Precision instrument makers and repairers
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Precision instrument makers and repairers make, calibrate, test and repair precision and optical instruments such as barometers, compasses, cameras, calibrators, watches, clocks and chronometers.
QualificationsSome GCSEs/S grades qualifications may be required. Training is usually via an apprenticeship including work experience and practical and technical training leading to recognised awards.
- examines drawings or specifications to determine appropriate methods, materials and sequence of operation;
- marks out and machines aluminium, brass, steel and plastics using machine tools such as grinders, lathes and shapers;
- tests watches and clocks for repair to diagnose faults and removes, repairs or replaces damaged and worn parts;
- tests completed timepiece for accuracy using electronic or other test equipment;
- carries out service tasks such as cleaning, oiling and regulating;
- checks prepared parts for accuracy using measuring equipment, assembles parts and adjusts as necessary using hand and machine tools;
- positions, aligns and secures optical lenses in mounts;
- tests, adjusts and repairs precision and optical instruments.