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Watch Repairers
SOC Code: 49-9064.00

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

Sample of reported job titles: Antique Clock Repairer, Clock Repair Technician, Clock Repairer, Watch and Clock Repairer, Watch Estimator, Watch Repair Manager, Watch Repair Person, Watch Repair Technician, Watch Repairer, Watch Technician (Watch Tech)

Tasks

  • 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.

Technology Skills

  • Accounting software - Intuit QuickBooks ; Sage Software Sage50
  • Data base user interface and query software - WatchWare Repair Shop
  • Project management software - GrenSoft WorkTracer; Upland Consulting Group Repair Traq

Tools Used

  • Angle measuring instrument - Degree gauges
  • Audio amplifier - Beat amplifiers
  • Battery testers - Watch battery testers
  • Bench vises - Work vises
  • Binocular light compound microscopes - Gemological microscopes
  • Clock timers
  • Drill bit set - Busch burs
  • Glass cutters - Glass cutting tools
  • Grinding wheels - Bench polishers
  • Hammers - Jewelers' hammers
  • Loupes - Jewelers' loupes
  • Magnetizer demagnetizer devices - Demagnetizing machines
  • Magnifying lamp - Magnifying table lamps
  • Manual wire straighteners - Arbor straighteners
  • Mechanical or ultrasonic metal cleaner - Brushing tools; Ionic cleaners
  • Micrometer calipers - Micro calipers
  • Mini pliers
  • Needle file - Small diameter needle files
  • Oil can - Oil dispensing cans
  • Pressure or steam cleaners - Jewelry steam cleaners
  • Pullers - Gear pullers; Lantern pullers; Link pin removers; Pinion pullers
  • Rubber mallet - Jewelry mallets
  • Screw extractors - Screw removers
  • Sound detector - Audio probes
  • Specialty wrenches - Hand nut tools
  • Thickness measuring devices - Fan gauges
  • Tweezers - Steam cleaner tweezers
  • Utility knives - Bench knives
  • Watch or clock case openers - Case knives; Case openers
  • Watch or clock repair kits - Beat setters; Third hands; Watch hand removers; Watch repair screwdrivers (see all 10 examples)

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.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • 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.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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.
  • 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.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

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.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Interests

  • Interest code: RCI
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
    • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Work Context

  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 100% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 100% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 86% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Spend Time Sitting - 69% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 75% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 63% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 76% responded “Every day.”
  • Telephone - 53% responded “Every day.”
  • Time Pressure - 22% responded “Every day.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 47% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Contact With Others - 56% responded “Contact with others about half the time.”
  • Physical Proximity - 78% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 22% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 21% responded “Very important results.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 39% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 34% responded “Important.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 60% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 35% responded “Never.”

Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Work Values

  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
  • Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $17.20 hourly, $35,770 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 2,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Decline (-2% or lower)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 100

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