Locksmithing & Security Technology

The comprehensive Locksmithing & Security Technology program allows students to jump-start a locksmithing career and quickly earn a return on their educational investment. In the hands-on, nine-month program, students study with an experienced locksmith in small classes. The program will give you a firm grasp of the fundamentals and allows you to do high-quality work after graduating.

You’ll learn locksmithing through a combination of classroom theory, lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on benchwork, surveying, and installation. You’ll graduate with the ability to service and repair all types of residential and commercial door-locking devices. You’ll also be familiar with security technology such as electronic access control systems.

The program space includes individual benches for each student, a room for instruction and demonstration, a resource library, and all the major equipment and tools you would find in a locksmithing shop. Classes meet five days a week in the mornings, and after your second semester, you can work part-time while continuing to learn the trade in class.

Schedule & Curriculum

  • Students are admitted in September and February.
  • The maximum enrollment is 13 students.
  • Classes meet 7:30 am – 12:30 pm, Monday – Friday, September through May.
  • The program length is one, nine-month academic year (36 weeks or 900 class hours*).
  • Classes meet five days a week in the mornings, and after your second semester, you can work part-time while continuing to learn the trade in class.
  • Students who complete the program receive a Diploma of Locksmithing & Security Technology.

* Class hours equals clock hours.

Careers

Graduates of our Locksmithing & Security Technology program work for schools, security firms, small businesses, and on their own.

They have a variety of career options, such as:

  • Locksmith, safe technician, or safe repairer
  • Forensic locksmith
  • Certified Master Locksmith (CML)
  • Certified Master Safecracker (CMS)
  • Certified Master Safe Technician (CMST)
  • Certified Registered Locksmith (CRL)

According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Locksmiths and Safe Repairers held about 15,380 jobs in 2021. The Occupational Information Network (O*Net) predicts that there may be a decline of locksmithing careers from 2020-30. However, the projected decline is less than 1%, and they estimate there will be roughly 1,800 job openings from 2020-30.

Payscale estimates that the average annual salary for a locksmith was $43,755 in 2022. The average hourly wage was $19.76. Employment levels, wages, and salaries for locksmiths vary by industry and state.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the industries with the highest levels of employment for locksmiths in 2021 are as follows:

  • Investigation and Security Services – Median annual salary: $45,060 | Median hourly wage: $21.66
  • Colleges and Universities – Median annual salary: $54,770 | Median hourly wage: $26.33
  • Elementary and Secondary Schools – Median annual salary: $52,080 | Median hourly wage: $25.04
  • Local Government – Median annual salary: $65,200 | Median hourly wage: $31.34
  • State Government – Median annual salary: $60,140 | Median hourly wage: $28.91

The top paying industries for locksmiths are:

  • Local Government – Median annual salary: $65,200 | Median hourly wage: $31.34
  • Real Estate – Median annual salary: $63,350 | Median hourly wage: $30.46
  • State Government – Median annual salary: $60,140 | Median hourly wage: $28.91
  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals – Median annual salary: $60,090 | Median hourly wage: $28.89
  • Federal Executive Branch – Median annual salary: $59,900 | Median hourly wage: $28.80

Finally, the top paying states for locksmiths are:

  • California – Median annual salary: $52,930 | Median hourly wage: $25.45
  • Florida – Median annual salary: $39,930 | Median hourly wage: $19.20
  • Texas – Median annual salary: $42,770 | Median hourly wage: $20.56
  • New York – Median annual salary: $57,520 | Median hourly wage: $27.66
  • Illinois – Median annual salary: $45,530 | Median hourly wage: $21.89
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Student to Faculty ratio
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Locksmithing manufacturer guest lecturers each year
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Students who receive financial aid

People

Faculty

portrait of Eddy

Locksmithing & Security Technology Department Head

Explore the Facilities

The program space includes individual benches for each student, a room for instruction and demonstration, a resource library, and all the major equipment and tools you would find in a locksmithing shop.

Additional Information

2020 Locksmithing & Security Technology Graduate & Employment Report

  • 12 Locksmithing & Security Technology students started the program in September 2018 and had an intended graduation date of June 2019.
  • 58% of this student cohort graduated in 2019.
  • 100% of these graduates are employed in the field.
  • This data was officially reported to ACCSC in October 2020.

2021 Locksmithing & Security Technology Graduate & Employment Report

  • 9 Locksmithing & Security Technology students started the program in September 2019 and had an intended graduation date of June 2020.
  • 78% of this student cohort graduated in 2020.
  • 86% of these graduates are employed in the field.
  • This data was officially reported to ACCSC in October 2021.

This disclosure is required by our accreditors, the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools & Colleges (ACCSC).

For each of our career training programs, we consult with a group of top professionals in the field to ensure our curriculum continues to meet industry needs and trends.

The Locksmithing & Security Technology Program Advisors are:

  • Stephen McKinney
  • Virginia M. Newbury
  • Michael Samra LK ’87
  • Jeffrey G. Schwartz
  • Dave Troiano
  • Rick Weisse