OSU Institute of Technology’s world-class Watchmaking and Microtechnology program was featured in the May issue of Oklahoma Magazine, detailing its history, rigorous curriculum and outstanding career placement.
Since 1946, OSUIT’s program has trained individuals in the fine art of watchmaking and watch repair. It has grown from a program designed to help returning, and often injured, World War II veterans find employment to one of only two schools in the country offering an Associate Degree of Applied Science and certification from the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute.
The admissions process into the program is extensive and the curriculum designed with direct involvement from the private sector to ensure a seamless classroom to career transition.
Famed watchmaker, Rolex, has sponsored the program since 2008, providing the most modern equipment and tools as well as employment opportunities for many graduates. Other sponsors have included luxury manufacturers Richemont and Breitling, adding to the program’s prestige and respect.
“There’s a huge demand for high-end watchmakers,” says Anita Gordy-Watkins, vice president of Institutional Advancement. “It used to be that our students went to work in service centers, but now more and more the retail sector wants watchmakers on site to help them sell their timepieces.”