Watchmaker and Repairer Kaihanga/Kaiwhakatika Karaka/Matawā

Watchmakers and repairers clean, repair and assemble mechanical or electronic timepieces such as watches and clocks.

Watchmakers and repairers may do some or all of the following:

  • examine broken watches or clocks to find out what is wrong with them
  • remove and repair damaged or faulty parts
  • clean, reassemble and adjust timepieces
  • test the accuracy of repaired items
  • replace glass faces and batteries
  • calculate the cost of repairs
  • make special parts for antique watches and clocks
  • source watch and clock parts online and quote repair work for customers.   

 

Physical Requirements

Watchmakers and repairers need to have good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses), as they have to work with small, delicate parts.

Good hand-eye co-ordination and steady hands also help.

Useful Experience

Useful experience includes:

  • precision repair work, such as repairing jewellery or appliances
  • electronics work
  • work in an engineering workshop.

Personal Qualities

Watchmakers and repairers need to be:

  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • good at problem solving
  • quick and efficient
  • practical
  • patient.

Useful Experience

Useful experience includes:

  • precision repair work, such as repairing jewellery or appliances
  • electronics work
  • work in an engineering workshop.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements for this job, but English, maths and science to at least NCEA Level 1 are useful.

Watchmaker and Repairers can earn around $39K-$55K per year per year.

Watchmakers can progress into supervisory or management roles. They can also establish their own business and become self-employed.

Watchmaker and Repairer

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