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Old 02-03-2015, 10:20 PM
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Thinking about a career change, and I've been thinking locksmithing may be something I'd like, I just don't know where to start. Any pointers on education or is it all OJT?
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Old 02-04-2015, 05:28 AM
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Locksmith since I was 19 ,47 now.
There are schools .I did a through the mail course when I started never finished.
OJT is where I learned .See if you can locate a shop in your area that will allow you to hang out .
Its not a 9-5 job.When I first started it was 24/7 on call.Was doing roadside asst.
Learned alot .Opened over 50000 cars in 20 years .
I would start more on the commercial end of the business if I had to do it again.
Dont know your background, if electronic then focus more on the access control and cameras.Thats where its headed.
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There is money to be made in it. If you are a progressive minded person and willing to put a lot of time and energy into it you can do well. The hard part is getting good help. Training takes years so you are paying someone that isn't always carrying their weight. Then they get some knowledge and try to go off into business for themselves. The automotive side requires expensive equipment but can be very profitable. I find commercial is the way to go. Residential keeps us jumping as well. Safe work and sales is also profitable, but the training can take a long time. With all the high tech products on the market with access control being the up and coming thing with commercial and industrial companies you can do very well if you get a teckie working for you. You can make a decent living working alone, but you won't be putting trips on your boat that way.
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it would be easier to buy a pair of bolt cutters
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Originally Posted by willie g View Post
it would be easier to buy a pair of bolt cutters
yea, then I could just, ahh, never mind.

Thanks guys. I'm seriously looking into it. I'm in a poor, rural area, but, there's only 1 locksmith company within about 2500 square miles, with a population of around 130,000. We are a bit behind the times. I'm not sure if/when the automation/security trend will really catch up to us, and there obviously isn't that much commercial.

The one "local" company is all family. I don't know of anybody that has ever worked for them that wasn't related to them, so, getting any ojt is kinda out, and insult to injury, the nearest school is about a 90 minute drive, one way.

Is there any online training you would recommend?
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Why are you above the commute time?

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There is tens of millions all across america everyday doing 90 minute plus commutes, why do you think you are above that?
Stuff it Garett. You don't know me or my situation. There's a difference in getting paid to be somewhere and paying to be somewhere. There's also a difference between a working man that also goes to school vs. a full time working man or full time student. How many people do you know that drive 180 minutes round trip to go to school and have a job? Don't answer, you'll just make somebody up. Take your lame attempts somewhere else. At least I know I'm above you. Maybe I should check into the pipe swinger, or, I mean pipe fitters union?
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There is tens of millions all across america everyday doing 90 minute plus commutes, why do you think you are above that?
90 minute commute would suck. Not sure to many do it.
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Usually a population of about 50k will support one locksmith. In an area like where you are that is so spread out it will be difficult. One of the most frustrating things is going miles to a job and not having what you need when you get there. Breaking into a market that has been pinned to one provider will take a lot of effort and patience. If you do it, try to stand out a bit. Keep you vehicle very clean(I don't), dress a bit up from the usual service tech and bring a nice apron to put on before you go to work. The more professional you look, the better. Most rural locksmiths don't come across as professionals.
As for schools, I don't know where you are, so I can't recommend any. You can look into Lockmasters. They put on classes in a lot of different places. I don't know if Foley-Belsaw is still in business but their course wasn't much.
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There is tens of millions all across america everyday doing 90 minute plus commutes, why do you think you are above that?
Says the man who doesn't work...
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School in Boston offers 36 wk course .North Bennett
Lockmasters offers short 1-2 wk courses more specific there in Kentucky.
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90 minute commute would suck. Not sure to many do it.
You would be surprised how many do it daily; for example, quite a lot of folks who work in NYC live in Pennsylvania.
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Originally Posted by I Fish 2 View Post
Stuff it Garett. You don't know me or my situation. There's a difference in getting paid to be somewhere and paying to be somewhere. There's also a difference between a working man that also goes to school vs. a full time working man or full time student. How many people do you know that drive 180 minutes round trip to go to school and have a job? Don't answer, you'll just make somebody up. Take your lame attempts somewhere else. At least I know I'm above you. Maybe I should check into the pipe swinger, or, I mean pipe fitters union?
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You would be surprised how many do it daily; for example, quite a lot of folks who work in NYC live in Pennsylvania.
With the exclusion of New York, dc, and LA, very few people commute 90 Minutes plus. There is simply no reason to do so.

OP, I would not even consider a 90 minute Commute for school. I have driven close to that for work sometimes, but only on rare occasions.
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OP, I would not even consider a 90 minute Commute for school.

Don't worry, I'm not. Just the idea that Garett thinks it's OK is enough of a reason. That's just a plain bad idea.
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