Precision Instrument Makers and Repairers assemble, calibrate, install and overhaul mechanical precision instruments and equipment.

Specialisations: Camera Repairer, Scalemaker, Scientific Instrument Maker and Repairer.

Either extensive experience or a certificate III in electrical or electronic trade engineering is needed to work as a Precision Instrument Maker and Repairer.

Tasks

  • Assembles parts and sub-assemblies of precision instruments and locks, timepieces and firearms.
  • Dismantles precision instruments, locks, timepieces and firearms, repairs 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.

More about Precision Metal Trades Workers

All Precision Metal Trades Workers

  • $1,149 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Precision Instrument Makers and Repairers

  • 1,900 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 45 years Average age
  • 5% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Precision Instrument Makers and Repairers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 2,000 in 2011 to 1,900 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Precision Instrument Makers and Repairers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Wholesale Trade; and Manufacturing.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (88%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (51%).
  • Gender: 5% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Other Services20.6
Wholesale Trade16.1
Manufacturing12.5
Health Care and Social Assistance12.2
Other Industries38.6

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StatePrecision Instrument Makers and RepairersAll Jobs Average
NSW32.331.6
VIC28.425.6
QLD18.020.0
SA5.67.0
WA12.610.8
TAS1.62.0
NT1.21.0
ACT0.41.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketPrecision Instrument Makers and RepairersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.6-5.05.0
20-243.7-9.39.3
25-3420.0-22.922.9
35-4424.7-22.022.0
45-5425.6-21.621.6
55-5912.7-9.09.0
60-647.3-6.06.0
65 and Over5.3-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationPrecision Instrument Makers and RepairersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate5.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree14.2-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma15.9-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV46.7-21.121.1
Year 1210.0-18.118.1
Year 112.9-4.84.8
Year 10 and below5.2-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or a certificate III in electrical or electronic trade engineering is needed to work as a Precision Instrument Maker and Repairer.

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Employers look for Precision Metal Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    66% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  2. Computers and Electronics

    61% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    59% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Education and Training

    52% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  5. English Language

    49% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Occupational Information Network
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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 49-9061.00 - Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

    95% Important

    How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

  2. Being Exact or Accurate

    93% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

  3. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    92% Important

    How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

  4. Freedom to Make Decisions

    88% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

  5. Face-to-Face Discussions

    88% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 49-9061.00 - Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers.

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