Job Details

Cerritos College
  • Position Number: 5338328
  • Location: Norwalk, CA
  • Position Type: Facilities Management

FT Lock Systems Specialist

Salary: $73,642.32 - $88,569.12 Annually
Job Type: Full Time
Job Number: Locksystems -24
Closing: 6/13/2024 11:59 PM Pacific
Location: Norwalk, CA
Department: Locksystems -24
Division: Facilities


Equity and Diversity
The District is strongly committed to achieving staff diversity and the principles of equal opportunity employment. The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation in any of its policies, procedures or practices. In fact, the college encourages applications from all segments of qualified people.

Closing Date
This position will close on June 13, 2024 at 11:59 PM (or when 150 applications are received, whichever occurs sooner).

College Profile
Cerritos College is ranked 14th among the top 100 schools with the highest Hispanic enrollment in the United States by the United States Department of Education. Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college's district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Enrollment currently averages 20,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at

Department Profile

The Facilities department is dedicated to the maintenance of the campus's physical environment. As the stewards of the buildings and grounds on our campus, Facilities is the single point of contact for all service and maintenance requests. Dedicated to providing superior service to our clients (students, faculty, staff, and the neighboring community), our staff evaluates and prioritizes customer service requests and works to ensure the highest standards of care and concern for the campus.

Installs, adjusts, maintains, repairs, and replaces keyed, code, and card-read locks, security systems, and related hardware. Makes keys and installs and ensures continuous working condition of latches, door closing mechanisms, and panic exit devices. Sets up and changes lock keying and combination hierarchies. Assures compliance to standards and regulations governing keys and access.

Distinguishing Career Features
The Lock Systems Specialist requires the ability to develop and install sequenced and hierarchical lock and security systems.

Job Duties

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Makes keys and installs locks and related hardware, including doors and panic exit devices, and performs the carpentry necessary for installation.
  • Consults with customers on lock and security needs. Proposes lock systems. Schedules and plans installations and repair work orders to optimize use of time and minimize disruption of school activities.
  • Accesses and retrieves work orders using the automated work order system. May enter time and materials information associated with work performed on orders.
  • Designs multi-level master key systems. Interprets master keying guides, using appropriate discretion and special knowledge of lock systems to preserve the integrity of the District's master key system while meeting customer requests.
  • Adjusts, maintains, repairs, and replaces door locks, padlocks, cabinet locks, utility locks, combination locks, and related hardware, such as panic exit devices, latches, catches, fasteners, and pneumatic door closing mechanisms.
  • Sets up and maintains computer-aided documentation and inventory on keys, locks, and lock systems including names and contact information on keys and cards that have been issued, serial numbers, access and permission levels, combinations, and locations.
  • Redesigns lock cylinders to use new multiples of keys.
  • Cuts, duplicates, and stamps identification numbers on keys and cards. Operates a keycutting machines and carpentry tools.
  • Changes lock combinations. Changes lock combinations by using code systems and code machine.
  • Programs and may participate in installing computer-aided entry systems. Maintains upto-date records of levels of access.
  • Installs, troubleshoots, repairs, and maintains electronic key card systems.
  • Repairs safes and safe-locking systems.
  • Devises systems to prevent break-ins and pilferage. Installs lock down devices to prevent pilferage.
  • Opens or removes locks that cannot be opened by ordinary means.
  • Initiates requisitions for purchase of locks and related hardware. Prepares requisitions and reports as required.
  • Recommends standards and specifications for equipment, materials, and workmanship for work performed by staff and outside contractors.
  • Performs the work of a Maintenance Specialist on an as-needed basis.
  • Maintains currency of knowledge and skills relating to the duties and responsibilities.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience
The position requires a high school diploma or equivalent and formal training leading to certification in lock systems, plus 4 years of experience as a locksmith in an environment having manual and electronic keying systems.

Preferred Qualifications
High school diploma or equivalent
Formal training and certification in: ALOA, DHI, California state locksmith license
5 years of experience as a locksmith in an academic setting

Supplemental Information

Knowledge and Skills
The position requires in-depth knowledge of hierarchical lock systems. Requires knowledge of building and safety codes and regulations dealing with locks and exits, including those codes applicable for fire safety and to comply with access requirements for disabled persons. Requires working knowledge of carpentry including the full range of tools used in the area or responsibility. Requires a working knowledge of computeraided office productivity tools including but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheets, and special databases used by the department. Requires sufficient math skills to calculate sums, fractions, decimals, and numerical sequences. Requires sufficient human relation skills to convey technical concepts to others and work cooperatively with a range of customers in the District.

Requires the ability to setup and implement master keying systems. Requires the ability to cut and issue keys, card, and combinations. Requires the ability to hang and fit doors, including those with pneumatic mechanisms. Requires the ability to employ safe work habits. Requires the ability to meet production and deadline requirements. Requires the ability to prepare and maintain accurate documentation of locks and combination issuance. Requires the ability to maintain productive and cooperative working relationships with others.

Physical Abilities
Requires the ability to perform work of an active nature; to stand for extended periods of time, walk up to 400 yards, and manipulate (lift, carry, move) heavy weights of up to 75 pounds on a regular basis. Requires the ability to push, pull, and guide materials over 60 pounds. Requires the ability to climb, stoop, kneel, and crouch on a regular basis. Requires sufficient hand-eye coordination, hand and finger dexterity including ability to grasp, and visual acuity to operate specialized equipment and read technical (including blueprints) and safety information. Requires auditory ability to hear machinery sounds and alarms. Requires near and far visual acuity to read printed materials, moving objects, and observe work-in-progress. Requires speaking ability to carry on ordinary conversations. Requires the ability to work in extreme temperature conditions

Licenses and Certificates
Requires a valid driver's license. Certified Registered Locksmith. Must be bondable.

Working Conditions
Work is performed indoors and outdoors in extreme weather conditions where significant safety considerations exist from full-body physical labor and handling of medium-to heavy weight materials.

Salary/Fringe Benefits
Grade 38 on District Salary Schedule ($6,136.86 - $7,380.76 /month). Beginning salary placement typically is on Step 1 of the salary grade.

Health and welfare benefits include District contribution for medical/dental/vision benefits and employee life insurance ($50,000). (Cash in lieu option available on medical insurance.)

Participation in the Public Employee's Retirement System that is also integrated with Social Security.

Selection Procedure
After the application closing date, a search committee will review and invite the most qualified applicants for an interview. As these are highly competitive positions, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview. If you have questions or would like to follow-up regarding your application, please contact Human Resources at as search committee members are unable to discuss specific recruitments.

Conditions of Employment
This is a full-time, 12-calendar month classified position.

Hours of employment are: Monday thru Friday 7:00 am to 3:30 pm.

Initial placement of employees on Classified Salary schedule is at Step 1. After six months of successful probationary employment, employee is placed at Step 2.

Employment is to be effective as soon as possible following completion of the selection process.

Individual who is offered employment shall be required to obtain fingerprints for a criminal history clearance through the State Department of Justice and remit the required fee for processing the fingerprints, Federal Bureau of Investigation (no fee if obtained at Cerritos College Campus Police Station), produce an original social security card, and submit negative TB test results (must be within the past four years or within the last 60 days if not previously employed in a school district in California) before employment.

Proof of eligibility to work in the United States and signing of loyalty oath per Government Codes 3100-3109.

Candidates must be able to provide proof of California residency prior to employment.

Board Policy 2905 requires mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations as a condition of employment. The District requires all employees to submit proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, as defined by the CDC. Full policy details can be found on the website; Cerritos College - Chapter 2 - Board of Trustees. Employees may submit requests for medical or religious exemptions to the vaccine mandate for consideration. Details are available on the District's COVID-19 webpage.

**Please note - the District does not provide for immigration sponsorships such as H1B Visas.

Application Procedure
Application materials must be submitted by the closing date. Applicants who need special services or facilities due to disability in order to apply or interview for this position must notify Human Resources at the time of application or at least 72 hours prior to the closing date or date of a scheduled interview.

It is the applicant's responsibility to provide copies of all transcript(s) verifying all educational degree(s) and/or coursework required for the position. Transcripts must be from regionally accredited institutions. A foreign transcript must be evaluated by a NACES certified agency. The website address is

Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/CV
  3. Copy of High School Diploma OR Unofficial Transcripts (Must show all coursework completed and the conferral date of the degree)

To apply, visit

The District ensures that all qualified applicants for employment and employees have full and equal access to employment opportunity, and are not subjected to discrimination in any program or activity of the District on the basis of national origin, religion, age, sex or gender, race, color, medical condition, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or because he or she is perceived to have one or more of the foregoing characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. .

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