County of Alameda

Locksmith (#9222)

Bargaining Unit: BTC - Crafts and Trades (002)
$52.66-$52.66 Hourly / $4,212.80-$4,212.80 BiWeekly /
$9,127.73-$9,127.73 Monthly / $109,532.80-$109,532.80 Yearly


Under general supervision, to perform journey level locksmith work including installing, adjusting, rebuilding, replacing and maintaining a variety of locks and locking devices; establish and maintain master key systems; maintain effective records related to locksmithing tasks and to do related work as required.


These positions are located in the Building Maintenance Department of the General Services Agency and report to a Supervisor, Carpentry, Paint and Lock Services. Locksmiths perform journey-level locksmith work with minimal supervision. This class is distinguished from the higher-level classification of Supervisor, Carpentry, Paint and Lock Services in that the latter is supervisory in nature and has overall responsibility for the operations of a Carpenter/Paint/Locksmith Shop.


NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Not all duties listed are necessarily performed by each individual in the classification.

1. Installs, adjusts, replaces and rebuilds locks.

2. Duplicates keys using hand and electrically operated key cutting machines; issues keys and locks, and keeps related records.

3. Opens locks that cannot be opened by ordinary means.

4. Adjusts and services related door closing and locking devices, including panic device hardware.

5. Installs, adjusts, rebuilds, replaces, maintains and services a variety of locks and locking equipment, including overhead closures, automatic door closures, electrical and mechanical hold opens, and electronic or mechanically secured sliding doors at detention facilities.

6. Establishes, expands, or modifies master key coding systems. Maintains central key control records and security of keys, codes, combinations, and location and possession of keys.

7. Changes key and cylinder combinations in accordance with changes in master key system.

8. Uses various power and hand tools in the fabrication or modification of lock and panic device hardware parts.

9. Maintains accurate and timely operational and work records on various databases.

10. May research parts and supplies via internet and place orders. Estimates labor and material costs.

11. May direct and/or train other workers as required.

12. May order, install, and adjust doors to fit new and existing openings.

13. Maintain safety awareness; follow policies and procedures and instructions given by supervisors and leads.

14. Install and maintain key pad access control systems.

15. Install and maintain card reader access control systems.



The equivalent of three years full-time journey level locksmith experience.


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.


Special Requirements:

Must be able to obtain and maintain security clearance.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Methods, materials, tools and equipment used in repairing locks and making keys.
• Design, construction, installation, operation, adjustment, repair, rebuilding and maintenance of locks, including standard cylinders, cipher locks, cabinet locks, desk locks and file cabinet locks locking devices and door closures.
• Master key systems.
• Fabrication of master keys.
• Uniform Building Code, Uniform Fire Code, ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) codes pertaining to doors, entrances, and exits and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) codes pertaining to safety.
• General construction safety including use of MSDS (Material Data Safety Sheets).
• Electrical systems.
• Card reader access control systems.
• Key pad access control systems.
• Mathematical calculations required to perform locksmithing tasks.
• Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and Internet use.

Ability to:

• Set up and read master key systems.
• Decipher key code systems,
• Install, maintain, adjust and repair all types of locking devices.
• Work from specifications and sketches.
• Estimate labor and materials costs.
• Work independently and as a team member.
• Communicate, collaborate and coordinate with other trades.
• Plan and organize assignments, tools, data, information, etc.
• Acquire knowledge required to install, maintain and repair locks and hardware in detention facilities.
• Maintain accurate records, computerized and hand written.
• Deliver exceptional customer service.
• Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

JC:pf 9/26/01
New doc: 9222.doc
CSC date: 11/14/01
TB:pf Revised 4/22/03
CSC Date: 6/11/03
CH:cs Revised 5/4/12
CSC Date: 6/13/12
SP:cs Revised 12/26/14
CSC Date: 2/18/15


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.


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