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Precision Metal Trades Workers

Overview

Precision Metal Trades Workers fabricate, assemble, maintain and repair metal precision instruments. The links below provide quick access to basic information for this occupation.  Greater detail can be found using any of the page tabs above. A one page printable summary of the key statistics for this occupation can also be found under the Reports and Links tab above. Just click on the tab and follow the link for Occupational Bulletin.

Tasks

This occupation may include associated occupations with varying tasks.

  • assembling parts and subassemblies of precision instruments, locks, timepieces and firearms
  • dismantling precision instruments, locks, timepieces and firearms, repairing and replacing defective parts, and reassembling articles using hand and power tools and specially designed machines
  • inscribing letters, figures and designs on surfaces of jewellery, trophies and other ornamental items
  • installing security systems, changing tumblers in locks, changing locks, cutting keys and opening locks by manipulation
  • calibrating precision instruments using standard weights and measures, jigs and fixtures, and hand tools to adjust and align parts and small balancing weights
  • making blades for circular, band and other power saws and repairing, setting and sharpening blades for hand and power saws
  • testing circuits in electronic timepieces
  • may estimate costs and prepare quotes for repairs

Job Titles

  • Engraver
  • Gunsmith
  • Locksmith
  • Precision Instrument Maker and Repairer
  • Saw Maker and Repairer
  • Watch and Clock Maker and Repairer

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