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.
- • 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|
|HIN 111||Introduction To Watch Technology||6|
|HIN 112||Watch Technology I: Tools, Equipment & Measurement||6|
|HIN 113||Watch Technology I: Practicum||10|
|HIN 121||Watch Technology II: Professional Knowledge||6|
|HIN 122||Watch Technology II: The Watchmaker's Lathe||6|
|HIN 123||Watch Technology II: Practicum||10|
|HIN 131||Watch Technology III: Winding & Setting Mechanisms||6|
|HIN 132||Watch Technology III: Watch Gear Trains||6|
|HIN 133||Watch Technology III: Practicum||10|
|HIN 141||Watch Technology IV: Escapements||4|
|HIN 142||Watch Technology IV: External Parts||4|
|HIN 143||Watch Technology IV: Practicum||8|
|HIN 211||Watch Technology V: Introduction to Precision Timing||6|
|HIN 212||Watch Technology V: Introduction to Electronic Watches||6|
|HIN 213||Watch Technology V: Practicum||10|
|HIN 221||Watch Technology VI: Precision Timing 2||6|
|HIN 222||Watch Technology VI: Automatic Watches||6|
|HIN 223||Watch Technology VI: Practicum||10|
|HIN 231||Watch Technology VII: Advanced Precision Timing||6|
|HIN 232||Watch Technology VII: Chronographs||6|
|HIN 233||Watch Technology VII: Practicum||10|
|HIN 241||Watch Technology VIII: After-Sales Service||4|
|HIN 242||Watch Technology VIII: Review of Courses||4|
|HIN 243||Watch Technology VIII: Practicum||8|
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
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.