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Watch Technology Institute (AAS)

Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS)

The Watch Technology AAS is a full-time, 184-credit program preparing students for careers as Watchmakers and Watch Repairers. Students learn practical and theoretical watchmaking; the watches covered include basic manual-wind, automatic, chronograph, and quartz movements. Students will also learn the basics of micromechanics, manufacturing, casing/assembly, quality control, customer service, and refinishing.

To meet the AAS requirements, students must complete 164 Watch Technology credits plus 20 general education credits (184 credits total). The general education courses cover Business Communications, English Composition, Math, and US/Global Studies. Students can take these general education courses before, after, or during their enrollment in the Watch Technology program. Students with credits from other educational institutions may also submit their transcripts to North Seattle College to determine if the credits will transfer.

In addition to the Watch Technology AAS through North Seattle College, students are eligible to sit for certification testing through the Swiss-American Watchmakers Training Alliance (SAWTA). SAWTA was established by Rolex Watch USA, Inc. to encourage the training of watchmakers in the United States. To receive the SAWTA certificate, students must pass several rounds of intermediate exams and a final exam.

Entrance into the Watch Technology program is competitive; typically more applications are received than classroom spots are available. Applicants are encouraged to apply early by downloading the application form here and starting the process. Students may contact the WTI office for more information.

For students interested in a non-degree option, WTI offers a 164-credit Watch Technology certificate. To learn more about the certificate, click here.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Credits
Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) Full Time: 9
Part Time: Part Time Option Not Available

Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.

There are no entry requirements for this program

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor to discuss specific career goals and recommended coursework.

Job tests this program will prepare you for:


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All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391. There are additional costs for books and supplies. Each student is responsible for the purchase of certain supplies and required tools before the instruction begins.

The following fee is associated with the program:

  • 2020/2021 Toolkit - $6,500.00

Equipment Fee associated with this program

  • The toolkit fee is required by the program. Tools are supplied by WTI and paid for by the student. : $6,500.00 (split 50/50 between the student's first Fall and Winter quarters)

Students are in class Monday-Thursday 7:30am-4:30pm, Friday 7:30am-4:30pm. Additional lab hours are available for students who wish to work on more projects.

Worker Friendly

This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Daytime: Courses offered between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM


To check the program sequences please view pdf.