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Career and Education Opportunities for Watch and Clock Repairers in Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon provides a wide variety of opportunities, both career and educational, for watch and clock repairers. The national trend for watch and clock repairers sees this job pool shrinking by about 13.8% over the next eight years. In general, watch and clock repairers repair, clean, and adjust mechanisms of timing instruments, such as watches and clocks.

Income for watch and clock repairers is about $16 per hour or $34,870 per year on average in Oregon. Nationally, their income is about $16 per hour or $34,660 per year. Earnings for watch and clock repairers are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Specialized Equipment in Oregon and not quite as good as general Specialized Equipment category earnings nationally.

There are fifty-nine schools of higher education in the Portland area, including one within twenty-five miles of Portland where you can get a degree to start your career as a watch and clock repairer. 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 studying to be 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.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Portland include:

  • Industrial Machinery Mechanic. Repair, install, or maintain industrial production and processing machinery or refinery and pipeline distribution systems.
  • Machine Repairman. Lubricate machinery, change parts, or perform other routine machinery maintenance.
  • Mechanical Door Repairer. Install, service, or repair opening and closing mechanisms of automatic doors and hydraulic door closers. Includes garage door mechanics.
  • Millwright. Install, dismantle, or move machinery and heavy equipment according to layout plans, blueprints, or other drawings.
  • Musical Instrument Mechanic. Repair percussion, stringed, or wind instruments. May specialize in one area, such as piano tuning.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Watch and Clock Repairer Training

Portland Community College - Portland, OR

Portland Community College, 12000 SW 49th Avenue, Portland, OR 97219-7132. Portland Community College is a large college located in Portland, Oregon. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 26,657 students. Portland Community College has a one to two year program in Watchmaking and Jewelrymaking which graduated one student in 2008.


Portland, Oregon
Portland, Oregon photo by Fcb981

Portland is located in Multnomah County, Oregon. It has a population of over 557,706, which has grown by 5.4% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Portland, 103, is above the national average. New single-family homes in Portland are priced at $194,700 on average, which is below the state average. In 2008, six hundred forty-eight new homes were constructed in Portland, down from 1,205 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Portland are health care, educational services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, construction, and accommodation and food services. The average commute to work is about 23 minutes. More than 32.6% of Portland residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 11.4%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Portland is 10.7%, which is greater than Oregon's average of 10.6%.

The percentage of Portland residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 45.7%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Charismatic Churches Independent.

Portland is home to the Barnes Yard and the Haig as well as Cottonwood Bay City Park and Wallace City Park. Visitors to Portland can choose from Motel 6, Shilo Inns & Resorts and Comfort Inn Portland for temporary stays in the area.