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Career and Education Opportunities for Watch and Clock Repairers in Los Angeles, California

Many educational and employment opportunities exist for watch and clock repairers in the Los Angeles, California area. The national trend for watch and clock repairers sees this job pool shrinking by about 13.8% over the next eight years. Watch and clock repairers generally repair, clean, and adjust mechanisms of timing instruments, such as watches and clocks.

Watch and clock repairers earn about $14 hourly or $29,750 per year on average in California and about $16 per hour or $34,660 annually on average nationally. Incomes for watch and clock repairers are not quite as good as in the overall category of Specialized Equipment in California, and not quite as good as the overall Specialized Equipment category nationally.

There is one school within twenty-five miles of Los Angeles where you can study to be a watch and clock repairer, among 274 schools of higher education total in the Los Angeles area. Given that the most common education level for watch and clock repairers is a high school diploma or GED, you can expect to spend only a short time training to become a watch and clock repairer if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Watch and Clock Repairer

Watch and Clock Repairer video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, watch and clock repairers repair, clean, and adjust mechanisms of timing instruments, such as watches and clocks.

Watch and clock repairers oil moving parts of timepieces. They also repair or remove broken, damaged, or worn parts on timepieces, using lathes, drill presses, and hand tools. Equally important, watch and clock repairers have to clean and dry timepiece parts, using solutions and ultrasonic or mechanical watch-cleaning equipment. They are often called upon to gather data from customers about a timepiece's problems and its service history. They are expected to estimate repair costs and timepiece values. Finally, watch and clock repairers test timepiece accuracy and performance, using meters and other electronic instruments.

Every day, watch and clock repairers are expected to be able to control and manipulate objects at a fine level of detail. They need to see details at a very fine level of focus. It is also important that they control objects and devices with precise control.

It is important for watch and clock repairers to demagnetize mechanisms, using demagnetizing equipment. Somewhat less frequently, watch and clock repairers are also expected to record quantities and types of timepieces repaired, serial and model numbers of items and charges for fixes.

Watch and clock repairers sometimes are asked to perform regular adjustment and maintenance on timepieces and watch bands. They also have to be able to adjust timing regulators, using truing calipers, watch-rate recorders, and tweezers and disassemble timepieces and inspect them for faulty or rusty parts, using loupes. And finally, they sometimes have to estimate repair costs and timepiece values.

Like many other jobs, watch and clock repairers must be thorough and dependable and have exceptional integrity.

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EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Watch and Clock Repairer Training

Liberty Training Institute - Los Angeles, CA

Liberty Training Institute, 2706 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057. Liberty Training Institute is a small school located in Los Angeles, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 150 students. Liberty Training Institute has a less than one year program in Watchmaking and Jewelrymaking which graduated nine students in 2008.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles, California photo by Diliff

Los Angeles is located in Los Angeles County, California. It has a population of over 3,833,995, which has grown by 3.8% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Los Angeles, 166, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in Los Angeles are valued at $361,500 on average, which is far greater than the state average. In 2008, seven hundred twelve new homes were built in Los Angeles, down from 1,551 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Los Angeles are health care, educational services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. For men, it is construction, accommodation and food services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. The average travel time to work is about 30 minutes. More than 25.5% of Los Angeles residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 9.1%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Los Angeles is 13.9%, which is greater than California's average of 12.3%.

The percentage of Los Angeles residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 58.1%, is more than both the national and state average. All Peoples Christian Church, All Saints Episcopal Church and All Saints Roman Catholic Church are some of the churches located in Los Angeles. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention and the LDS (Mormon) Church.

Los Angeles is home to the Balboa Municipal Golf Course and the Angels Flight Railway as well as Hazard Park and State Street Recreation Center. Shopping centers in the area include Encino Junior Shopping Center, Encino Oaks Shopping Center and Encino Town Center Shopping Center. Visitors to Los Angeles can choose from Best Western Mid-Wilshire Plaza, Best Western Westwood Pacific and Alma Lodge for temporary stays in the area.