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An employee in this class performs skilled locksmith work in the repair, alteration, installation and keying of locks on buildings, equipment, lockers and vehicles; resolving immediate operational and/or safety concerns; maintaining District keying system, card access and proximity access systems; maintaining a preventive maintenance program; and assisting other skilled trades.



Installs locking system (e.g. doors, door hardware, closures, panic hardware, changes lock combinations, security bolts, etc.) for the purpose of maintaining facilities in a safe, comfortable and operating condition.

Cuts new or duplicate keys for the purpose of providing the county with a master key system and ensuring security of its facilities.

Repairs various items, systems and/or components for the purpose of ensuring the items are available and in safe working condition.

Inspects facilities, systems and their components for the purpose of ensuring safety and identifying necessary repairs and providing an ongoing program of preventive maintenance.

Fabricates unique locks and locking devices for the purpose of meeting the specialized security problems within the district.

Diagnoses malfunctions of security systems for the purpose of identifying repair/replacement needs necessary to maintain systems.

Performs minor repair or modifications to door and/or frame for the purpose of ensuring proper closing and security.

Re-keys locks and changes combinations for the purpose of ensuring security of facilities.

Coordinates with administration and other trades for the purpose of completing projects/work orders efficiently.

Maintains tools and/or equipment for the purpose of ensuring the availability of equipment in safe operating condition.

Requests equipment and supplies for the purpose of maintaining inventory and ensuring availability of required items.

Assists other trades personnel as may be required for the purpose of supporting them in the completion of their work activities.

Performs other related work as required.



Graduation from high school, preferably supplemented by vocational training in plumbing and utility work, and some experience in water utility maintenance; or any equivalent training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities.



Possession of valid driver’s license issued by the State of North Carolina.  Must maintain a safe driving record.  Employees assigned to this position must follow specific drug testing requirements, procedures and consequences of positive alcohol or drug tests.



Must be physically able to operate a variety of equipment and machinery including ditchers, jack hammers, hammer drills, saws, shovels, probing rods, and various plumbing tools, etc.  Must be physically able to operate a motor vehicle.  Must be able to exert up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 75 pounds of force frequently, and/or 25 pounds of force constantly to move objects.  Requires the ability to climb and maneuver on ladders, scaffolding, and/or in tight spaces.

Requires the ability to read work orders, logs, diagrams, blueprints, schematics, etc.  Requires the ability to prepare activity logs and reports according to prescribed formats. 

Requires the ability to apply principles of rational systems to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists, to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic, or schedule form.

Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width and shape.

Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes rapidly and accurately in using hand tools.



General knowledge of locks and security systems, equipment, and fixtures.

Working knowledge of the tools and equipment used in the installation and repair of locking systems and equipment.

Some knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of locksmith work and other trades required of the position.

Some knowledge of the maintenance requirements of locksmith and related equipment.

Ability to use and care for hand and power tools and equipment necessary to perform plumbing installation and repair tasks.

Ability to follow oral and written instructions.

Ability to perform manual labor for extended periods of time as required by work assignments.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by work assignments.


REPORTS TO:      Director of Maintenance

FSLA STATUS:    Non-Exempt


The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees in this job.