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Watch or clock repairer Horologist, clock maker

Clock and watch repairers mend and restore clocks and watches.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £16,000 to £40,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You could start by doing a beginner's course in watch and clock repair. You could then move on to a foundation degree or degree. Courses are offered by a small number of colleges and training providers including:

You could also apply for a trainee position with a repair company.

Skills or experience in metalwork, jewellery making or mechanical engineering could also be useful.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • practical skills to handle tools
  • the ability to work with small parts

3. What you'll do

You'll service and repair clocks or watches. Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • inspecting and taking apart watches or clocks to identify faults
  • replacing batteries
  • cleaning and oiling parts
  • making new parts to replace worn ones
  • checking for accuracy
  • fitting new watch straps
  • etching or engraving designs onto a watch face

If you work in a jewellery shop, you may serve customers. You could also restore antique clocks, or design and make your own clocks.

4. Salary

Starter: £16,000 to £23,000

Experienced: £25,000 to £30,000

Highly Experienced: £30,000 to £40,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work 35 to 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. You may work some Saturdays.

You'll usually be in a workshop, sitting at a bench and using specialised tools.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could manage a workshop or retail jewellery outlet, or run your own business repairing or designing watches.

If you specialise in antique clocks, you could work in a museum conserving antique clocks, or work at an auctioneers as a valuer.

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Last updated: 07 December 2016