What does an Assembler do?

Assemblers are highly technical workers with strong engineering backgrounds who receive and conceptualize designs to create a physical model of the desired product. This hands-on role requires workers to understand and utilize complex designs and follow specific design specifications to ensure a product is designed effectively. Many assemblers work in the aerospace industry, although any industry that requires the production of physical products may require and hire assemblers.

Assemblers require a high school diploma or equivalent (such as a G.E.D.) at a minimum. A Bachelor's degree in mechanical or electrical engineering may be preferred for some positions. As this role requires the use of different mechanical equipment, different certificates will be required for most assembler roles. Such certificates can often be obtained through specialized training schools. Assemblers may also need a security clearance to work on government contracts.

What responsibilities are common for Assembler jobs?
  • Receive, read, and understand complex design specifications
  • Collaborate with team members to ensure proper delineation of production roles
  • Assemble various parts and products based on physical and digital designs
  • Operate design machinery and modify machinery settings as needed to meet design specifications
  • Operate power tools and other heavy machinery while following strict safety guidelines
  • Communicate with engineers and design staff to ensure consistency and troubleshoot any issues with designs or production
  • Quickly and effectively detect malfunctions with machinery and inform managers or upper-level staff of issues as they arise
  • Travel to different locations to work with various teams and engineering staff when necessary
What are the typical qualifications for Assembler jobs?
  • Post-secondary degrees, including Associate's or Bachelor's, may be necessary or preferred
  • Additional certifications for industry-specific machinery may be necessary
  • 0-6 years of experience, depending on previous education and current skills
  • Experience working with computer-aided drafting (CAD) software
  • Ability to read and interpret drawings and designs
  • Proven knowledge and experience using drafting tools and machinery
  • Safety-conscious with an extreme respect for established safety guidelines and rules
  • Experience with or willingness to learn production tools and methods
  • Significant mechanical skills and proven attention to detail
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Assembler Salaries

Average Base Pay

$37,918 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$28K
Median: $38K
$52K
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Assembler Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
29%
2 - 4
22%
5 - 7
3%
8+
46%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Assembler Insights

Read what Assembler professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Ajinomoto Bio-Pharma ServicesAjinomoto Bio-Pharma Services
Assembly Technician
Aug 5, 2020

“Seemed like a great company that appreciated us and I enjoyed the people I worked with.”

Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corp.Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corp.
Assembler Technician
Dec 18, 2020

“Good training was lacking in my area because of what I worked on and whom trained me.”

Rocket PharmaRocket Pharma
Manufacturing Technician II
Nov 17, 2021

“Well you have to leave 4 hours early today because there's no overtime allowed.”

Alcatel Submarine NetworksAlcatel Submarine Networks
Assembly Operative
Jul 22, 2021

“High turnover rate which probably isn't good if you want a long term career.”

Ross Display
Assembler I
Jul 30, 2021

“It is a small company in Seattle so not much room for growth career wise.”

MeggittMeggitt
Production Assembler
Feb 24, 2022

“the pay was decent for the town its in but not for the job itself.”

AAONAAON
Assembler/Brazer
Jun 14, 2021

“Employment But It’s People Who’ve Been Fired For Failed Drug Tests Who Came Back 2 Months Later.”

BDBD
Medical Assembly
Jun 24, 2021

“Decent pay and the job it self is good job.”

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