There are so many possibilities and career paths you can undertake as a trained Locksmith, the world is your oyster. Not only can you choose your own working hours, choose to work for yourself, run your own business, subcontract or all three if you wish there are also many opportunities to specialise in your field! So what specialties can you venture into as a Locksmith? Discover them below!
Auto Locksmiths are trained to deal with cars. They deal with things such as replacing car keys, creating new car keys, reprogramming keys, car lock outs, removing broken keys from lock and ignition to name a few. Auto Locksmiths are also great in an emergency if you need roadside assistance.
To become an auto Locksmith you will need extra specialist training, as a trained Locksmith this would just be a short extra course.
What is reprogramming?
From 1995 all vehicles manufactured are required by law to have an immobiliser system. This prevents burglars from stealing your car with a makeshift key or hot-wiring a vehicle. It works with the ignition only starting when it receives the correct code from the matching transponder key with an electronic chip. Some keys require a diagnostics machine to reprogram a key which is an additional piece of kit Auto Locksmiths will need to purchase.
Safe Specialist Locksmith
A safe specialist is able to open all different types of safes whether they are key operated, combination or digital, as new technology evolves some safes are now operable with a fingerprint! Safes not only come with different opening and locking mechanisms but they also are varied in their size and how they are fixed such as to the wall, floor or perhaps free-standing. Some safe’s do not require specialist skills to open but many do which is why the need for this extra skill in the Locksmithing industry. Another thing to point out is that if access is needed to a gun safe, there must be another gun safe cabinet available for safety reasons.
A security consultant is another branch Locksmiths can venture into from the Locksmith industry. A security consultant can work in many different areas including the industrial sector, public and private sector, hospitality, transportation and more just to name a few. A security consultant’s job is to assess security risks and threats and works with the client to make an informed decision in how to handle these risks.
Access control is another industry Locksmiths can venture into to broaden their horizons. Access control is responsible for maintaining and repairing the electronic side of security systems. This could be electronic door systems, electronic gates, car park barriers, turnstiles and biometric access control systems to name just a few. As you would imagine, to get into the field of access control further training is necessary and not all courses offer the same thing so ensure you do your research for the best course for you.
Key cutting is also a specialist skill that Locksmiths will need to train for. There is a need for key cutting specialists as there are a wide variety of keys out there that simply cannot be cut from an existing key. A key cutting specialist will be able to cut keys by hand or using a specialist key cutting machine to copy a wide range of keys including old, damaged keys, security keys and restricted keys. As well as copying keys, key cutting Locksmiths are able to create a key without the original or a copy if the key has been lost.
As you can see there is a wide variety of specialities you can venture into as a Locksmith and there are more opportunities you can dive deeper into not listed here, the possibilities are endless. Whether you are new to the industry and want to venture into a new career or whether you just want to pick up some new skills we have courses for you. Check them out on our Locksmith courses page here! Here at Keytek® Academy our Locksmith courses are designed to set you up to excel in your new career and set you up so you’re ready to take on specialities in the industry should you wish.