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Precision instrument makers and repairers

£16,640 Average salary at age 20
£29,640 Average Salary
46 Average hours per week


Precision instrument makers and repairers make, calibrate, test and repair precision and optical instruments such as barometers, compasses, cameras, calibrators, watches, clocks and chronometers.

Main Tasks

  • 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.


Some 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.

UK Prospects

21700 Workforce Size
5.37% Predicted decline 2023 - 2027
2346 Predicted Replacement 2023 - 2027

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