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Summer 2001 Vol. 45, Number 2

Precision instrument and equipment repairers

They love to tinker—with cameras and violins, watches and gauges, and many other things.

Tick-tock, ding-dong, whir-whir—the precise movements of gadgets such as clocks and watches, musical instruments, and industrial measuring devices have fascinated people for decades. Maintaining such small mechanical devices demands a level of skill and attention to detail that borders on an art. Highly skilled repairers keep precision instruments and equipment in working order.

Precision instrument and equipment repairers held more than 70,000 jobs in 1998. These workers compose a diverse group, repairing cameras, medical equipment, musical instruments, watches and clocks, and industrial measuring devices. In this article, you’ll learn about their differing duties, working conditions, employment and earnings, job outlook, and skills and training.

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Last Updated: September 19, 2001