Duke University Job Description:


Job Code: 0419 


Job Level: 08 

Revised Date: 03/01/2020  

Job Family: JF 21 

Occupational Summary

Perform journeyman level installation, repair and maintenance of locks, door closures, panic hardware systems and electronic locking systems; recombinant and adjust locks, including coding, key cutting and duplication.

Work Performed

Determine methods to be used, including but not limited to key cutting and duplication, adjusting or changing key combinations and recombinating any lock within the current Duke system; update written key records as required.

Maintain keying schedules on minor projects.

Perform periodic maintenance and repair on door closure systems, including but not limited to key card systems and electromagnetic systems.

Install, repair and maintain all major types of locks, door closures, and panic hardware systems in accordance with work orders and instructions including, but not limited to, keycard and electromagnetic systems to conform with current federal, state and local safety and security regulations.

Assist in the installation of electronic and other special locking systems for University buildings and facilities; perform complex repairs and update records as required.

Estimate time and materials required for repair and renovation projects; assist in planning sequence of operations and determine methods to be used.

Open locks by use of lockpicking tools, dismantling or other methods; repair locks by replacement of worn or broken parts or by adjustment or recombination of locks to the master / submaster system in use.

Repair, maintain and change safe and vault combinations.

Utilize key cutting machines, drills, saws, buffers and grinders, key gauges and locksmith tools.

Provide technical guidance and direction to lower level personnel.

Determine proper methods to be used in key cutting and duplication.

Repair/maintain card reader systems.

Install/repair/maintain electromagnetic-locking systems.

Assist in the installation of electronic locking systems for the university and medical buildings.

Assist in the installation of special locking systems for the university and medical buildings.

Use computer programs for keying and specification writing.

Perform time and material estimates for repairs and renovation projects.

Determine the proper methods and planning sequences of operations on projects.

Open a locked door without a key.

Drill plugs from locks to gain access to rooms.

Set up cores and cylinders for any type of lockset.

Determine which keys/master keys are in the lock during setup.

Maintain and repair safes including combinations, damage from drilling open, changing combinations by hand/key and opening without combination.

Change vault combinations.

Adjust key cutting machine to .003 of an inch.

Use key gauge to read cuts on key.

Use buffers and grinders in all key and lock applications.

Properly stamp codes on keys with index.

Teach and mentor other locksmiths.

Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

Required Qualifications at this Level


Work requires an educational background normally equivalent to a high school education with course work in skilled crafts or trades, or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience.

Possess a valid North Carolina driver's license.



Work requires knowledge of hardware and electronic locking systems normally acquired through 3 years of experience in the installation, repair and maintenance of hardware and electronic locking systems.






The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

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