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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

Install, maintain and repair electronic and code locks, card readers, key operated switches, cylindrical, unit, mortise, rim, pin tumbler, lever, wafer and other mechanical and electronic/magnetic locking devices.

Why Work at Michigan?

Being part of something greater, of serving a larger mission of discovery and care — that's the heart of what drives people to work at Michigan. In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. It's adding a purpose to your profession. Work at Michigan and become a victor for the greater good.

What Benefits can you look forward to?

Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage effective on your very first day
2:1 Match on retirement savings


Install, maintain and repair electronic and code locks, card readers, key operated switches, cylindrical, unit, mortise, rim, pin tumbler, lever, wafer and other mechanical and electronic/magnetic locking devices.

Establish and extend master key systems for new keying including reading blueprints.

Perform building audits updating records resultant from remodeling and new installation.

Repair, gain access to and reset combinations for safes and security files.

Fabricate, install, maintain and repair lock hardware including handicap entrance units, emergency exit devices, compactors, security alarms and other special applications.

Modify, install and repair automotive locks including door, trunk, interior compartment and ignition locks including special and multiple keying applications.

Pick locks and make keys by impression for locks for which keys have been lost.

Fabricate and repair parts, levers, springs and other component lock parts by welding, filing, soldering, bending, drilling and tapping.

Install, maintain and repair locks on desks, file cabinets, display cases and other furniture furnishings.

Repair, maintain and reload cylinders for locks in master key systems.

Related Duties
Adjust door closers.
Cut and issue keys, identify authorized signers on key requests and maintain duplicate key and key assignment records.
Receive and refund cash for key deposits.
Maintain inventory of supplies and equipment including key blanks, lock parts, knobs and cylinders and other tools, supplies and equipment.
Clean assigned area of work and equipment.

Required Qualifications*

  • At least 1 year of full time experience working as a locksmith.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of keys, locks and locking hardware.
  • Must be able to fulfill the necessary requirements to drive a University vehicle, including possessing a valid Michigan driver’s license.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Willingness to work in a team setting.
  • Strong work ethic.

Desired Qualifications*

  • At least 2 years full time experience working as a locksmith, preferably in an institutional or commercial setting.
  • Experience operating manual and automatic key machines.
  • Ability to manually originate SFIC bittig chart and pin cores.
  • Working knowledge of master keying.
  • Considerable experience setting up and maintaining master key systems.
  • Experience with using computers, including email, Microsoft Word and Excel, Google Drive


Work Schedule

Hours/Week:  40 hours week


Shift/Hours/Days:  Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 4pm 

This position may need to respond to afterhours emergencies. 



Work Locations

This position reports to the University of Michigan Key Office, located at 525 Church Street, Ann Arbor, MI

Additional Information

Facilities and Operations seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to sustain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.

Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the AFSCME union, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.