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Locksmith

This position is located at an assigned Veterans Administration medical facility performing work involved with repairing, overhauling, modifying, testing, and installing a variety of locking devices typically found on doors, desks, compartments, mobile equipment safes, vaults, and other secured locations.
The work includes the manufacture and duplication of keys and the keying and combinating of locking mechanisms.
The work requires knowledge of the construction, operation, and functional characteristics of locking devices, and skill in manufacturing replacement parts, devising or changing combinations, establishing master keying systems, neutralizing lockouts, and a variety of installation and repair processes such as filing, drilling, chiseling, and grinding.
May provide technical assistance and guidance to remote customer locations and to lower grade/less experienced locksmithing personnel.
Performs the full range of work in the installation, repair, maintenance, and modification of a wide variety of commercial locking devices with varying makes and models found in doors, desks, safes, vaults, compartments, mobile equipment, and secured areas.
Disassembles repairs, cleans, reassembles, and reinstalls a large variety of moderate to extremely complex locking devices.
Provides expert advice and recommendations to management on the most appropriate locks/systems for specific security requirements.
Where appropriate, suggests the use of a master key system to preclude the overuse of keys.
Designs and installs such master key systems.
Designs and installs locks and integrated locking systems (e.
g.
, including electronic panic button interfaces, etc.
) to meet special security requirements and management needs.
Increases the level of key control and security by modifying keyways and key blanks to create local unique combinations.
Attends seminars and carefully reviews trade journals, catalogs, regulations, and manuals to maintain expert knowledge of locks and associated hardware, new products, and regulatory requirements affecting work.
Maintains required records.
Troubleshoots to determine malfunctioning components and repairs by reworking existing parts based on knowledge of interrelationship with related components.
Determines precise locations and angles for drilling without harming the contents or causing irrevocable damage to the locking mechanisms or containers.
Carefully examines all locks worked on for evidence of attempted neutralization and, if found, takes the steps necessary to decertify the lock and/or container.
Uses a large variety of intricate tools to perform this work and provides maintenance on same, installs new parts as needed and fabricates repair items such as locking bolts and special screws.
May also fabricate parts necessary to repair locks no longer in production, requiring careful determination of dimensions/specifications and the use of a variety of hand and power tools.
Attempts to preclude neutralization of items worked on by repairing them to higher than original strength by the addition of harder steel at critical access points.
Makes operational tests to assure devise function properly.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Work Schedule:
8:
00 a.
m.
- 4:
30 p.
m.
, Monday - Friday Position Description Title/PD#:
Locksmith, PD 07412A

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