Timing Device Assembler/Adjuster

What They Do

Timing Device Assemblers and Adjusters Career Video

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

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Assembles and installs components of timepieces to complete mechanisms, using watchmakers' tools and loupes.
  • Observes operation of timepiece parts and subassemblies to determine accuracy of movement, and to diagnose causes of defects.
  • Tests operation and fit of timepiece parts and subassemblies, using electronic testing equipment, tweezers, watchmakers' tools, and loupes.
  • Replaces specified parts to repair malfunctioning timepieces, using watchmakers' tools, loupes, and holding fixtures.
  • Disassembles timepieces such as watches, clocks, and chronometers so that repairs can be made.
  • Cleans and lubricates timepiece parts and assemblies, using solvents, buff sticks, and oil.
  • Examines components of timepieces such as watches, clocks, or chronometers for defects, using loupes or microscopes.
  • Bends parts, such as hairsprings, pallets, barrel covers, and bridges, to correct deficiencies in truing or endshake, using tweezers.
  • Changes timing weights on balance wheels to correct deficient timing.
  • Adjusts sizes or positioning of timepiece parts to achieve specified fit or function, using calipers, fixtures, and loupes.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly up close

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Calibration Specialist
  • Calibrator
  • Clockmaker
  • Horologist
  • Time Stamp Assembler
  • Watch Technician
  • Watchmaker