Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
45d ago

Pay for locksmiths varies depending on experience, allowances and location.

  • Apprentice locksmiths may start on the minimum apprentice rate but usually start on about $15 an hour, with their pay increasing up to $20 as they gain skills and unit standards.
  • Qualified locksmiths with one to three years' experience usually earn between $20 and $25.
  • Qualified locksmiths with more than three years' experience can earn between $25 and $29.
  • Self-employed locksmiths may earn considerably more than this, depending on the success of their business.
  • Locksmiths can also earn a commission if they are entitled to a percentage of any after-hours call-out fee.

    Source : New Zealand Locksmith Association, 2015.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Locksmiths may do some or all of the following :

  • install and repair locks, safes, alarm systems and electronic locks
  • cut or make keys to fit locks and reset combination locks
  • open jammed locks and safes
  • advise clients on locks, safes and general security needs
  • develop and design master key systems
  • unlock vehicles and make replacement keys if necessary
  • develop and design electronic key systems and alarms, including transponder keys
  • help law enforcement agencies with tenancy evictions, repossessions, search warrants, and forensic investigations.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Locksmiths need to have knowledge of :

  • master keying, key making and key cutting
  • different lock types, safes and locking mechanisms
  • lock repair methods and locksmith workshop equipment
  • security alarm systems
  • electronic security systems.
  • Locksmiths :

  • work regular business hours, but may also be on call and have to work at night or during weekends
  • often work from a mobile workshop in a van and travel within their region to do jobs
  • may work in workshops and travel to jobs at businesses, private homes and vehicles.
  • Entry requirements

    To become a locksmith you need to complete a three-year apprenticeship and gain a National Certificate in Locksmithing (Level 4).

    Competenz, an industry training organisation, oversees locksmith apprenticeships.

    Locksmiths must not have any criminal convictions that have a term of imprisonment attached. A security guard licence may be required and it is helpful to have a driver's licence.

    Secondary education

    Useful subjects include NCEA Level 2 English, maths, workshop technology and computing.

    Locksmiths need to be :

  • careful and accurate, with an eye for detail
  • thorough and efficient
  • honest and reliable
  • good at problem solving, with the ability to think laterally
  • able to work alone and unsupervised.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for locksmiths includes :

  • basic engineering and mechanical workshop skills
  • metalwork, woodwork and carpentry
  • work with electronic equipment
  • customer service experience.
  • Physical requirements

    Locksmiths need to have good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses).

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