Locksmiths are easily one of the most underestimated and underappreciated professionals in the country, specifically because most people keep assuming that all they can do is open locked doors for you. However, a locksmith from Charlotte is willing to divulge some of the least known facts about working in this industry.
There is a locksmith certificate program – and yes, Ivy League schools offer them too
If you thought being a locksmith doesn’t require higher education, think again. Though they make it look easy, locksmiths are well-versed in both mechanical and mathematical aspects of tiny and intricate machineries and devices. According to Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA), some states even require their locksmiths to be licensed. For this to happen, future locksmiths are required to complete a training program that includes classroom and practical instruction, which can span from three months to four years to complete.
Aside from ALOA and other national professional organizations, various colleges also offer locksmith training and certificate programs. Even well-known and Ivy League schools such as Stanford University, Harvard University, Duke University, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, and the City University of New York offers this certificate program.
According to both the ALOA and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the more specialized a locksmith is, the higher their wage probably is. Locksmiths working for Investigation and Security services have the highest number but those working for specialized industries such as aerospace product and parts manufacturing industry are the highest paid, with around $63,000 in yearly income.
Locksmiths can be divided into four subcategories: safe repairers, installation/maintenance/repair occupations, general maintenance and repair workers, and helpers.
Don’t make a contractor do what a locksmith should.
Installing deadbolts and other security measures are one of those little things that tenants and homeowners often leave to the inexperienced hands of contractors and builders. A deadlock that is improperly installed can’t help you once the burglars decide that your house is worth a 3AM visit.
If it is about locks, then you should put your trust in the real expert.
Locksmiths know all kinds of security measures you can take to discourage a burglar.
Aside from properly installed deadbolts, most reputable locksmiths will also suggest installing a double cylinder lock on your doors especially if you have a window near your door. In addition, locksmiths always tell homeowners to get all the door locks in their newly purchased house re-keyed and stop stamping their keys with ‘do not duplicate’ warning as it is pretty much useless to do so.
Locksmiths are not just about locks and keys, but are also experts in security and safe devices and can provide emergency services if needed.
If you need a professional to help with any locksmith services, contact our team at Eastway Lock & Key in Charlotte NC. We will be happy to assist. Give us a call at 704-347-1088, or complete our Contact Form and we’ll get back to you right away. Don’t forget to find us on Facebook and Twitter!