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Precision instrument maker or repairer

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

Tasks

  • Tests, adjusts and repairs precision and optical instruments.
  • Positions, aligns and secures optical lenses in mounts.
  • Checks prepared parts for accuracy using measuring equipment, assembles parts and adjusts as necessary using hand and machine tools.
  • Carries out service tasks such as cleaning, oiling and regulating.
  • Tests completed timepiece for accuracy using electronic or other test equipment.
  • Tests watches and clocks for repair to diagnose faults and removes, repairs or replaces damaged and worn parts.
  • Marks out and machines aluminium, brass, steel and plastics using machine tools such as grinders, lathes and shapers.
  • Examines drawings or specifications to determine appropriate methods, materials and sequence of operation.

Typical Education Level

Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 22% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£19,968

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for precision instrument maker or repairer is £19,968

774 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 774. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

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Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for precision instrument maker or repairer roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £19,968 per year. That is about £1,664 per month or £10.24 per hour. New workers generally start on £14,895, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £38,697

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 774 people are employed in the region.

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