Occ. Code 7202115



New York State Department of Civil Service

Classification Standard


Maintenance Assistants (Locksmith) assist Locksmiths in the installation, maintenance and repair of lock and key systems in State institutions.

Positions in this class exist only in the Department of Mental Hygiene and in the State University system.


Maintenance Assistants (Locksmith) perform a variety of routine tasks in the servicing and installation of locks and other door and window hardware, and in maintaining related record keeping under the direct supervision of a Locksmith. Maintenance Assistants (Locksmith), in learning and perfecting their craft skills, may perform journey-level activities under supervision or after receiving detailed instructions. Incumbents may supervise maintenance helpers, laborers and other relatively unskilled workers in performing tasks involving elementary skills.

There are a number of other specialized maintenance assistant classes having parenthetic designations describing the predominant trade area in which the incumbent is assigned; i.e., carpenter, plumber and steamfitter, electrician, and mason and plasterer. Although incumbents of such classes may perform tasks normally associated with more than one trade, most of their time is spent performing tasks typical of the trade indicated by the special title.

Incumbents of Maintenance Assistant positions without a parenthetic designating a trade specialty are usually found in relatively small maintenance staffs where such specialization is not desirable, or in maintenance pools where specialization is not efficient. However, incumbents may be assigned to tasks such as those described for any of the specialized positions of Maintenance Assistant.

Maintenance Assistant is distinguished from Maintenance Helper by the latter's performance of relatively unskilled tasks in direct support of semiskilled trades positions. Such tasks are performed under very specific instructions and the supervision of either a Maintenance Assistant or a journey-level trades worker.

The position of Locksmith is distinguished from Maintenance Assistant (Locksmith) by the full-time responsibility for all repair, maintenance, installation and record keeping activities concerning locking mechanisms at a State facility. In a facility where the workload exceeds the working capacity of the Locksmith, an incumbent may supervise one or more Maintenance Assistant (Locksmith) or Maintenance Helper positions assigned to assist in the locksmithing operation.


Under direction, a Maintenance Assistant (Locksmith) performs a variety of maintenance, repair, installation and record keeping activities for lock and key systems in a State facility including but not limited to the following:

As assigned, a Maintenance Assistant (Locksmith) functions as a lead worker over a small maintenance crew usually consisting of Maintenance Helpers and Laborers.

Under direction, incumbents participate in work in other maintenance specialties when not engaged in locksmithing work.


The nature of a Maintenance Assistant (Locksmith) activities generally restricts relationships to other employees within the maintenance force of a facility. On occasion, incumbents may orally communicate with others in the facility concerning problems with locks and keys. As assigned, incumbents supervise a small maintenance crew characterized by frequent oral communications in assigning work and providing instructions.


Maintenance Assistants (Locksmith) are supervised by Locksmiths. Work priorities and the nature and extent of work to be performed are prescribed and materials and tools are furnished. When necessary, the work to be performed is laid out by the supervisor who gives specific instructions, assists in performing the more difficult tasks, and inspects the job to insure that instructions have been followed and that the quality of the work is satisfactory. However, a Maintenance Assistant (Locksmith) may perform the activities of the class with considerable independence when supervision is not immediately available due to such factors as the geographic location of the assignment. In addition, incumbents are expected to perform the more routine and repetitive tasks with considerable independence.

As assigned, a Maintenance Assistant (Locksmith) supervises a maintenance crew comprised of Maintenance Helpers, Laborers and other relatively unskilled workers by making assignments, giving instructions and providing assistance in performing the work.


A Maintenance Assistant (Locksmith) uses the tools of the locksmith trade including abrasive wheels, grinders, files, hacksaws, key-making machines, screwdrivers, pliers, tweezers and drills.


As assigned:


Two years of experience in locksmith work under the supervision of a skilled trades worker, or completion of a two-year technical school course in locksmithing.





Reviewed: 7/02 





NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe. Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class. The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written. Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.