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51-2093.00 - Timing Device Assemblers and Adjusters

Perform precision assembling, adjusting, or calibrating, within narrow tolerances, of timing devices such as digital clocks or timing devices with electrical or electronic components.

Sample of reported job titles: Calibration Specialist, Calibrator, Clockmaker, Horologist, Time Stamp Assembler, Watch Technician, Watchmaker

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • Assemble and install components of timepieces to complete mechanisms, using watchmakers' tools and loupes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Observe operation of timepiece parts and subassemblies to determine accuracy of movement, and to diagnose causes of defects. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Test operation and fit of timepiece parts and subassemblies, using electronic testing equipment, tweezers, watchmakers' tools, and loupes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Replace specified parts to repair malfunctioning timepieces, using watchmakers' tools, loupes, and holding fixtures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Disassemble timepieces such as watches, clocks, and chronometers so that repairs can be made. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean and lubricate timepiece parts and assemblies, using solvents, buff sticks, and oil. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine components of timepieces such as watches, clocks, or chronometers for defects, using loupes or microscopes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Bend parts, such as hairsprings, pallets, barrel covers, and bridges, to correct deficiencies in truing or endshake, using tweezers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Change timing weights on balance wheels to correct deficient timing. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Adjust sizes or positioning of timepiece parts to achieve specified fit or function, using calipers, fixtures, and loupes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Mount hairsprings and balance wheel assemblies between jaws of truing calipers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Estimate spaces between collets and first inner coils to determine if spaces are within acceptable limits. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Bend inner coils of springs away from or toward collets, using tweezers, to locate centers of collets in centers of springs, and to correct errors resulting from faulty colleting of coils. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Turn wheels of calipers and examine springs, using loupes, to determine if center coils appear as perfect circles. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine and adjust hairspring assemblies to ensure horizontal and circular alignment of hairsprings, using calipers, loupes, and watchmakers' tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Review blueprints, sketches, or work orders to gather information about tasks to be completed. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Tighten or replace loose jewels, using watchmakers' tools. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Abrasive drums — Abrasive wheels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air compressors — Portable air compressors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ammeters — Clamp-on ammeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Angle gauge — Level protractors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automatic lathe or chucking machine — Modelmakers' lathes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automatic soldering machine — Soldering machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Belt conveyors — Materials conveyors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bench scales — Computerized scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Binocular light compound microscopes — Inspection microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Boring machines — Horizontal boring bars; Jig boring machines; Semi-automatic boring machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Burnishing machine — Burnishing wheels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • C clamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calipers — Digital calipers; Poising calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chamfering machine — Semi-automatic chamfering machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Circuit tester — Test lights See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Coating machines — Anti-electrostatic coating machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Comparators — Electronic comparators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Coordinate measuring machines CMM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Deburring tool — Deburring tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Diagonal cut pliers — Diagonal cutting pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dial indicator or dial gauge — Dial indicators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drill press or radial drill — Horizontal drill presses; Screw presses; Sensitive drill presses; Vertical drill presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drilling machines — Semi-automatic drilling machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electromagnetic geophysical instruments — Demagnetizing equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Engraving machines — Automatic engraving machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Feeler gauges — Angled feeler gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flat hand file — Flat hand-held files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flat nose pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Force or torque sensors — Electronic torque testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas burners — Bunsen burners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Glue guns — Glue dispensers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Go or no go gauge — Go/no-go gauges; Plug gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grinding or polishing machines — Bench polishing machines; Glass bevelers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand reamer — Hand reamers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand vise — Colleting tools; Holding tools; Pin vises See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hardness testers — Hardness testing devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Height gauges — Vernier height gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Jewellers pliers — Band notching pliers; Watchmaking pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory heaters — Heat lamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory mechanical convection ovens — Bench ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lapping machine — Cast-iron laps; Lead-tin laps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Loupes — Inspection loupes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Micrometer calipers — Millimeter gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Micrometers — Digital micrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Needlenose pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oil gun — Oilers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paint brushes — Artists' brushes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Picks — Mini picks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Planing machines — Semi-automatic planing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic screwdriver — Pneumatic screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power buffers — Polishing wheels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power grease gun — Automatic oil dispensers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power grinders — Bench grinders; Grinding machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Precision file — Radius files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Precision screwdriver — Link removal tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure indicators — Pressure testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure or vacuum recorders — Vacuum testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Profiling and duplicating milling machine — Swiss-type automatic screwing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pry bars — Spring bar tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pull spring balances — Spring balance scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts — Hand punches; Punch sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rivet tools — Riveting hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rubber mallet — Rubber mallets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Saws — Buck saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Straight screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shears — Industrial shears See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Soldering iron — Electric soldering irons See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stamping dies or punches — Stamping tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Straight edges — Straightedges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tapping machine — Horizontal tapping machines; Semi-automatic tapping machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tube end finisher — Facing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tumblers or polishers — Lapping machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Turning machines — Automatic turning machines; Semi-automatic turning machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tweezers — Magnetic tweezers; Non-conductive tweezers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vertical machining center — Vertical milling machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Voltage or current meters — Digital voltmeters DVM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Watch or clock case openers — Case opening tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water jet cutting machine — Water jet cutters See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — Maplesoft Maple See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — At Your Service Software At Your Service Repair software; Data entry software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Inventory management software — Inventory control software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Point of sale POS software — Retail sales software See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Align parts or workpieces to ensure proper assembly. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Calculate dimensions of workpieces, products, or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean workpieces or finished products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair precision devices or workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble metal or plastic parts or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect timing devices. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply lubricants or coolants to workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Reshape small metal components for precision assembly. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
91   High school diploma or equivalent Help
4   Professional degree Help
2   Less than high school diploma

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RC

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $14.45 hourly, $30,060 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 1,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Decline (-3% or lower) Decline (-3% or lower)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 200
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Sources of Additional Information

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  • Assemblers and Fabricators external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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