3233 Precision Metal Trades Workers

Precision Metal Trades Workers fabricate, assemble, maintain and repair metal precision instruments.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

    At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

    Registration or licensing may be required.

    Tasks Include:

    • assembling parts and subassemblies of precision instruments, locks, timepieces and firearms
    • dismantling precision instruments, locks, timepieces and firearms, repairing and replacing defective parts, and reassembling articles using hand and power tools and specially designed machines
    • inscribing letters, figures and designs on surfaces of jewellery, trophies and other ornamental items
    • installing security systems, changing tumblers in locks, changing locks, cutting keys and opening locks by manipulation
    • calibrating precision instruments using standard weights and measures, jigs and fixtures, and hand tools to adjust and align parts and small balancing weights
    • making blades for circular, band and other power saws and repairing, setting and sharpening blades for hand and power saws
    • testing circuits in electronic timepieces
    • may estimate costs and prepare quotes for repairs


    • 323313 Locksmith
    • 323314 Precision Instrument Maker and Repairer

    323313 Locksmith

    Installs and maintains locks and related security devices and systems. Registration or licensing is required.

    Skill Level: 3

    323314 Precision Instrument Maker and Repairer

    Assembles, calibrates, installs and overhauls mechanical precision instruments and equipment.

    Skill Level: 3


    • Camera Repairer
    • Scalemaker
    • Scientific Instrument Maker and Repairer