Watch Repairers

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About the Job

Repair, clean, and adjust mechanisms of timing instruments, such as watches and clocks. Includes watchmakers, watch technicians, and mechanical timepiece repairers.

It is also Called

  • Watchmaker Apprentice
  • Watchmaker
  • Watch Repairer Apprentice
  • Watch Repair Person
  • Watch Mechanic
  • Watch Caser
  • Watch and Clock Repairer
  • Time Piece Repairer
  • Time Clock Mechanic
  • Time Clock Inspector
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What They Do

  • Demagnetize mechanisms, using demagnetizing machines.
  • Test and replace batteries and other electronic components.
  • Gather information from customers about a timepiece's problems and its service history.
  • Record quantities and types of timepieces repaired, serial and model numbers of items, work performed, and charges for repairs.
  • Adjust timing regulators, using truing calipers, watch-rate recorders, and tweezers.
  • Perform regular adjustment and maintenance on timepieces, watch cases, and watch bands.
  • Estimate repair costs and timepiece values.
  • Fabricate parts for watches and clocks, using small lathes and other machines.
  • Test timepiece accuracy and performance, using meters and other electronic instruments.
  • Reassemble timepieces, replacing glass faces and batteries, before returning them to customers.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RCI.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional and Investigative environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Achievement and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2015, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $40,540 with most people making between $17,560 and $61,390

Outlook

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avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 80 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 60 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 0 replacement openings for approximately 0 total annual openings.



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