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Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers

Job specification

In order to effectively perform various functions precision instruments are used by the military. Precision instruments are used to measure altitude, temperature, distance, pressure and under water path. The job requires the expertise of Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers. These experts in the field also use other instruments such as projectors, cameras, and imaging and photographic equipment. They are considered enlisted personnel in the chain of command.


The usual duties and responsibilities of Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers in the military include:

Repair aircraft instruments using calibration equipment

Conduct calibration of barometers, telemeters, and thermometers

Conduct repair of weapon aiming equipment such as periscopes, range finders and telescopes

Repair malfunctioning devices such as cameras, and other photo imaging equipment

Adjust and repair timers, clocks and watches

Conduct repair of other test instruments

Ideal traits

The field of study which is helpful in this kind of job in the military includes shop mechanics, math, electricity, science and electronics. Other helpful attributes also includes:

Excellent skills in giving solutions to mechanical problems that affect the military operation

Excellent skills in using hand power tools for the effective daily monitoring of machines and other equipment inside military bases

Training opportunities

Classroom instructions as well as actual experience in related jobs are also ideal training programs. Other subject matters that are also helpful are:

Basics in repair and calibration of measuring instruments

Basics in proper presentation of schematics and blueprints

Basics in maintaining cameras and dark room areas where negatives are processed

Basics in repair and testing of aerial sensor gadgets

Work atmosphere

The Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers in the military work in shops and dark room lab facilities inside the bases. They also travel to other military installations when the need arises.

Non-military employment

The civilian Precision instrument and equipment repairers work in manufacturing and industrial plants that use precision instruments, colleges and universities, photo labs and engineering firms. Their duties and functions are only the same with that of the military.

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