Watch Technology Certificate

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The Watch Technology Institute is an intense 2-year career training certificate program. Students should expect to spend 40+ hours a week in order to complete the Swiss American Watchmakers Training Alliance (SAWTA) curriculum.
Learning Outcomes
  • Competently service mechanical, electronic, and chronographic watches and perform case and bracelet repair and refinishing
  • Use comprehensive product knowledge to make informed judgments and recommendations regarding watch repair and service.
  • Thoroughly assess the scope of incoming work, accurately estimate repair time and costs, and clearly communicate this information to customers.
  • Find and use resources pertinent to watch repair and service.
  • Read and understand technical drawings related to watch repair and service.
  • Effectively use measuring devices related to watch repair and service.
  • Safely and effectively use and maintain appropriate tools and chemicals.
  • Practice professional work habits: (a) maintain a clean and orderly workspace; exhibit a systematic approach to watch repair and service, and (c) maintain accurate and accessible records.
Many classes have prerequisites. Prerequisites are those classes that prove eligibility for entry-level classes by testing or by having satisfied prior course work. Course work earned at other institutions must be unofficially evaluated or approved by a program advisor before registering. Watch Technology Certificate Prerequisites: none
Course Number Course Title Credits
course(HIN111) Introduction To Watch Technology 6
course(HIN112) Watch Technology I: Tools, Equipment & Measurement 6
course(HIN113) Watch Technology I: Practicum 10
course(HIN121) Watch Technology II: Professional Knowledge 6
course(HIN122) Watch Technology II: The Watchmaker's Lathe 6
course(HIN123) Watch Technology II: Practicum 10
course(HIN131) Watch Technology III: Winding & Setting Mechanisms 6
course(HIN132) Watch Technology III: Watch Gear Trains 6
course(HIN133) Watch Technology III: Practicum 10
course(HIN141) Watch Technology IV: Escapements 4
course(HIN142) Watch Technology IV: External Parts 4
course(HIN143) Watch Technology IV: Practicum 8
course(HIN211) Watch Technology V: Introduction to Precision Timing 6
course(HIN212) Watch Technology V: Introduction to Electronic Watches 6
course(HIN213) Watch Technology V: Practicum 10
course(HIN221) Watch Technology VI: Precision Timing 2 6
course(HIN222) Watch Technology VI: Automatic Watches 6
course(HIN223) Watch Technology VI: Practicum 10
course(HIN231) Watch Technology VII: Advanced Precision Timing 6
course(HIN232) Watch Technology VII: Chronographs 6
course(HIN233) Watch Technology VII: Practicum 10
course(HIN241) Watch Technology VIII: After-Sales Service 4
course(HIN242) Watch Technology VIII: Review of Courses 4
course(HIN243) Watch Technology VIII: Practicum 8


Total Credits
Total Credits -- Minimum
This program of study is outlined by quarter, and courses are taken in the indicated sequence. 1st quarter: HIN 111, HIN 112, HIN 113 2nd quarter: HIN 121, HIN 122, HIN 123    3rd quarter: HIN 131, HIN 132, HIN 133 4th quarter: HIN 141, HIN 142, HIN 143 5th quarter: HIN 211, HIN 212, HIN 213 6th quarter: HIN 221, HIN 222, HIN 223 7th quarter: HIN 231, HIN 232, HIN 233 8th quarter: HIN 241, HIN 242, HIN 243
Sequence Type

What Skills do I need to be successful in this field?

  • Watch repair (called “watchmaking” in the U.S.) is a challenging field that requires strong mechanical reasoning skills, good manual dexterity, keen eyesight, patience and an appreciation for the beauty of fine craftsmanship.

What are some potential job titles?

  • as a watchmaker/service technician in a workshop or service center for mechanical and electronic watches.
  • as owner, manager or employee of an independent watch repair center or jewelry store.
  • as a supervisor/manager of an after-sales service network for a watch distributor or brand on a regional or national basis.
  • as a trainer in specific products for one or several brands.

Wages, employment trends and pathways

  • Compensation varies geographically and with venue. In recent years, NSCC graduates have accepted watchmaking jobs with entry-level salaries ranging from $38,000 to $60,000. New York, New Jersey, the South, Southeast and Texas have opportunities at factory service centers. Their higher volume typically means higher starting salaries.

Program Contact               

Lisa Tam   (206) 934-0169            

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