8885 Locksmith Apprentice


TITLE Locksmith Apprentice




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Designated Supervisor

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Maintenance Supervisor


The Locksmith Apprentice responds to training and practical instruction by learning and demonstrating the ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the locksmith trade which must be mastered within a specific period of time, not to exceed two years. Failure to master the essential duties and responsibilities of the locksmith trade within the specific time period may result in termination. During the period of training, the Locksmith Apprentice performs locksmithing under the direct supervision of an Access Control Specialist or other designated employee following established procedures and guidelines. The Locksmith Apprentice learns and performs routine key, lock, and door maintenance work, such as, installing, maintaining and repairing different types of building locks including cylindrical, unit, mortis and rim, and reload cylinders, replacing and repairing panic hardware, door closures, ADA openers, locks on desks, file cabinets, display cases, and similar containers, cutting new or replacement keys, picking locks for which keys have been lost or broken, and making repairs of locks as required. The Locksmith Apprentice uses hand and power tools and follows established procedures in the construction, repair, maintenance, and alteration of campus buildings and facilities. The Locksmith Apprentice prepares work sites for repair/maintenance work and returns work sites to a useable condition at the completion of assigned work.


Education: A high school diploma or the equivalent is required. Completion of a maintenance vocational or technical school or a recognized apprenticeship program in locksmithing is preferred.

Experience: Requires at least two years of work experience in locksmithing, access control, mechanical, building, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, or a maintenance trade. Knowledge of life safety codes is preferred. Experience with Medeco, Best, or Corbin Russwin locks is preferred.

Skills: Requires mechanical aptitude. Computer literacy is required. Skill in the use of small hand and power tools, mechanical equipment and materials applicable to the mechanical trades is preferred. The ability to read wiring diagrams, blueprints, and schematics is preferred.

Effort: Must possess visual acuity and dexterity sufficient to work effectively with small precision moving parts. Must be able to lift and carry materials and equipment weighing up to twenty-five pounds on a frequent basis and up to fifty pounds on an occasional basis; prolonged standing and frequent bending, stooping, and reaching on a daily basis. Requires a full range of physical motion in order to operate manual and electrically-powered tools and mechanical shop equipment. Must be able to move throughout campus, including climbing stairs in all University buildings, in order to perform locksmithing work. Work is performed indoors and out-of-doors, occasionally in environments that are dusty, noisy, or which could have work hazards. Some positions in this job classification (job title) are designated as essential employees who must report to work as scheduled when University offices are closed due to severe weather; the supervisor will communicate whether the particular position is considered essential and under what situations.

Other: A valid Missouri Drivers License is required. The scope of the position requires exposure to and use of chemicals, solvents, cleaners, and lubricants common to mechanical work that may be hazardous and/or cause injury if specific instructions regarding their mixture, use, and disposal/storage are not properly followed. Must be able to read the English language sufficiently to understand written work orders and instructions as well as directions for the proper mixture, use, and disposal/storage of cleaners, solvents, paints, and similar products used in mechanical services.


1. Learns and performs locksmithing work using hand and power tools and follows established procedures for routine key, lock, and door maintenance work, such as, installing, maintaining, and repairing different types of building locks including cylindrical, unit, mortis and rim, and reload cylinders, replacing and repairing panic hardware, door closures, ADA openers, locks on desks, file cabinets, display cases, and similar containers, cutting new or replacement keys, picking locks for which keys have been lost or broken, making repairs of locks as required, making carpentry repairs to doors and jambs, replacing worn strike plates, hinges, and door closures, and replacing defective locks, keys, door closures, and card swipes.

2. Assists the Access Control Specialist by cutting keys, pinning cores, and maintaining the keying schedule.

3. Protects University property and equipment by complying with University and departmental key control policies and procedures.

4. Returns work sites to a useable condition at the completion of repair work by cleaning work areas, removing debris, and used materials, disposing of waste, and salvaging leftover materials.

5. Minimizes institutional liability regarding the University's compliance with federal regulations by complying with policies, laws and regulations governing environmental protection, safety, hazardous waste disposal and the use of chemical substances and materials.

6. Performs preventive maintenance of mechanical tools and equipment by spot checking equipment to determine their working condition, oiling moving parts, cleaning and servicing tools and equipment as directed or specified in the operator's manual, and returning damaged tools and equipment for repair or replacement.

7. Contributes to an accident-free work environment by complying with operator's instructions for the use of power tools, wearing protective gear such as goggles, hearing protectors, back supports, and work gloves, reporting incidents of unsafe work activity to supervisors, and following standard safety precautions during work.

8. Contributes to the overall success of the Mechanical Maintenance Department by performing other essential duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Locksmith Apprentice is supervised by the designated supervisor and does not exercise supervision of others.




Factor 1: Educational Requirements of the Job

Level 2 - 100 Points: The job requires a high school diploma or equivalent.

Factor 2: Skill Requirements - Craft and Trade Skills

Level 2 - 350 Points: General mechanical or technical aptitude and a general knowledge of, and experience in, a skill, craft, or trade. A general ability to understand procedures, operations, and/or operate basic equipment, that typically require some previous experience or training is required. Jobs at this level typically require at least one and up to two years of related experience for successful performance.

Factor 3: Managerial Responsibility

Level 2 - 75 Points: Irregular but occasional responsibility to direct the work of student workers or temporary or part-time workers. The nature of supervision is largely confined to assigning tasks to others and does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities. Responsibilities at this level may include tracking budgeted spending, limited purchasing authority, and tracking inventory.

Factor 4: Guidelines

Level 2 - 50 Points: Specific guidelines and established routines exist, but some judgment in applying guidelines and deviating from standards must be exercised. The number and similarity of guidelines and work situations requires the employee to use judgment in locating and selecting the most appropriate guidelines, references, and procedures for application and in making minor deviations to adapt guidelines in specific cases. At this level, the employee may also determine which of several alternatives to use. Situations to which the existing guidelines cannot be applied or significant proposed deviations from the guidelines are referred to a supervisor.

Factor 5: Contacts

Level 2 - 50 Points: The purpose may include obtaining or clarifying facts, or providing factual information to others. Contacts may be with coworkers or structured exchanges with students or the general public, and are generally for the purpose of exchange of information. Contacts at this level might include discussing a work order with individuals in a departmental office to more clearly define the problem, or providing directions or information to students or the general public.

Factor 6: Work Environment

Level 3 - 70 Points: The work area involves moderate discomfort and/or risk such as operating heavy machinery or dangerous equipment, or frequent exposure to hazardous materials. Alternatively, the work area may be subject to environmental discomfort such as poor ventilation. Loud noises, and/or extremes of heat or cold. The work often requires wearing protective gear that may be uncomfortable. The nature of the work environment may produce moderate levels of stress.

Factor 7: Physical Demands

Level 3 - 100 Points: Work requires continuous moderate with some strenuous physical exertion including standing, climbing, crawling, and regular lifting of objects over 50 pounds.

Factor 8: Responsibility for Facilities and Resources

Level 3 - 70 Points: At this level would be jobs in which the incumbent has considerable ongoing responsibility for building security and public safety.

Factor 9: Complexity

Level 2 - 250 Points: The work consists of tasks that involve related steps, processes, or methods. Decisions regarding what needs to be done involve choices requiring the employee to recognize the differences among a few easily recognizable situations. Decisions at this level are based on knowledge of the procedural requirements of the work coupled with the awareness of the specific functions and assignments of the department.