Precision Instrument Maker and Repairer

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  • Assembles, calibrates, installs and overhauls mechanical precision instruments and equipment.
Work Tasks (may include any combination of the following):
  • Assembles parts and sub-assemblies of precision instruments and locks, timepieces and firearms; dismantles precision instruments, locks, timepieces and firearms, repairing and replaces defective parts, and reassembles articles using hand and power tools and specially designed machines; calibrates precision instruments using standard weights and measures, jigs and fixtures, and hand tools to adjust and align parts and small balancing weights; may estimate costs and prepare quotes for repairs.
Work Environment:
  • Works indoors, usually in small workshops associated with retail premises.
  • Work spaces will usually be adequately heated and ventilated.
Work Function/Activity1:
  • The physical demand is light to medium.
  • Standing at workbenches or engineering machines such as grinders and lathes is likely.
  • Sitting on stools at workbenches is frequently required.
  • Employees frequently walk about the worksite to move equipment, supplies and carry out various tasks.
  • Stretching up or across is not required.
  • Squatting, crouching and/or kneeling is not a significant feature of the job.
  • Twisting of the body or neck is not a significant feature of the job.
  • Lifting, carrying or moving items is frequently required but is unlikely to exceed light to medium physical demand.
  • Repetitive movements are required on an occasional to frequent basis.
  • Driving is not a significant component of the job.
  • Employees frequently use a range of hand and small power tools (e.g. small precision lathes, a range of precision hand tools such as soldering irons, pliers, cutters and micro-screwdrivers). They will also use precision measurement and may utilise electronic testing equipment.
  • Bending is occasionally required when at workbenches.
  • Mental activities necessary include practical, technical, mathematical and problem-solving skills.
Further Comments:
  • There are limited opportunities for flexibility of movement.
Entry Requirements:
  • A New Zealand Register Level 4 qualification or at least three years of relevant experience. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification. For entry-level positions on-the-job training may be sufficient.

1 This document is based on ANZSCO, 2006 (code 323314). Other sources of information that may have been consulted are industry contacts, employers, newspapers and internet-based sources. For physical demand level definitions see Matheson, L.N. (1996). Functional Capacity Evaluation.