations – The Locksmithshall work alone or with other workers to perform simple or complex tasks while following appropriate and safe procedures. Responsible for reporting to workload manager all discrepancies or unsatisfactory performance of equipment as well as unsafe conditions. Must be familiar and comply with all safety regulations. Must wear appropriate safety equipment. Visual and sensory perception along with hand-eye coordination is required to operate equipment, detect deficiencies and make repairs; diagnose problems; and make installment of devices, equipment, parts, etc. The Locksmith shall have a good familiarity of NAVFAC SW Safety and Health Requirement manual, instructions, agency equipment regulations and directives. Guidelines will include a variety of Federal, Department of Defense, and Department of Navy, Commander Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest publications, manuals, directives, standards, policies and procedures. Published guidance will be provided by the Government as needed.


Processing – The Locksmith shall receive assignment from the workload manager in the form of oral or written instruction (work order) to perform a variety of locksmith tasks. The LOCKCS shall work alone or with other workers to perform simple or complex tasks while following appropriate and safe procedures.


Housekeeping – The Locksmith shall ensure all designated working areas are maintained in an orderly manner and continuously maintained free of trash and debris. At the end of each day, the general work areas shall be swept, supplies, materials, tools, and equipment shall be pick-up and stored, and the municipal trash containers will be emptied.


Technical Support – The Locksmith shall receive work assignments through oral instructions provided by the workload manager. Specific assignments of work are provided with detailed instructions on all but the repetitive tasks. Work is checked during progress and upon completion for compliance with instructions, adherence to established practices and standards, and overall acceptability of work. A journeyman-level employee normally checks daily assignments. A Government employee gives advice on unusual problems and checks to see if completed work meets the requirement.


Meetings/Conferences – The Locksmith shall participate in meetings with contractors, agencies, clients, and team members when required to do so.


Briefings – The Locksmith shall participate in briefings when required to do so.


Updates – The Locksmith shall provide monthly status report that summarizes the work efforts and accomplishments performed.


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – The Locksmith shall comply with all PPE requirements of the Navy.


Experience Requirements:

The Locksmith must be knowledgeable and skilled in servicing a wide variety of locking devices and security containers including repairing, replacing or fabricating parts covered by manufacturers parts catalogs and specifications. Must possess a working knowledge of geometry in order to calculate the degree of cut and angle when performing locksmith duties and possess the ability to coordinate work with personnel in other shops or trades, such as with machinists, to identify tolerances and for machining irregularly shaped parts.


The Locksmith must have in depth knowledge of neutralization techniques when conducting investigations to determine if locking mechanisms have been tampered with. Applies expert knowledge of locks and locksmithing to serve as a consultant to management; to design and install locks/locking systems to meet special security requirements, that require the significant modification and adaptation of locking mechanisms for uses to which they were not specifically designed; and to fabricate tools and parts from a variety of materials, using welding equipment, hand tools and power tools such as grinders, lathes, milling machines, and drill presses.


The Locksmith must be able to develop drawings, read, plan and layout work, interpret and apply specifications as applicable. The employee must have a thorough knowledge of the full range of locking devices used to meet special security objectives.


All Candidates must have/be:

a) Valid California “C” state driver’s license.
b) Strong communication skills in the English language, both written and oral.
c) U.S. citizenship or resident alien. Proof of US Citizenship or resident alien card will be required.

d) OSHA 10 - General Industry or Construction Certified before starting work.

e) Ability to perform regular and recurring field inspections, investigations, or surveys in which there is a considerable amount of walking, stooping, bending, and climbing.
f) Ability to perform work in an office setting, with occasional visits to construction sites. Work involves moderate risks of discomforts that require adherence to safety precautions.
g) Ability to acquire a Common Access Card (CAC).



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