" The Original... Not a Franchise ! "
Watchmaking... The ancient craft of the future
At Paris Junior College they like to give a
hairspring an even break ! For some reason a watch never comes to the students unless there is something wrong with it. For centuries people have been
breaking timepieces and it does not look as if that will ever
change. As apprentices have done for close to 500 years, today
they still must learn the heart and soul of a watch. With
dedication and practice, skills develop that breath new life back
into tiny, fascinating little machines." its a black art ,
not a cookbook " as one of them likes to put it. Since 1942
people have come to Paris to learn watch repair. They have become
part of a worldwide family. If They go anywhere in the world and
meet fellow watch aficionados they will most likely both know
some of the same people. Over the years hundreds of Watchmaking students from all over the globe have started careers and developed lifelong friendships in Paris, Texas. Watchmaking truly is an international language.
Mechanical wrist watches are the primary focus. The courses at TIJT cover
the basics as well as automatics,
calendars, timers and chronographs. After all , that's where the money is being
made. The procedures taught include nomenclature, material
systems, cleaning, lubrication, hairspring manipulations,
jeweling, escapements, regulation and the dynamics of timekeeping
to name a few. These are hands on courses with lectures and
demonstrations designed to prepare the apprentice to be a
professional watch repairer. Sorry , if You are looking for
some sort of hobby shop class this isn't it. However, if Your
seriously considering this trade as your life's work then read on.
Turning is an important requirement for any watchmaker.
Lathe projects produced to blue print specs. of 1/100 mm or less
are the norm. Staffs , stems , threading, pivot polishing ,
turning between centers
and tempering are carried out.
If your interested in being more then a parts changer and
You want to run with the bad
dogs then get good with a graver "
To See Photos of the Class Click here.
Micro Mechanics is actually starting from scratch and making
tools and working watch parts. 'Sound tough? , Well it can be at
times. If You are first grounded in the proper techniques of fine
metal working Your chances of success are much better. Crude
actions such as hammer, twist and bend must evolve to become form
, shape and fashion. It is an art.
Click the photo to enlarge.
Electronic watches namely Quartz
in all the different forms are
presented. State of the art timing equipment and an extensive
inventory of movements and technical information assures that
training in this rapidly changing area of the business stays
current. Accutrons are offered as an elective. TIJT is the only
school that can still offer training for all facets of tuning fork movements both American
and Swiss. Sure they are hard to come by, that is all the more reason to
learn to repair them....they are collectible !
To date the most popular course of study
has been the
Horology Certificate Program
Students may also elect to earn an Associate in
Applied Science in Horology by taking additional
the Horology Certificate Program and
the A.A.S. Degree in Horology can
both be completed in 16 months.
Students must take and pass one of the accepted Texas Success Initiative Exams TSI
THEA, ACCUPLACER, COMPASS and ASSET are accepted
Paris Junior College uses THEA and ACCUPLACER
as part of the requirements for the
Horology Associate Degree Program
Certificate of Completion in Horology
Simply put, the THEA is an assessment of an individuals reading comprehension and writing skills and preparedness to enter college algebra and freshman English . This does not mean that students have to take
algebra and English to attend Horology classes, they just must have the college entry level skills.
There are a number of exceptions to this policy and it would be highly advised to speak with the course instructor
before registration to see if You are exempt.
~ Admission is subject to available space and equipment ~
As a side note, in Switzerland and much of Europe training for
entry level Watchmakers can last as much as 4 years
So be advised " There is no fast/easy way to learn this
It is time well spent though as the job market for Watchmakers is fantastic.
Tools for the Horology Program:
The cost of
hand tools in Spring 2016 is $1588.00 U.S.
This is a one time purchase and the tools will be owned by the student and used through out the entire program.
The tool kit must be purchased through Paris Junior College when a student begins the program.
Tuition is based on residency status for 12
In District =$918.00 ~ Out-of -District =$1458.00 ~ Out-of-State =$2058.00
Lab and Instructional Fee - total = $96.00
Per Semester Credit Hour Fee - total = $480.00
All courses are done in residence at the
Applied Science Complex on the Campus of Paris Junior College in
Paris ,Texas. Enrollment for all courses is in Fall, Spring and
Summer. Classes meet Monday thru Thursday 8:00A.M. to
4:30P.M. during Fall and Spring and 7:30A.M. to 5:00P.M. in Summer.
Housing and area cost of living rank as some of the
most affordable in the nation according to a alpha dollar
comparison done by Coldwell Banker. Recently Paris was named one
of the top 100 small towns in America!
Paris Junior College is
proud to be a part of :
The American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute
Research and Education Council
The Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology
Junior College is a member of and is the Official
Test Site of
Bench Jeweler Certification for Jewelers
" You'll like what
You see and hear at Paris Junior College "
Information ??? contact Frank W. Poye Instructor
~ Or ~
Phone 903 782-0361
Fax 903 782-0452
2400 Clarksville St.
Paris, Texas 75460
To See The list of Required Courses Click here.
To See Recent Photos of the Class Click here.
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