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Become A Wood Working Assembler

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Working As A Wood Working Assembler

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Stressful

  • $50,490

    Average Salary

What Does A Wood Working Assembler Do At Defense Logistics Agency

* Ensures work is done properly and efficiently.
* Passes on to workers instructions received from supervisor and, as needed, demonstrates proper work methods.
* Ensures that equipment, materials, tools and/or supplies are fully functional and available when needed.
* Ensures that all workers have enough work and are fully utilized.
* Makes, repairs, and installs storage and shipping items such as boxes, small crates, pallets, dividers, assorted skids and storage bins using wood, wood composites and substitutes, steel bracing, and appropriate packing materials.
* Spot checks completed work for compliance with supervisor's instructions on work sequence, procedures, methods, and deadlines.
* Works from local process specifications, blueprints, sketches, drawings, or from written or verbal instructions, in manufacturing wood crates, boxes and skids.
* Determines requirements for special jobs, such as selecting materials, designing boxes, crates, etc., including trusses, bracing, strapping and construction of necessary containers, packing, labeling and preparing items for shipment or storage.
* Uses proper handling equipment for transfer and provides necessary cleanup of work site.
* Physical Effort:
* The wood worker uses power and manual tools while performing repetitive, tiring work for long periods of time.
* Frequent standing, bending, stooping, reaching, and arm movement is required.
* Sometimes works in cramped or awkward positions.
* The work requires continuous lifting, carrying, and using tools and materials that weigh up to 60 pounds.
* Sometimes heavier weights are lifted and moved with the assistance of others or lifting devices such as floor hoists or cranes

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How To Become A Wood Working Assembler

Although most ironworkers learn through an apprenticeship, some learn on the job. Certifications in welding, rigging, and signaling can be helpful for new entrants.

Education

A high school diploma or equivalent is generally required. Courses in math, as well as training in vocational subjects such as blueprint reading and welding, can be particularly useful.

Training

Most ironworkers learn their trade through a 3- or 4-year apprenticeship. For each year of the program, apprentices must have at least 144 hours of related technical training and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training. Nearly all apprenticeship programs teach both reinforcing and structural ironworking. On the job, apprentices learn to use the tools and equipment of the trade; handle, measure, cut, and lay rebar; and construct metal frameworks. In technical training, they are taught mathematics, blueprint reading and sketching, general construction techniques, safety practices, and first aid.

A few groups, including unions and contractor associations, sponsor apprenticeship programs. Some programs have preferred entry for veterans. The basic qualifications required for entering an apprenticeship program are as follows:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Physical ability to perform the work
  • Pass substance abuse screening

After completing an apprenticeship program, they are considered to be journeymen who perform tasks without direct supervision.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certifications in welding, rigging, and crane signaling may increase a worker’s usefulness on the jobsite and result in higher pay. Many ironworkers become welders certified by the American Welding Society. Several organizations offer rigging certifications, including the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, and the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO).

Important Qualities

Balance. Ironworkers often walk on narrow beams, so a good sense of balance is important to keep them from falling while doing their job.

Depth perception. Ironworkers must be able to judge the distance between objects and themselves in order to work safely. Ironworkers often signal crane operators who move beams and bundles of rebar.

Hand-eye coordination. Ironworkers must be able to tie rebar together quickly and precisely. An experienced worker can tie rebar together in seconds and move on to the next spot; a beginner may take much longer.

Physical stamina. Ironworkers must have physical endurance because they spend many hours performing physically demanding tasks, such as moving rebar, each day.

Physical strength. Ironworkers must be strong enough to guide heavy beams into place and tighten bolts.

Unafraid of heights. Ironworkers must not be afraid to work at great heights. For example, as they erect skyscrapers, workers must walk on narrow beams—sometimes over 50 stories high—while connecting girders.

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Wood Working Assembler Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    82.7%
  • Female

    16.0%
  • Unknown

    1.4%

Ethnicity

  • White

    82.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    11.4%
  • Asian

    5.1%
  • Unknown

    1.1%
  • Black or African American

    0.4%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    66.7%
  • German

    4.8%
  • Japanese

    4.8%
  • Venetian

    4.8%
  • Carrier

    4.8%
  • Hmong

    4.8%
  • Thai

    4.8%
  • Italian

    4.8%
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Top Skills for A Wood Working Assembler

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Top Wood Working Assembler Skills

  1. Custom Cabinets
  2. Custom Furniture
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Build and install custom cabinets to residential and business customers
  • Build and install custom furniture * Provide work estimates and material costs * Shipping / receiving / maintenance
  • -Developed wonderful customer service skills, along with great communication skills.
  • Worked independently on repairs and custom French Light style cabinet doors.
  • Use hand tools to trim pieces or assemble products.

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