Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Correctional Locksmith

Recruitment #210155-2368CO-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Correction (DOC) is recruiting for Correctional Locksmith for District 1's Maintenance Warehouse that services Enfield, Somers and Suffield.  The recruitment pool may be used to fill future positions and opportunities within the job class as vacancies occur at any DOC facility. If a candidate is interested in the job class, they should apply and be sure to check all towns they are willing to work in.

This position is full time, Monday through Friday, first shift 7:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and is entitled to excellent benefits:

  • Health and Dental
  • 25 year Hazardous Duty Retirement
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Supplemental Benefits
  • State of CT Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • Holidays
Selected candidates will be required to attend a 12 week hazardous duty training at the Maloney Center for Training & Staff Development located in Cheshire, CT.

To learn more about maintenance positions within the Department of Correction:

Selection Plan

During the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s) for this position.  These documents may include:  performance reviews, supervisory references, licensure, etc. at the discretion of the hiring agency.

Please ensure that your application is complete.  You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the State of Connecticut.  Candidates who submit an untimely, incomplete or inaccurate application will not be considered for this employment opportunity.  

This posting will be used for future vacancies.

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Erica McGuinness at


In a Department of Correction facility or district, this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in the general repair, maintenance and installation of locking, computerized and mechanical security systems and equipment.


Performs maintenance, diagnostic assessment, repair and installation of locking, mechanical and computer security equipment including locks, pneumatic locks, electronic keypads, fingerprint locks, gate motors, cell mechanisms, handcuffs, padlocks, electric and/or manual and combination gates; repairs, lubricates and opens locks; cuts new and duplicate keys; changes lock combinations; repairs or replaces worn tumblers, springs and other parts; maintains and repairs gate and door hinges, openers and closers; keeps lock maintenance and key control records of all security equipment as well as location and authorized holder; maintains stock of replacement parts, locks and keys; maintains stock of back up padlocks, keyed identically to those in use; inventories stock and orders and receives parts; retains custody of blueprints for institution, all keys for security system and emergency devices to manually unlock cells and gates in event of electric failure; maintains highest security for critical materials; may perform supplemental duties related to other trade disciplines based on experience, knowledge skills and agency needs; may physically restrain inmates, quell disturbances and otherwise assist custodial forces in emergencies; may be required to operate a motor vehicle; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of construction, repair and maintenance of locks and mechanical, computerized and electromechanical security devices; considerable knowledge of tools, materials, methods and principles of locksmithing; considerable knowledge of correctional security measures; oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills; ability to quickly detect mechanical problems and apply corrective action; ability to operate and interpret computerized and automated control systems; ability to maintain records and prepare reports; ability to read and interpret blueprints and/or diagrams; ability to perform under stress and remain stable in pressure situations; basic ability to detect and diagnose related electrical problems; basic ability in welding and other peripheral equipment repairs.


Experience as a locksmith.

Note: Based on an individual’s technical experience, the length of credited service will be determined at the discretion of facility management.


  1. Two (2) years as a Correction Officer assigned to a full time training program in the locksmith area is qualifying experience.
  2. Experience performing technical duties within the maintenance trade area on a military base, aircraft carrier or large compound may be qualifying experience.


  • Experience working with commercial/industrial locks; 
  • Knowledge of low voltage locks and controls; 
  • Knowledge of master key system.


  1. Incumbents in this class must have reached their 18th birthday.
  2. Incumbents in this class may be required to successfully complete a formal training course in correctional work to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the class.
  3. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
  4. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.


In addition to the checking of references and of facts stated in the application, a thorough background investigation of each candidate may be made before persons are certified for appointment.


  1. Incumbents in this class must have general good health, be free from any disease or injury which would impair health or usefulness and possess and retain sufficient physical strength, stamina, agility, endurance and visual and auditory acuity required to perform all the duties of the class.
  2. A comprehensive medical examination, including a controlled substance screening, will be required of all applicants upon a conditional offer of employment.


Incumbents in this class may be exposed to danger of injury or assault by inmates and the danger and discomfort of working with tools of the trade.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.