How to Choose a Clock Repair School
Clock repair technicians, also called horologists, repair all types of clocks, including modern and antique clocks. In addition to repair, many technicians appraise, reconstruct, adjust and polish clocks. Some schools combine clock making and clock repair, potentially culminating in a certificate.
- Choose a school accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.
- Look for programs offering hands-on workshop training.
- A low student-to-teacher ratio is important, since individualized instruction plays a key role in this type of education.
- Potential specializations include vintage, antique, electric, quartz or mechanical clock repair.
- Workshops stocked with equipment used in the field may help prepare a student for a post-graduate career.
Overview of Clock Repair Programs
Courses fit individuals who want to get an entry-level position in clock repair. Repair skills, specialized repairs, chiming movement and tall clocks, along with the following, are all common classes:
- Cuckoo and pendulum clocks
- Lever escapements
- Wooden movement clocks
Certificate programs in clock repair or horology take 6-12 months. These programs are for students looking for a more in-depth education and a career in clock repair. Courses may include repair techniques, assessments, price estimation, advanced tools and use of lathes. Students rebuild a broken/unused clock using learned tools and techniques. Additional courses may cover:
- Rebuilding teeth
- Replacing pivots
- Mainspring repair
Schools with Certificate Programs in Horology
|Bishop State Community College||2-year, Public|
|Gem City College||2-year, Public|
|Lititz Watch Technicum||Certificate, Private|
|North American Institute of Swiss Watchmaking||Certificate, Private|
|North Seattle Community College||2-year, Public|
|OSU Institute of Technology||2-year, Private|
|Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology||2-year, Private|