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Precision Instrument Makers and Repairers

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

More about this Career

Average Salary


New workers start around £16957. Normal pay is £28506 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to £43872.



Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full and part-time jobs.

Daily 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.

Skills Employers are looking for

Soft Skills

Soft skills are non-technical skills that include how you interact with colleagues, solve problems, and manage your work

  • Active Learning


  • Mathematics


  • Critical Thinking


  • Speaking


  • Active Listening


  • Reading Comprehension


  • Science


  • Writing


  • Monitoring


  • Learning Strategies


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