In September 2018, gas explosions roiled through the Merrimack Valley in Massachusetts, claiming the life of one young person, injuring dozens more, and leveling many buildings. Thousands of residents were evacuated from their homes. To help resolve the public safety crisis, area locksmiths helped first responders and safety officials gain access to the properties and ensure that gas was turned off. Among these was NBSS alumnus David MacEachern LK '95, owner and operator of Acton-based Patriot Lock.
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.
- ACCSC Graduate & Employment Data: View the 2018 Report here.
Like many of the women interviewed for the Women in Trades series, Emily Van Heukelom LK '11 also made a major career shift when she enrolled in the nine-month Locksmithing & Security Technology (LK) program at NBSS. After graduating from an apprenticeship program with the Iron Workers Union in Boston, Emily was looking for a career that would combine her interest in hands-on work and a sense of financial security.
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.
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.
"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