Transit authorities are public agencies formed by cities, counties and states to acquire and then operate and maintain transportation (buses, rails, street cars, etc.). State, county and city laws establish transit authorities for the convenience and safety of the public. The state and local...
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Transit authorities are public agencies formed by cities, counties and states to acquire and then operate and maintain transportation (buses, rails, street cars, etc.). State, county and city laws establish transit authorities for the convenience and safety of the public.
The state and local governments normally oversee the transit authority board of directors who control the operation of the transportation. Transit authority employees can either work for the company directly or one or more unions. Locksmiths that work for transit authorities can be part of a union that is contracted with the authority. Union locksmiths adhere to precise job specifications. The locksmith cannot perform duties not described in the job specifications. Other trades can perform some of the duties assigned to the locksmith if the duties are also declared in their job specifications.
At a typical transit authority, locksmiths work under moderate supervision. They install, maintain and repair lock systems and related equipment. Locksmiths perform journey-level installation, maintenance and repair of lock-related equipment, while property maintenance or similar job may perform basic lock installations.
Because the wording is very important in the job specifications, here is a word-for-word description of the example of locksmith duties at a typical transit authority:
- Installs all types of locks and lock hardware and perform the carpentry necessary for such installation.
- Adjusts, maintains, repairs and replaces conventional door locks, padlocks, tumbler locks, and various other lock hardware such as panic bars, door checks, latches, catches, fasteners, and door closers.
- Establishes and maintains master key systems.
- Open locks which cannot be opened by ordinary means.
- Operates machine tools such as key-cutting machine, drill press, grinder, hand drill, electric drill, and electrical hammer to duplicate keys and change locks.
- Selects key blanks, cut keys, and fits keys to locks.
- Issue keys and locks and keeps related records.
- Maintain a supply of locks, lock parts, and key parts.
- Responsible for maintaining, supporting, and promoting a safe work environment while complying with all company safety rules; policies; and procedures.
Although the above description seems cumbersome, it is designed to differentiate the tasks of locksmiths from other trades-persons like carpenters, electricians, system techs and property maintenance. For instance, the property maintenance can swap out locksets or exit devices since these tasks do not require journey-level skills.
Performing the necessary "carpentry" for installations precludes the TA (transit authority) locksmith from working on metal doors as carpentry limits installations to wood doors.
This part of the description was intended to address the installation of auxiliary locks like deadbolts, hasps, and slide bolts. Most of the metal doors within the authority are fire doors. Auxiliary locks would never be installed on fire doors.
The description limits the locksmith to, "…Adjusts, maintains, repairs and replaces conventional door locks, padlocks, tumbler locks, and various other lock hardware such as panic bars, door checks, latches, catches, fasteners, and door closers…"
Here the intention is to keep the locksmith from working with electric/electronic hardware such as magnetic locks, electric strikes, card readers, controllers, and power supplies. It also keeps the locksmith from working on safes and vaults.
The description also infers that locksmiths are not intended to be "door openers." The statement that locksmiths "open locks which cannot be opened by ordinary means" keeps the locksmith from running around opening doors with keys (the ordinary means). Without this statement, all of the locksmith's time would be occupied by requests to open office doors when someone forgot a key.
The mention of what machine tools a locksmith can operate develops a focus on cutting keys and change locks.
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