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Watch and clock maker and repairer

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Summary of occupation

Watch and clock repairers make, repair, clean, assemble and adjust watches and clocks. They may work with either classic, mechanical time pieces or digital clocks, watches and accessories. They repair or replace faulty or worn parts such as crystals, hands, teeth and wheels, as well as cleaning, testing and lubricating each part. Some watch and clock makers even design their own distinctive and original time pieces.

ANZSCO description: Makes, repairs, cleans and adjusts watches and  clocks.
Alternative names: Horologist, Time Technologist, Watchmaker
Specialisations: Clock repairer, Watch repairer
Job prospects: Limited
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

Watch and clock makers need:

  • to be good with their hands
  • patience
  • accuracy and precision
  • an eye for detail
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Working conditions

Watch and clock makers and repairers usually work in a workshop with other technical staff, and will usually work with a range of technically specific tools. They usually work regular business hours, depending on the demand for their work.

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Salary details

On average, watch and clock makers and repairers, classified under precision metal trades workers, can expect to earn between $1 000 to $1 249 per week ($52 000 and $64 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience.

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Tools and technologies

Watch and clock makers and repairers use a range of small specialist tools including vibrating, depthing, staking, poising and uprighting tools, wheel stretchers, barrel contractors, lathes, drilling attachments, cutting machines and microscopes. Eyeglasses and tweezers are also common tools used by watch and clock makers.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

To become a watch and clock maker and repairer, you usually have to complete an apprenticeship in watch and clock repairing. The apprenticeship usually takes 48 months to complete. 

​You can also become qualified to work as a watch and clock maker and repairer by completing a Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade (Watchmaking). These courses are offered at registered training organisations throughout Western Australia.  

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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