List of Continuing Education Courses

These courses are designed to help professional watchmakers continually improve their skills and stay current on changes in recommended service techniques. There is a combination of refresher courses, advanced level courses, and courses designed to prepare individuals for the CW21 (Certified Watchmaker) Exam. Previous work on watches in a watch repair environment is recommended, e.g. self employed, factory service center, independent service center, store manager, etc.

Not sure which course to sign up for? Please fill out the Professional Experience Questionnaire and contact us so we can help you find the best course suited to your skill level, expertise, and interests.

Don’t see the course you want here? We are always trying to expand and improve our course offerings and we welcome suggestions. We may also have a course already developed which isn’t scheduled and we can try and accommodate you.

Looking for someone to come to your business, chapter, or guild to teach a course? We do that to. Please contact our education coordinator for more information.

2015

EDUCATION NEWS:

Bring Your Lab Coats!

Here it is!!! The schedule for 2015, ready for you to plan and schedule your classes. Call and save your seat. Advanced 21 Classes are for CW21s and CMW21s.

January 26-30 

Case and Bracelet Refinishing

Today’s luxury watch consumer demands perfection. This course is perfect for the watchmaker or dedicated refinisher. It will help you achieve the different finishes on modern watch cases. Also covered is disassembly and assembly of common watch cases.

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1250 includes polishing kit

February
9-13 

Modern Mechanical Chronograph – ETA 7750
This course focuses on the service and adjustment of modern mechanical chronographs like the ETA 7750 and is the perfect course for anyone preparing for the CW21 Exam. Students should have a solid understanding of basic service procedures as this course will focus on the chronograph mechanism itself.

Instructor: Robert Flood, CW21 of Breitling, USA

Member Price $1000

March
2-6

Introduction to Watch Repair
A survey course for the new or prospective watchmaker covering the basic skills and techniques used by the modern watchmaker. This class is perfect for anyone thinking about entering the profession of watchmaking or for the individual who just wants to gain a better appreciation for the art of watchmaking. Students who take this class will be prepared to advance to Basic Watchmaking II. Before attending students should study Theory of Horology and be familiar with the basic nomenclature of watchmaking.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Aaron Recksieck, CW21

Member Price $1000

March 18

Separate Function Case Course for Rolex Watches

This course teaches the standard operating procedures (SOP) for disassembly, service, and re-assembly of Rolex watches featuring the separation of functions bezel. You will gain hands-on training with the proper tools and with multiple case designs.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Prerequisites: CW21, WOSTEP, or instructor approval

Member Price $300 

March 19

Separate Function Case Course for Rolex Watches

This course teaches the standard operating procedures (SOP) for disassembly, service, and re-assembly of Rolex watches featuring the separation of functions bezel. You will gain hands-on training with the proper tools and with multiple case designs.

 Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Prerequisites: CW21, WOSTEP, or instructor approval

 Member Price $300 

March 20

Separate Function Case Course for Rolex Watches

This course teaches the standard operating procedures (SOP) for disassembly, service, and re-assembly of Rolex watches featuring the separation of functions bezel. You will gain hands-on training with the proper tools and with multiple case designs.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Prerequisites: CW21, WOSTEP, or instructor approval

Member Price $300 

March 23-27

Balance Staffing & Timing

This course will teach the student all the fundamentals of balance staff replacement. Topics covered will include the verification and analysis of the escapement function, poising (static & dynamic), truing and timing adjustment in a mechanical watch, cutting out a balance staff on a lathe as well as modern methods. Calibers used include ETA 6497 and ETA 2824.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1000

April
13-17

The Art of Watch Adjusting: Escapement, Timing,
and Oscillator Work

(The art of watch adjusting – making timekeepers keep time)
This intense 5-day course will help you refine your adjusting skills. The course covers all of the adjustments for the swiss lever escapement, hairspring and balance. Also covered is the ETAChron system.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1000

April 27 – May 1

Essential Micromechanics: The Watchmaker’s Lathe

The purpose of this class is to teach students fundamental micromechanical skills involving the watchmaker’s lathe. This includes preparing and sharpening gravers, basic cutting geometry, turning cylinders in brass & steel, drilling on the lathe, parting off, measuring, and will include barrel bushing manufacturing.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1000

May 4-6

Servicing the Aging Modern Floor Clock in the Home

This three day class focuses on repairs to the modern floor clock movement that can be completed in the home as well as determining when the clock needs to go to the shop.  The class will cover every aspect of in home servicing, from taking the initial phone call to performing the actual repairs and everything in between.  We will be examining through a series of photographs the most common problems encountered when repairing the aging modern floor clock movement and how to correct them.  We will also perform hands on repairs and adjustments to the modern Hermle floor clock movement.  Michael will share the wisdom and knowledge he has obtained over the course of 36 years and over 20,000 house calls that enable him to trouble shoot almost any mechanical problem in a matter of minutes. 

A partial list of topics to be discussed include; different house call approaches, house call etiquette, sample phone conversations, scheduling, pricing, guarantees, worn out movements, movement replacements vs. movement restorations, clock parts nomenclature, maintenance intervals, the house call tool box, problems specific to certain movement types, troubleshooting and general tips.  Other potential topics include a special section on the Herschede tubular bell movement and how to run a profitable shop.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Michael Gainey, CC21

Member Price $750

Jun 8 -12 21st Century Watchmaking Standards: Understanding the fundamental expectations of manufacturers, consumers, and industry in modern watch repair. (5 CEUs)

This course will teach students the fundamentals of modern mechanical watch repair for models most prevalent on the market today. Topics covered will include cleanliness, lubrication, endshake adjustment and may include verification and analysis of escapement function. Prerequisites: Basic understanding of manual wind watch function, knowledge of watch terminology, and ownership of basic hand tools.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1000

Jun 22-26

Quartz & Quartz Chronograph Service Procedures & Diagnostics

(5 CEUs)

The purpose of this course is to teach the student all the fundamentals of modern basic quartz watch repair and quartz chronographs that are most prevalent in today’s market. The student will learn how to perform the various important electronic tests, e.g., current consumption, coil resistance, lower working voltage, fault finding, etc.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1000

Jul 13-17

Modern Automatic Wristwatches (5 CEUs)

The purpose of this course is to teach the student all the fundamentals of modern mechanical automatic watch repair that are most prevalent in today’s market. The student will learn how to perform the various components, cleaning, assembling, adjustments, dialing and casing. 

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1095

Jul 20-24

The Art of Watch Adjusting; Escapement, Timing & Oscillator Work

(5 CEUs)

This intense 5-day course will help you refine your adjusting skills. The course covers all of the adjustments for the Swiss lever escapement, hairspring and balance. Also covered is the ETAChron system.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1095

Aug 3-7

Modern Mechanical Chronograph- ETA 7750 (5 CEUs)

This course focuses on the service and adjustment of modern mechanical chronographs like the ETA 7750 and is the perfect course for anyone preparing for the CW21 Exam. Students should have a solid understanding of basic service procedures as this course will focus on the chronograph mechanism itself.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1095

Sep 7-11 Vintage Wristwatch Service Procedures (5 CEUs)

A new class from AWCI focusing on the unique service requirements for vintage watches. Pre-requisites: Completion of 21st Century Watchmaking Standards course, CW21, Wostep, or instructor approval.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1095

Sep 28-29

 High End Horological Decoration and Finishing (2 CEUs)

 

Mr. Korpela will travel from Switzerland where he is the instructor and the K&H Competence Center in LeLocle to attend the AWCI convention and give a 2-day seminar on high end horological decoration and finishing. The course, which takes place just ahead of the AWCI Annual Convention and Chronometer Club Seminar, is limited to 12 students. Topics covered will include black polishing (specular polishing) screws, round polishing screws, and bluing steeled components. If time allows additional topics may include applying straight grain finishes and sablage (a matte finish with characteristics similar to sand-blasting.)

Kansas City, MO

 Instructor: Henrik Korpela, K&H Watchmaking Competence Center in LeLocle Switzerland

Member Price $595

 For a preview of topics covered you can read an article written by Mr. Korpela on the topic of black polishing that was featured on Watches by SJX.

http://www.watchesbysjx.com/2015/01/explained-fine-art-of-black-polishing.html

 Sep 29

Separate Function Case Course for Rolex Watches

(1 CEU)

This course teaches the standard operating procedures (SOP) for disassembly, service, and re-assembly of Rolex watches featuring the separation of functions bezel including water resistance testing. You will gain hands-on training with the proper tools and with multiple case designs.

Kansas City, MO

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Prerequisites: CW21, WOSTEP, or instructor approval

Member Price $349 

Oct 1-3

AWCI Annual Convention and Educational Symposium 

(1 CEU)

From the Heart of America, AWCI celebrates the rebirth of the American watchmaking spirit. The convention includes a vendor fair where you can learn about all the latest tools and products and a full day of educational classes on watchmaking, clockmaking, and business topics.

Hotel Phillips, Kansas City, MO

Member Price $499

Classes include:

Clock Escapements, Clockmaker Roundtable, Workshop Practices, Essential Practices of Water Resistance Testing, and 3D Printing in Horology. Visit www.awci.com/symposium for more details and registration.

Oct 12-16

Advanced 21:  Rolex- Caliber TBA

Harrison, OH

Nov 9-13

Advanced 21:  Rolex- Caliber TBA

Harrison, OH

Nov 16-20

Case & Bracelet Refinishing (5 CEUs)

Today’s luxury watch consumer demands perfection. This course is perfect for the watchmaker or dedicated refinisher. It will help you achieve the different finishes on modern watch cases. Also covered is disassembly and assembly of common watch cases.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1350 includes polishing kit.

 

 

* Seats may become available in the full classes; please call Cindy Whitehead at 866-FOR-AWCI (367-2924), ext. 303

  • Students are advised to place an identifying mark (e.g. initials) on all their tools prior to attending class to avoid mix-up.
  • All classes are to be held at the Marvin E. Whitney Training Center at AWCI in Harrison, Ohio unless otherwise indicated.
  • Please fill out the Professional Experience Questionnaire and fax or mail it to AWCI at the address below, prior to attending the course.
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AWCI Academy of Watchmaking

AWCI
701 Enterprise Drive
Harrison, OH 45030-1696
Toll free: 866-367-2924 Ext. 301
Phone: 513-367-9800 Ext. 301
Fax: 513-367-1414