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鈥檒l learn locksmithing through a combination of classroom theory, lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on benchwork, surveying, and installation. You鈥檒l graduate with the ability to service and repair all types of residential and commercial door-locking devices. You鈥檒l 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. 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.

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 , the industries with the highest levels of employment for locksmiths in 2021 are as follows:

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

The top paying industries for locksmiths are:

  • Local Government 鈥 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 鈥 Median annual salary: $52,930 | Median hourly wage: $25.45
  • Florida 鈥 Median annual salary: $39,930 | Median hourly wage: $19.20
  • Texas 鈥 Median annual salary: $42,770 | Median hourly wage: $20.56
  • New York 鈥 Median annual salary: $57,520 | Median hourly wage: $27.66
  • Illinois 鈥 Median annual salary: $45,530 | Median hourly wage: $21.89
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Student to Faculty ratio
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Students who receive financial aid

People

Faculty

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Locksmithing & Security Technology Department Head

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Locksmithing & Security Technology Teaching Assistant

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

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.

2022 Locksmithing & Security Technology Graduate & Employment Report

  • 3 Locksmithing & Security Technology students started the program in September 2020 and had an intended graduation date of June 2021, and 1 student started the program in February 2021 and had an intended graduation date of February 2022.
  • 75% of this student cohort graduated in 2021.
  • 67% of these graduates are employed in the field.
  • This data was officially reported to ACCSC in October 2022.

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 鈥87
  • Jeffrey G. Schwartz
  • Dave Troiano
  • Rick Weisse