Laboratory Mechanical Technician

Perform a variety of experiments on watch parts, lubricants, and abrasives.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Laboratory Mechanical Technicians do?

Performs variety of experiments on watch parts, lubricants, and abrasives used in manufacture of horological instruments to ascertain conformance to production standards: Heats or cools watch parts to specific temperatures in oven or refrigerator. Subjects heated or cooled watch parts to stress tests and records results. Tests lubricants and abrasives used in watch manufacture for conformance to established lubricity and abrasion levels. Analyzes test results to detect deficiencies in watch parts, lubricants or abrasives and suggests modifications in production methods to overcome deficiencies. Recommends new test procedures or testing devices as necessary. May assist in fabrication and installation of new testing devices. May repair ovens or refrigerators.


Should I be a Laboratory Mechanical Technician?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Laboratory-Mechanic Helper, Mechanical Technician, Laboratory, Memory-Unit Test Technician

    How to Become a
    Laboratory Mechanical Technician

    Most Laboratory Mechanical Technicians have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9zcaaa&chl=no+college+%2869%25%29|certificate+%2828%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,69,69
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