Assemblers putting a computer together

What is an Assembly Technician?

Assembly technicians, also called team assemblers or fabricators, are manufacturing workers who use tools, machines and their hands to put together components on products like cars, aircraft and computers. They often work in teams, rotating through different smaller tasks, and when demand is down and some are laid off, the remaining assembly technicians take over a larger variety of tasks. Assembly technicians may also spot defective parts, advise engineers and designers about the length of time needed to perform a certain assembly and decide how tasks should be distributed. Working conditions vary by industry; some workers deal with high levels of grease, harmful chemicals and noise, but some electro-mechanical assemblers work in factories that must be kept exceptionally clean and dust from assemblies.

Job Skills

Manual dexterity, physical strength, great color vision, problem-solving ability.

Educational Requirements

Most assembly technician applicants need a high school diploma or a GED. Although minimum job requirements depend greatly on the products that will be assembled and the particular employer, almost all assembly jobs value experience and require on-the-job training. Specialized jobs in electrical, aircraft or auto assembly fields may require more experience. Formal training programs can be found through employee-sponsored classrooms, vocational schools or community colleges. Helpful post-secondary courses include English, computers and computer-aided design.