When it came time to restore a stone cottage – originally built by a World War I general – on his property in Westwood, a homeowner turned to our Preservation Carpentry faculty. The project's biggest challenge was restoring the building's over-sized door, which was also missing the key. This opened the door to a collaboration with Locksmithing & Security Technology faculty (and many others) to manufacture a one-of-a-kind key.
Locksmithing & Security Technology
The comprehensive Locksmithing & Security Technology program allows students to jump-start a locksmithing career and quickly earn a return on their educational investment. In the hands-on, nine-month program, students study with an experienced locksmith in small classes. The program will give you a firm grasp of the fundamentals and allows you to do high-quality work after graduating.
You’ll learn locksmithing through a combination of classroom theory, lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on benchwork, surveying, and installation. You’ll graduate with the ability to service and repair all types of residential and commercial door-locking devices. You’ll also be familiar with security technology such as electronic access control systems.
The program space includes individual benches for each student, a room for instruction and demonstration, a resource library, and all the major equipment and tools you would find in a locksmithing shop. Classes meet five days a week in the mornings, and after your second semester, you can work part-time while continuing to learn the trade in class.
- Curriculum: Investigate what students learn over the course of the nine-month program.
- Facilities: Virtually walk through the program space and bench room.
- Faculty: Meet our talented instructors, who are experts in their field.
- Tuition: Check out tuition, costs, class hours, schedule, and program length.
- Careers: Explore careers available to Locksmithing & Security Technology graduates and the employment outlook.
- Profiles: Read about our alumni, including how an education at NBSS opened doors for them.
- Locksmithing & Security Technology brochure: Download at-a-glance details.
Admissions, Financial Aid, and Employment Information
- Admissions Info: How to get your application started and what you need to apply.
- Financial Aid: We're dedicated to helping you afford the cost of your education. Learn about our financial aid options.
- Gainful Employment Disclosure: View the Locksmithing & Security Technology report here.
- ACCSC Graduate & Employment Data: View the 2018 Report here.
Assessing prospective students for any advanced learning program can be challenging, especially if that program requires an intimate understanding of complex processes. Barb Baker LK '04, Locksmithing & Security Technology Department Head, understands this dilemma all too well. Over several years, and through multiple conversations, she developed a unique skills test that helps qualify candidates for the program.
A lot has been said over the years about so-called "first-generation college students," but what about those who are the first in their home to learn a skilled trade? It was with those young people in mind that NBSS began a partnership with the Dorchester Youth Collaborative this past year. Read more.
Locksmithing has become one of the most important and most versatile industries over its lifespan. In recent years, locksmithing has morphed from the mechanical to digital. Whether you're interested in working for yourself, for a commercial locksmith, or as an in-house security technician, there are multiple career paths that await you.
Why is it that vocational trade schools are often overlooked from the get-go, and what makes them a better alternative? Whether they've found that their job isn't a good fit or they've simply gained the confidence to make a switch to a unique career, many prospective students come to us knowing that a "traditional" path isn't right for them.
The role of the locksmith is not just to open doors, but to maintain the security of entire buildings. They must be able to learn and implement new technologies in locksmithing, in addition to mastering traditional techniques. So, much like a lock itself, the profession of locksmithing is complex and has many moving parts.
"If you want a hands-on, out-of-the-box career, if you want to problem solve to help people, if you're motivated, then Locksmithing is the way to go."
Donald "DJ" Dabenigno LK '05View More Locksmithing & Security Technology Alumni Profiles