Watchmaking Plan of Study

Associate in Applied Science (94 credit hours)

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Suggested sequence of courses for the AAS in Watchmaking. Viewing the PDF requires Adobe Reader.
Departmental Requirements: 72 credit hours
WMT 1116 Career Cornerstone / Basic Microtechnology
Explores the culture, challenges and opportunities that exist in the watchmaking industry. Introduces terminology, theory and techniques needed to utilize watch technology. A heavy emphasis is placed on topics related to microtechnology including: metric system of measurement and measuring devices, tracing, sawing, precision filing, drilling, turning, heat treating, surface finishing, tool making, and tool sharpening. A basic understanding of the mechanical movement is learned and connections are drawn between micromechanics and watch service. Also included are instruction and laboratory experiences in shop and equipment maintenance and safety. Lab.
WMT 1126 Advanced Microtechnology I
Builds upon and expands the foundations learned in WMT 1116. Additional advanced micromechanics proficiencies are learned and built upon including the construction, fitment and craftsmanship of high quality precision parts and mechanisms. Additional movement theory and service practices are learned. Also included are instruction and laboratory experiences in shop and equipment maintenance and safety. Lab. Prerequisites: WMT 1116.
WMT 1216 Advanced Microtechnology II
Furthers the development of manufacturing skills with advanced machining techniques, such as use of the cross slide, milling and machined surface finishing techniques. Additional movement theory, service practices and construction techniques culminate in application of higher-level watch servicing proficiencies. Also included are instruction and laboratory experiences in shop and equipment maintenance and safety. Lab. Prerequisites: WMT 1126, MATH 1513 OR MATH 1613, PHYS 1114.
WMT 1226 External Watch
Emphasizes the case and bracelet. Students learn case and bracelet design and construction, as well as refinishing techniques. Proper replacement of case parts such as crown and case tubes, pushers, bezels, gaskets and crystals is covered in detail, including water resistance theory and practical examination. Students are taught proper preparation and final presentation for the finished case as part of watch service. Lab. Prerequisite: WMT 1216.
WMT 1316 Quartz Watch Repair
Emphasizes the delicate operation of servicing, repairing, testing, and adjusting the modern quartz watch movement. Theory is taught on lubrication, electricity, stepping/servo motors, capacitors, basic circuitry functions, and electronic measurements. Practical classroom exercises focus on movement service, parts handling and lubrication, cleaning techniques, testing equipment, and cell replacement as part of complete watch service. Lab. Prerequisites: WMT 1226, ENGL 1033 OR ENGL 1113, POLS 1113.
WMT 1326 Mechanical Watch Repair
Emphasizes the operation, design, and theory behind the modern mechanical watch movement. Classroom exercises prepare the student for diagnosis, repair, and maintenance of movement systems including: winding and setting mechanism, the barrel and mainspring, as well as understanding and analysis of functional principles of the gear train of modern mechanical watch movements. Students focus on complete watch service, quality and understanding the culture and craftsmanship behind complete watch service, culminating in the creation of the school watch. Lab. Prerequisite: WMT 1316.
WMT 2416 Escapement / Oscillator
Emphasizes understanding and analysis of functional principles of the escapement of modern mechanical watch movements, as well as theory on historical escapements. Students complete projects involving the proper setup and adjustment, diagnostic procedures, and repair techniques of the Swiss lever escapement in conjunction with watch service. Terminology of the balance wheel and hairspring, their composition and theory basics are covered, leading into the next course. Lab. Prerequisite: WMT 1326.
WMT 2426 Precision Timing / Automatic Watches
Develops the student’s professional knowledge and combines watch service with technical learning experiences in the watch regulating unit, hairspring vibration, hairspring manipulations, and precision timing procedures. Students learn additional theory and repair of automatic winding mechanisms and how this mechanism affects overall timing accuracy. Additional complications are introduced at this time. Lab. Prerequisite: WMT 2416.
WMT 2516 Chronograph Watches
Culminates the theoretical and practical procedures used in the service and repair of high-grade mechanical chronograph watches. Emphasis is on precision timing and adjusting, as well as repairing and adjusting a variety of chronograph mechanisms through watch service. Lab. Prerequisites: WMT 2426, SPCH 1113 OR SPCH 2313.
WMT 2526 Shop Management / Workflow Studies
Emphasizes professional after sales service shop management strategies. Includes personal productivity evaluations and workflow practices. Students experience a wide variety of movements and repairs in order to be well prepared for the workplace. This setting synthesizes technical, behavioral, business and interpersonal skills into a holistic endeavor that prepares the student for the real world. Lab. Prerequisite: WMT 2516.
WMT 2616 Estimating / Quality Control
Builds upon all previous courses with additional estimating methods, cost/profit analysis and consistency analysis. It also combines all the previous courses quality control steps into one, focused study from initial intake of a repair through completion with a specific emphasis on quality. Lab. Prerequisites: WMT 2526, HIST 1483 OR HIST 1493, PHIL 1013 OR PHIL 1213.
WMT 2626 Advanced Watch Repair / Capstone
Students concentrate on improving quality, consistency and productivity in preparation for their final examination and entrance to the workplace. The AWCI CW21 Certification examination is administered, as well as a final comprehensive exam of program competencies. The Capstone course culminates the entire educational effort to provide a practical application of the many different components related to their occupation. Students are required to participate in the exit assessment procedures to fulfill the requirements of this program of study. Lab. Prerequisite: WMT 2616.
General Education Requirements: 22 credit hours
For general education and interdepartmental course descriptions, see the School of Arts and Sciences courses.
English (3 credit hours)
ENGL 1033 Technical Writing I or
ENGL 1113 Freshman Composition I
History (3 credit hours)
HIST 1483 U. S. History to 1865 or
HIST 1493 U. S. History since 1865
Mathematics (3 credit hours)
MATH 1513 College Algebra or
MATH 1613 Trigonometry
Philosophy (3 credit hours)
PHIL 1013 Ethics of Leadership or
PHIL 1213 Ethics
Political Science (3 credit hours)
POLS 1113 U. S. Government
Science (4 credit hours)
PHYS 1114 General Physics I
Speech (3 credit hours)
SPCH 1113 Introduction to Speech Communications or
SPCH 2313 Small Group Communications