Senior Lock Systems and Security Container Technician

Alexandria, VA
May 04, 2017
May 23, 2017
IT, Security Engineer
Full Time

The general responsibilities of the Technology Development Branch (TDB) Locks Technician are to identify, evaluate, and approve locks and lock systems (including key control/key management) in accordance with the process outlined below under Day-to-Day Duties and Responsibilities. The technician also provides additional high-level lock maintenance and troubleshooting support to diplomatic security field elements. The technician additionally provides lock support, performs minor repairs, re-keying and conducts technical assistance on GSA-approved combination locks, containers and vault doors.  The technician is furthermore responsible to inspect new containers, set shipping combinations, and coordinate shipment and installation.  The technician is also called upon to research, evaluate, and present recommendations for new locking hardware and systems to include IP-based products suitable for Technical Security Systems (TSS) applications.


Other aspects of duties include:

  1. Works from schematics, diagrams, written and verbal instructions.
  2. Conducts complex engineering tests to collect design data or assist in general research work.
  3. Diagnoses and isolates equipment and system malfunctions which fail to respond to standard corrective measures.
  4. Assists in the development of electronic equipment.
  5. Repairs or modifies cables and equipment returned by operational users or by personnel in the associated test and development laboratories.
  6. May provide guidance and work leadership to less-experienced technicians.
  7. Maintains current knowledge of relevant technologies as assigned.
  8. Participates in special projects as required.



Day-to-Day Duties and Responsibilities.

This position is one of two Lock Technicians within TDB on a team of four lock and container security professionals.  TDB in general is a research and development group that identifies, evaluates, and recommends commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) and custom solutions to be included in the DoS suite of technical security systems.  The team is led by a senior Government subject matter expert who develops overall program scope, responsibilities, objectives, and deliverables.  The Government SME is supported by a Personal Services Contractor (PSC) subject matter expert who provides added technical guidance and capability to the team.  The two Lock Security Repair Technicians provide the day-to-day lock and container technical support to the field consisting of about 300 posts and embassies located primarily overseas; but not exclusively.   They are in constant contact with field staff and Department of State (DoS) stakeholders providing timely responses to questions, work orders, and other project needs.  Very strong customer service and courtesy skills are required as is an ongoing thirst for developing stronger and more relevant technical skills.


Lock Security Repair Technicians are expected to understand, document and support every aspect of the Technology Development Branch’s Technical Security Systems (TSS) engineering process as it pertains to GSA approved locks and containers, FE/BR locks, door hardware, keys and key control systems.  The principal stages of the TDB TSS Engineering process include the following:


    Develop or Refine Customer Technology RequirementsConduct Technology Needs AssessmentsDevelop or refine Concepts of OperationsPerform and document Product ComparisonsPerform and document Product EvaluationsDevelop Pilot Project PlansDevelop Deployment Documentation PackagesDevelop New Product BulletinsDevelop Technical BulletinsPlan for and respond to Product ObsolescenceProvide Lock Support as the Tier 3 support activity for the field
Education Associates degree or combination of equivalent experience and technical credentials.

Certification as GSA Container Inspector a plus.

Qualifications 3-5 years of experience as a professional locksmith, techncial security systems installer/maintainer, and GSA container inspector.  Experience with overseas or State Department systems, products, and facilities desireable.

Must be eligible to obtain Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) Registration as Locksmith.  DCJS certificate is required within 30 days as a condition for continued employment.




As a trusted systems integrator for more than 50 years, General Dynamics Information Technology provides information technology (IT), systems engineering, professional services and simulation and training to customers in the defense, federal civilian government, health, homeland security, intelligence, state and local government and commercial sectors.With approximately 32,000 professionals worldwide, the company delivers IT enterprise solutions, manages large-scale, mission-critical IT programs and provides mission support services.GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer - Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.