Timing Device Assemblers and Adjusters

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About the Job

Perform precision assembling, adjusting, or calibrating, within narrow tolerances, of timing devices such as digital clocks or timing devices with electrical or electronic components.

It is also Called

  • Watchmaker
  • Watch Train Assembler
  • Watch Technician
  • Watch Repairer
  • Watch Assembler
  • Truer
  • Timing Adjuster
  • Time Stamp Assembler
  • Poiser
  • Pallet Stone Positioner
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What They Do

  • Tighten or replace loose jewels, using watchmakers' tools.
  • Review blueprints, sketches, or work orders to gather information about tasks to be completed.
  • Examine and adjust hairspring assemblies to ensure horizontal and circular alignment of hairsprings, using calipers, loupes, and watchmakers' tools.
  • Turn wheels of calipers and examine springs, using loupes, to determine if center coils appear as perfect circles.
  • Bend inner coils of springs away from or toward collets, using tweezers, to locate centers of collets in centers of springs, and to correct errors resulting from faulty colleting of coils.
  • Estimate spaces between collets and first inner coils to determine if spaces are within acceptable limits.
  • Mount hairsprings and balance wheel assemblies between jaws of truing calipers.
  • Adjust sizes or positioning of timepiece parts to achieve specified fit or function, using calipers, fixtures, and loupes.
  • Change timing weights on balance wheels to correct deficient timing.
  • Bend parts, such as hairsprings, pallets, barrel covers, and bridges, to correct deficiencies in truing or endshake, using tweezers.

Interests

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

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests.

Work Values

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

Things They Need to Know

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • 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.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • 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.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $37,430 with most people making between $27,180 and $57,510

Outlook

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During 2010, this occupation employed approximately 20 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 20 employed in 2020.

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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