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San Mateo County, CA Locksmith (Open) in County of San Mateo, California

Locksmith (Open)

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Locksmith (Open)


$99,590.40 Annually


County of San Mateo, CA

Job Type



Public Works Administration

Job Number



3/8/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

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The Department of Public Works seeks well-qualified candidates for the position of Locksmith.

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

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 County of San Mateo Sheriff's Office prior to hire. The selected candidate MUST BE cleared to work around detainees in a locked facility.

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 and have jail lock and electronic lock experience.



  • Must possess and maintain a valid class C California driver license or equivalent.

  • Must pass and maintain the Sheriff’s Jail background clearance during employment. Failure to do so will result in dismissal.

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, and 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

  • ADA standards and requirements

Skills/Ability to:

  • Decipher key code systems

  • Install, maintain, adjust, and repair all types of locking devices

  • Use 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

  • Lift and carry equipment and materials.


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 applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination process. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense.


Application Deadline: March 8, 2021

Written/Computer-Based Exam: March 11 – 16, 2021

Performance Exam: March 31 and/or April 1, 2021

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply" button. 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.

At the County of San Mateo, we welcome and celebrate the diversity of our employees, and strive to create a workplace where they feel valued every day.

The County of San Mateo is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Analyst: Chet Overstreet (02-22-2021) (Locksmith - T027)

Please visit for a complete listing of all benefits for this classification.

Benefits are offered to eligible employees of the County of San Mateo. All benefits are subject to change.

NOTE: Employees hired on or after January 1, 2013 may be subject to new Pension Reform retirement laws.

As an additional benefit, the County offers extensive training and development programs designed to improve skills and enhance career opportunities. Most programs are offered on County time at no cost to you.

County employees are also covered by the federal Social Security system and earn benefits for retirement based on salary and time worked.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Candidates for this position will be required to complete an extensive security clearance package and undergo a thorough background check conducted by the Sheriff's Department prior to being offered a position. The successful candidate must be cleared to work in and around a locked facility and detainees.

I have read the above and understand this position requires an extensive background check.

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    IMPORTANT: Applicants for this position are required to submit responses to the following supplemental questions. Your responses will give us additional information about your background and experience related to this position and will be used in the selection process. Be concise and specific. Neatness, clarity of expression, grammar, spelling and ability to follow instructions will be considered in the evaluation process. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for your responses.

  • Proceed to Supplemental Questions


    Describe your experience working as a locksmith for commercial, government, or industrial facilities. Be sure to include the following information: (a) your years of experience, (b) where the experience was obtained, and (c) your personal responsibilities and/or duties.


    Briefly outline your experience in the following areas: (a) door closers and related hardware; (b) inventory systems; (c) locking devices, and d) documenting key and/or hardware schedules.


    What is your experience in deciphering and expanding master key systems?


    What is your experience with Medeco and Primus locks and cylinders?


    List all types of professional training and/or technical support you have received, including certifications. For each training or certificate, indicate the following: (a) where the training and/or technical support was obtained and, (b) the specific type of training and/or technical support received.


    If you have a valid CA driver license please indicate the (a) driver license number, (b) class type, and (c) expiration date. If you do not possess a valid CA driver license please indicate this with an "N/A".

    Required Question


County of San Mateo


County of San Mateo Human Resources Department

455 County Center

Redwood City, California, 94063-1663


(650) 363-4343

(650) 363-4303



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