Product assemblers put together components and subassemblies that go into the production of metal products, electrical and electronic equipment, joinery products, jewellery and precious metal articles.
You can work as a product assembler without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. You can also become a product assembler through a traineeship in Electronic Assembly, Process Manufacturing, Engineering - Production Technology or Computer Assembly and Repair. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
Product assemblers may perform the following tasks:
Product assemblers work in factories and workshops usually under close supervision. Working conditions can be noisy and they may be required to stand for long periods while performing repetitive work. Factories will often rotate their staff so that they are not doing the same task for too long and so that staff are multiskilled across production operations.
Product assemblers are employed by a wide range of manufacturing and processing companies in metropolitan areas and larger country towns.
A computer assembly technician builds computers from component parts, including circuit boards, disk drives, cables and switches.
An electric and electronic goods assembler joins parts and wires, manually or using simple tools, to assemble switchboards, light switches, heaters, car audio systems, telecommunications systems and other electrical and electronic equipment.
A machinery assembler joins metal parts together to assemble machines.
A metal goods assembler operates automatic or semi-automatic machines or machine tools to assemble hinges, door handles and other metal products.
A process worker assembles components and performs production line operations and other manual duties in factories.