Lead Locksmith

Lead Locksmith

The Claremont Colleges Services (TCCS) is the central coordinating and support organization for a highly regarded cluster of seven independent colleges known as The Claremont Colleges. TCCS, with about 300 staff members, provides exceptional shared services to 9,000 students, and almost 3,600 faculty and staff. TCCS staff work in both student-facing services as well as administrative and operational services. Our numerous departments are located throughout The Claremont Colleges campus in the beautiful city of Claremont, California.


Purpose of Position: Under general supervision, the Lead Locksmith performs skilled journey-level locksmith work in the installation, adjustment, maintenance, repair, and replacement of all types of locks and integrated security systems, access control devices and other types of lock hardware such as latches, door checks, and panic bars, including changing of lock combinations and making of keys for the buildings, structures, and equipment of The Claremont Colleges consortium, including The Claremont Colleges Services (TCC), five undergraduate colleges, and to graduate institutions. This position requires strong organizational skills, and an ability to manage unexpected events and changes in priorities with composure.

  • Installs all types of locks and integrated security systems, access control devices and lock hardware, including panic bars, and performs the carpentry necessary for such installation. Installs and maintains electrical access and exit control systems.
  • Adjusts, maintains, repairs, and replaces door locks, padlocks, tumbler locks, combination locks, and various other lock hardware such as panic bars, door checks, latches, catches, fasteners, and door closures.
  • Designs master key systems which include sub-master and single keys and maintains records. Redesigns lock cylinders to use as many as five different keys.
  • Operates key-cutting machines.
  • Changes locker combinations and enters numbers of lockers and combinations in an official register.
  • Changes lock combinations using code systems and code machines. Repairs safes and safe-locking systems.
  • Works with college staff in devising systems to prevent break-ins and pilferage. Opens or removes locks which cannot be opened by ordinary means.
  • Instructs college personnel in the operation of key-cutting machines and code machines.
  • Safely operates hand and power tools and equipment used in the locksmithing trade.
  • May use a lathe, drill press, and other power tools in forming parts for locks, lock hardware, and/or safes.
  • May assist in preparing routine reports, material lists, estimating job costs, preparing job records, and making surveys of locksmith needs.
  • May provide work direction to staff assigned to perform locksmith work Perform other related duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibility

1. Number of Direct Reports: 2

2. Title(s) of Direct Report(s): Locksmith


The following qualifications are required to perform the essential functions of this position, or the individual must be able to demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed (with or without reasonable accommodation) using other qualifications not listed below.

Education and Experience :

High school diploma or the equivalent and completion of an apprenticeship program of at least four years' duration in the locksmithing trade, or five years of full-time, paid journey-level experience in the locksmithing trade.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities :
  • Strong mathematical skills, including the ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide, determine linear measurements, compute areas and volumes of conventional shapes and forms, and compute approximate weight of objects. Construction and repair of various types of locks, access controls and locking devices
  • Electronic keys and access control devices Integrated security systems Current practices, materials, hand and power tools, and equipment used in the locksmithing trade and related trades
  • Properties, adaptability, and uses of various metals, wood, and other locksmithing trade materials
  • Safety and health regulations and practices pertinent to the locksmithing trade
  • Computer software and equipment used in the locksmithing trade
  • Capabilities of computer applications, systems, and hardware used in the locksmithing trade
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel.
  • Maintain accurate files and records, some of which may be confidential.
  • Be available for overtime work and to be on-call.
  • Fluent written and oral English skills.
  • Effective and professional communication skills with a diverse population of employees, TCCS leadership, vendors, and contracted personnel.
  • Present a neat and professional appearance and be capable of performing all tasks and presenting oneself in a manner that reflects favorably on CFS and TCCS, and of promoting the interests of these organizations throughout The Claremont Colleges and TCCS.

Other : A valid driver's license and a driving record acceptable to TCC's automobile liability insurance provider.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Key Shop system experience
  • Work experience in facilities operations for an institution of higher education.

Work Schedule: The regular hours for this full-time position are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Will be added to on-call rotation to include weekends. May be required to work holiday, weekend, and/or evening hours. Regular hours may vary due to the needs of the organization or business unit.


Pay : The pay rate is $31.00- $32.50 per hour.

Benefits : This position is eligible for our employment benefits package including:

  • medical, dental, vision,

  • 10% retirement contributions after one year (no matching required),

  • group life insurance,

  • generous time off,

  • professional development funds,

  • discounts for mobile plans, software, and entertainment,

  • access to fitness facilities,

  • and more!

    To view additional information and to apply, visit https://theclaremontcolleges.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/TCCS_Careers/job/Claremont/Lead-Locksmith_REQ-6437

    Equal Opportunity Employer:
    TCCS is an equal opportunity employer. TCCS managers make employment decisions on the basis of merit, with the aim to have the best available person in every job. TCCS prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), gender (including gender identity and gender expression), national origin or ancestry, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, sexual orientation, sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), military or veteran status, and status with regard to public assistance, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation. TCCS also prohibits discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of these characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of these characteristics. All such discrimination is unlawful.

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