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Working As A Manufacturing Assembler

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $25,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Manufacturing Assembler Do

Assemblers and fabricators assemble finished products and the parts that go into them. They use tools, machines, and their hands to make engines, computers, aircraft, ships, boats, toys, electronic devices, control panels, and more.

Duties

Assemblers and fabricators typically do the following:

  • Read and understand schematics and blueprints
  • Use hand tools or machines to assemble parts
  • Conduct quality control checks
  • Work closely with designers and engineers in product development

Assemblers and fabricators have an important role in the manufacturing process. They assemble both finished products and the pieces that go into them. The products encompass a full range of manufactured goods, including aircraft, toys, household appliances, automobiles, computers, and electronic devices.

Changes in technology have transformed the manufacturing and assembly process. Modern manufacturing systems use robots, computers, programmable motion-control devices, and various sensing technologies. These technological changes affect the way in which goods are made and the jobs of those who make them. Advanced assemblers must be able to work with these new technologies and use them to manufacture goods.

The job of an assembler or fabricator requires a range of knowledge and skills. Skilled assemblers putting together complex machines, for example, read detailed schematics that show how to assemble the machine. After determining how parts should connect, they use hand or power tools to trim, shim, cut, and make other adjustments to fit components together. Once the parts are properly aligned, they connect them with bolts and screws or weld or solder pieces together.

Quality control is important throughout the assembly process, so assemblers look for faulty components and mistakes in the assembly process. They help fix problems before defective products are made.

Manufacturing techniques are moving away from traditional assembly line systems toward lean manufacturing systems, which use teams of workers to produce entire products or components. Lean manufacturing has changed the nature of the assemblers’ duties.

It has become more common to involve assemblers and fabricators in product development. Designers and engineers consult manufacturing workers during the design stage to improve product reliability and manufacturing efficiency. Some experienced assemblers work with designers and engineers to build prototypes or test products.

Although most assemblers and fabricators are classified as team assemblers, others specialize in producing one type of product or perform the same or similar tasks throughout the assembly process.

The following are examples of types of assemblers and fabricators:

Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers fit, fasten, and install parts of airplanes, space vehicles, or missiles, such as the wings, fuselage, landing gear, rigging and control equipment, and heating and ventilating systems.

Coil winders, tapers, and finishers wind wire coils of electrical components used in a variety of electric and electronic products, including resistors, transformers, generators, and electric motors.

Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers build products such as electric motors, computers, electronic control devices, and sensing equipment. Automated systems have been put in place because many small electronic parts are too small or fragile for human assembly. Much of the remaining work of electrical and electronic assemblers is done by hand during the small-scale production of electronic devices used in all types of aircraft, military systems, and medical equipment. Production by hand requires these workers to use devices such as soldering irons.

Electromechanical equipment assemblers assemble and modify electromechanical devices such as household appliances, computer tomography scanners, or vending machines. The workers use a variety of tools, such as rulers, rivet guns, and soldering irons.

Engine and machine assemblers construct, assemble, and rebuild engines, turbines, and machines used in automobiles, construction and mining equipment, and power generators.

Structural metal fabricators and fitters cut, align, and fit together structural metal parts and may help weld or rivet the parts together.

Fiberglass laminators and fabricators laminate layers of fiberglass on molds to form boat decks and hulls, bodies for golf carts, automobiles, and other products.

Team assemblers work on an assembly line, but they rotate through different tasks, rather than specializing in a single task. The team may decide how the work is assigned and how different tasks are done. Some aspects of lean production, such as rotating tasks and seeking worker input on improving the assembly process, are common to all assembly and fabrication occupations.

Timing device assemblers, adjusters, and calibrators do precision assembling or adjusting of timing devices within very narrow tolerances.

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How To Become A Manufacturing Assembler

The education level and qualifications needed to enter these jobs vary depending on the industry and employer. Although a high school diploma is enough for most jobs, experience and additional training is needed for more advanced assembly work.

Education

Most employers require a high school diploma or the equivalent for assembler and fabricator positions.

Training

Workers usually receive on-the-job training, sometimes including employer-sponsored technical instruction.

Some employers may require specialized training or an associate’s degree for the most skilled assembly and fabrication jobs. For example, jobs with electrical, electronic, and aircraft and motor vehicle products manufacturers typically require more formal education through technical schools. Apprenticeship programs are also available.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) offers the Precision Sheet Metal Operator Certification (PSMO) and the Precision Press Brake Certification (PPB). Although not required, becoming certified can demonstrate competence and professionalism. It also may help a candidate advance in the profession.

In addition, many employers that hire electrical and electronic assembly workers, especially those in the aerospace and defense industries, require certifications in soldering.

Important Qualities

Color vision. Assemblers and fabricators who make electrical and electronic products must be able to distinguish different colors because the wires they work with often are color coded.

Dexterity. Assemblers and fabricators should have a steady hand and good hand-eye coordination, as they must grasp, manipulate, or assemble parts and components that are often very small.

Math skills. Assemblers and fabricators must know basic math and must be able to use computers, as the manufacturing process continues to advance technologically.

Mechanical skills. Modern production systems require assemblers and fabricators to be able to use programmable motion-control devices, computers, and robots on the factory floor.

Physical stamina. Assemblers and fabricators must be able to stand for long periods and perform repetitious work.

Physical strength. Assemblers and fabricators must be strong enough to lift heavy components or pieces of machinery. Some assemblers, such as those in the aerospace industry, must frequently bend or climb ladders when assembling parts.

Technical skills. Assemblers and fabricators must be able to understand technical manuals, blueprints, and schematics for a wide range of products and machines to properly manufacture the final product.

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Manufacturing Assembler Career Paths

Manufacturing Assembler
Assembler Technician Team Leader
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assembler Technician Field Service Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Assembler Technician Shift Supervisor
Production Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Specialist Team Leader
Operation Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Foreman Supervisor
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Foreman Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Inspector Quality Technician Quality Engineer
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Inspector Quality Control Inspector Quality Assurance Technician
Quality Assurance Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Quality Inspector Quality Engineer Quality Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Technician Field Service Technician Project Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Technician Field Service Technician Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Technician Manufacturing Engineer Production Supervisor
Manufacturing Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Coordinator Production Supervisor
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Foreman Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Laboratory Technician Production Supervisor
Quality Control Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Inspector Quality Technician Quality Engineer
Quality Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Inspector Specialist Group Leader
Production Group Leader
5 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Assembler Maintenance Technician Operations Technician
Lead Operator
5 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Assembler Quality Assurance Technician Manufacturing Supervisor
Assembly Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Specialist Human Resources Generalist Senior Human Resources Manager
Director Of Employer Services
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Assembly Operator 3.0 years
Final Assembler 2.7 years
Assembly Associate 2.6 years
Product Assembler 2.3 years
Hands Assembler 2.2 years
Assembler 2.2 years
Medical Assembler 2.0 years
Part Assembler 1.7 years
Assembler/Packager 1.6 years
Top Careers Before Manufacturing Assembler
Cashier 16.3%
Assembler 8.2%
Supervisor 2.7%
Internship 2.7%
Top Careers After Manufacturing Assembler
Assembler 10.7%
Cashier 8.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$25,000
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$21,000
Min 10%
$25,000
Median 50%
$25,000
Median 50%
$25,000
Median 50%
$25,000
Median 50%
$25,000
Median 50%
$25,000
Median 50%
$25,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
BMC Stock Holdings Inc.
Highest Paying City
Danvers, MA
Highest Paying State
Pennsylvania
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Manufacturing Assembler make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Manufacturing Assembler in the United States is $25,044 per year or $12 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $21,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $29,000.

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Top Skills for A Manufacturing Assembler

  1. Small Parts
  2. Final Product
  3. Assembly Line
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Examined internal assembly parts for proper installation of o-rings, square rings and other small parts.
  • Prepared final product for shipping to customer following company and federal guidelines and regulations.
  • Performed product manufacturing tasks on assembly lines to ensure appropriate order of processing.
  • Followed and adhered to all safety procedures, environmental guidelines and company rules and regulations while assembling.
  • Used the following inspection tools: Power tools, hand tools, hammer, tweezers, pliers, wrench, screwdriver.

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Manufacturing Assembler Demographics

Gender

Male

51.9%

Female

35.7%

Unknown

12.5%
Ethnicity

White

60.9%

Hispanic or Latino

18.2%

Black or African American

10.2%

Asian

7.3%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

74.1%

Vietnamese

3.7%

German

3.7%

Hmong

3.7%

Swahili

1.9%

Portuguese

1.9%

Khmer

1.9%

Dutch

1.9%

French

1.9%

Gujarati

1.9%

Cheyenne

1.9%

Hindi

1.9%
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Manufacturing Assembler Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.3%

Kaplan University

10.2%

The Academy

6.1%

Quinsigamond Community College

5.1%

A-Technical College

5.1%

Anoka Technical College

5.1%

Central State University

5.1%

Gateway Technical College

5.1%

Trident Technical College

4.1%

Tri-County Technical College

4.1%

Houston Community College

4.1%

Hennepin Technical College

4.1%

San Diego City College

4.1%

Ventura College

4.1%

ITT Technical Institute-Charlotte North

3.1%

Brevard Community College

3.1%

Huertas College

3.1%

Columbus State Community College

3.1%

Wilmington University

3.1%

Michigan State University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

26.1%

General Studies

8.0%

Electrical Engineering

6.4%

Criminal Justice

5.8%

Health Care Administration

4.9%

Nursing

4.7%

Medical Assisting Services

4.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.7%

Automotive Technology

3.7%

Computer Science

3.5%

Management

3.3%

Drafting And Design

3.1%

Elementary Education

3.1%

Information Technology

3.1%

Precision Metal Working

2.9%

Psychology

2.9%

Biology

2.7%

Accounting

2.7%

Mechanical Engineering

2.5%

Industrial Technology

2.3%
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Degrees

Other

40.9%

Associate

22.5%

Bachelors

19.8%

Certificate

8.1%

Diploma

4.5%

Masters

3.3%

License

0.8%

Doctorate

0.1%
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