Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - CLASSIFIEDS - Re­becca Dargie

A COURSE which re­quires stu­dents to take on the role of a thief and break into luxury cars and houses has got to be worth con­sid­er­ing.

In to­day’s se­cu­ri­ty­ob­sessed world, lock­smithing is a mar­ketable ca­reer, and a TAFE cer­tifi­cate III in lock­smithing MEM30805 is a com­pre­hen­sive course tak­ing stu­dents through all as­pects of the trade.

Only open to ap­pren­tice lock­smiths or peo­ple al­ready in the in­dus­try, the train­ing is closely linked to cur­rent in­dus­try prac­tices and each stu­dent needs ac­cess to a work­place and su­per­vis­ing trades­man to over­see their devel­op­ment.

Course head teacher Mark Wil­son said stu­dents learn about all me­chan­i­cal and elec­tronic lock­ing sys­tems for homes, com­mer­cial premises, cars and safes.

They learn how to dis­man­tle, ser­vice, re­set combi- na­tions and as­sem­ble locks. They make keys us­ing tra­di­tional meth­ods and also learn to op­er­ate com­put­er­based ma­chin­ery to cut me­chan­i­cal keys.

An­other unit teaches pro­gram­ming the elec­tronic transpon­der sys­tems for mod­ern cars.

Mr Wil­son said the most popular sub­jects are “Gain En­try” units where stu­dents learn how to break into homes, cars and safes – this is an es­sen­tial job for lock­smiths when clients lose keys or for­get codes.

Be­ing a lock­smith re­quires hon­esty and in­tegrity.

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