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Watch and Clock Repairers

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

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Clean, rinse, and dry timepiece parts, using solutions and ultrasonic or mechanical watch-cleaning machines.
    • Adjust timing regulators, using truing calipers, watch-rate recorders, and tweezers.
    • Reassemble timepieces, replacing glass faces and batteries, before returning them to customers.
    • Disassemble timepieces and inspect them for defective, worn, misaligned, or rusty parts, using loupes.
    • Oil moving parts of timepieces.
    • Estimate repair costs and timepiece values.
    • Repair or replace broken, damaged, or worn parts on timepieces, using lathes, drill presses, and hand tools.
    • Test timepiece accuracy and performance, using meters and other electronic instruments.
    • Perform regular adjustment and maintenance on timepieces, watch cases, and watch bands.
    • Order supplies, including replacement parts, for timing instruments.
    • Gather information from customers about a timepiece's problems and its service history.
    • Test and replace batteries and other electronic components.
    • Record quantities and types of timepieces repaired, serial and model numbers of items, work performed, and charges for repairs.
    • Demagnetize mechanisms, using demagnetizing machines.
    • Fabricate parts for watches and clocks, using small lathes and other machines.

    Skills

    • Repairing

      Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Finger Dexterity

      The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    Knowledge

    • 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.

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 22370/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 10.75/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 150
    • Yearly Projected Openings 10

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Self Control
    • Dependability
    • Independence

    Tools

    • Watch or clock repair kits
    • Utility knives
    • Tweezers
    • Pullers
    • Mechanical or ultrasonic metal cleaner

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Project management software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Accounting software

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