Profession of a Locksmith: What you need to know

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Like other working specialties, the profession of a locksmith has always been in great demand. This is since the life of a modern person is automated in almost all spheres, and without the special service of a locksmith, it is often impossible to carry out even the most seemingly ordinary operations.  

Who is a locksmith: what you need to know about the profession? 

The peculiarity of the locksmith profession is that this specialty is extremely diverse. The range of work performed is very wide, which is why this field often has a narrow specialisation. Here is a short list of responsibilities for common tradesmen: 

  • mechanic-repairman – an expert in identifying the causes of malfunctions and repairing any parts or mechanisms; 
  • a plumber is an expert of plumbing and sewerage systems; 
  • fitter – specializes in the installation of various automatic or technical systems; 
  • toolmaker – creates the necessary tools or molds for casting parts; 
  • instrumentation locksmith is a specialist in the maintenance and adjustment of instrumentation and automation devices 
  • hydraulic fitter – specialist in servicing hydraulic devices and equipment 
  • electrician – a specialist in the repair of electrical equipment. 

Tasks and responsibilities of a locksmith 

  • disassembly and assembly of all kinds of equipment units 
  • performing several locksmith operations with parts 
  • installation and launch of complex mechanisms, carrying out a scheduled technical inspection 
  • equipment performance testing 
  • repair of used equipment 
  • explanatory work on labor protection 
  • adjustment of complex equipment. 

Pros and cons of a locksmith: 

  • This field of activity has its advantages and disadvantages. The benefits include: 
  • decent wages 
  • high demand for specialists 
  • a real opportunity to find a job immediately after graduation. 

Among the disadvantages are: 

  • the likelihood of industrial risks, injuries 
  • the need for manual labor 

How to become a locksmith? 

In order to become a locksmith, you need to get a secondary vocational education or complete specialized training courses. Many educational institutes in the UK accept young people who wish to master this specialty after high school. 

What skills are needed? 

A locksmith must be able to carry out locksmith operations, assemble complex mechanisms, test used machines and machines, and perform electrical work. This specialty will require physical strength and endurance. 

It will be easier for people with technical and spatial thinking to master the profession. The inherent qualities of a good locksmith are patience, endurance, the ability to focus attention. A good eye, sensitive fingers and confident firm hands will come in handy. The specialty is not suitable for people with musculoskeletal disorders, weak cardiovascular systems or poor eyesight. 

What subjects do I need to take? 

For admission to a secondary specialized educational institution, a graduate is good enough to pass exams, which imply a test of knowledge of the Russian language, mathematics, social studies. SSUZ most often do not make high demands on applicants who want to become locksmiths. 

Is distance learning possible? 

Remote development of this specialty is provided only for persons who already possess basic skills and knowledge, but who want to improve their qualifications. It is impossible to get the profession of a locksmith from scratch on courses in online schools, since this specialty is working, which means that it implies a large amount of practice-to-practice basic skills. 

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