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.


New workers

New workers start around £17,349. Normal pay is £28,226 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £44,815.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 20,338 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • 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.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Paint Sprayers

  • Safety Standards

  • Soldering

  • Spray Painting

  • Painting

  • Maintenance Scheduling

  • Refurbishing

  • Quality Management

  • Work Order

  • Mobile Phones

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Detail Oriented

  • Customer Service

  • Time Management

  • Management

  • Organizational Skills

  • Enthusiasm

  • Self-Motivation

  • English Language

  • Strong Work Ethic

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.