NAIOSW - Curriculum

Certified Watchmaking Course (3,000-Hour WOSTEP Program):

curriculumOur Certified Watchmaking Course (3,000-Hour WOSTEP Program) begins with eight months of micromechanics. This forms the groundwork upon which you will continue to build a lifetime of learning. Our students learn the basics of filing, sawing, drilling, heat-treating, turning and all other operations necessary to manufacture parts of a watch such as a winding stem and balance staff. Our fully equipped micromechanics lab gives our students the perfect environment to learn and apply advanced machining operations common to our industry. The focus of the micromechanics curricula is to develop enhanced hand, eye, and thinking skills of the ultimate watchmaking tool – the watchmaker!

The plan of study following micromechanics is dedicated to mastering the intricacies of every basic component and system of modern Swiss mechanical and quartz watches. This program of study for mechanical watches follows the path of service from the winding & setting to the motor organ through the gear train & escapement and finally to the oscillator. Complications such as automatic winding, calendars, and chronographs are studied after the basics are mastered.

Quartz studies focus on the analytical and systematic diagnostics of the both the mechanical and electronic aspects of this modern technology as well as a complete understanding of the operation of the discreet systems employed in these state-of-the-art timepieces.

Encasing Technician Course:

Our Encasing Technician Course begins with 4 weeks of micromechanics. The focus of this rigorous period is to develop the skills to fit parts such as a stem and crown, repair bracelet and casing parts, and to maintain the important tools of an encasing technician such as screwdrivers and tweezers.

Following micromechanics, the plan of study prepares the student for a successful career in technical service on modern watches by developing skills in the basic watch encasing service operations of case and bracelet function diagnosis and repair, including exchange and testing of quartz and mechanical movements in a watch. Topics explored include; basic nomenclature, assembly and disassembly of watch cases, water resistance testing, fitting dials and hands on a watch movement, carrying out basic function testing of quartz watch movements, and standard bracelet and strap adjustment and intervention.