Job: Locksmith (Open)

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Job Title:Locksmith (Open)
Closing Date/Time:Mon. 10/02/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$41.33 Hourly
$3,306.40 Biweekly
$7,163.87 Monthly
$85,966.40 Annually
Job Type:Full-Time
Location:San Mateo County, California
NOTE: This recruitment schedule was amended on Monday, September 25, 2017 to extend the closing date. Final Closing Date will be Monday, October 2, 2017.

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE APPLYING FOR THIS POSITION: Candidates will be required to complete an extensive security clearance package and undergo a thorough background check conducted by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office prior to hire. The selected candidate MUST BE cleared to work in and around a locked facility and detainees.

Locksmiths work in the Facilities Maintenance and Operations Division of the Public Works Department and install, maintain, repair and service all of the locking devices in County facilities.

Duties of the Locksmith include but are not limited to: servicing, repairing and maintaining locks, door closers and related hardware; maintaining stock for replacement of lock units and parts; maintaining repair and maintenance records, key issues and duplicate key schedules; picking jammed locks using special tools; devising and adjusting master key systems; and planning lock security systems for County facilities.

The ideal candidate will have at least five years of experience working as a locksmith in a commercial, governmental, or industrial facility.  

Education and Experience: Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is journey level status as a locksmith and demonstrated proficiency in the repair of locks and the maintenance of master key systems.

Knowledge of: Master key systems; fabrication of master keys; locking devices and hardware; methods, materials, tools and equipment used in repairing locks and making keys; basic hand tools, their proper and safe use; common safety practices in the workplace; basic arithmetic for measuring, calibrating and estimating; asbestos awareness and recognition; applicable NFPA (fire) codes; and ADA standards and requirements.

Skills/Ability to: Decipher key code systems; install, maintain, adjust and repair all types of locking devices; use of locksmithing tools and equipment; read drawings and work from plans and specifications; carry out oral and written instructions; maintain accurate records; plan lock security systems; work independently; demonstrate basic mechanical aptitude; maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with others; bend, stand and walk for extended periods of time; and lift and carry equipment and materials.

Licensure/Certification: Possession of a class C California driver license or equivalent.
Anyone may apply. Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

The examination will consist of a written test (weight: pass/fail) and/or a performance test (weight: 100%) which may also include the completion of a written exercise. Depending on the number of applications, an application appraisal may be conducted in lieu of the examination. All exams will be given in San Mateo County and applicants must participate at their own expense.

Application Deadline: October 2, 2017
Written Exam: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Performance Exam: November 1 and/or 2, 2017

IMPORTANTApplications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply Online" button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date.

The County of San Mateo does not require job applicants to disclose conviction history information until after the applicant successfully completes all examination phases for the recruitment. All passing applicants will receive instructions by email only from Human Resources staff to complete and submit a conviction history questionnaire online within a specified deadline of two business days.  Failure to do so within the timeframe will disqualify you from the rest of the process.  Please visit this link at to find out more information about the conviction history questionnaire so that you can prepare accordingly.

Note: Positions in criminal justice agencies currently required by law to pass background checks are exempted from this bill, and applicants may be required to submit conviction information at the time of application.

County of San Mateo is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Analyst: Christina Chan (091117) (Locksmith - T027)

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