How to become a Product Assembler

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.

Personal requirements of a Product Assembler

  • Enjoy practical and manual activities
  • Careful and patient
  • Good eyesight (may be corrected)
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Able to carry out repetitive tasks quickly and methodically
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Able to read and follow instructions
  • Safety-conscious

Education & Training for a Product Assembler

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. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Duties & Tasks of a Product Assembler

Product assemblers:

  • locate, position and secure components on workbenches
  • punch and drill mounting holes in parts and assembled products
  • assemble and secure components in sequence
  • assemble parts by nailing, screwing, gluing and pinning, riveting, soldering and spot welding components
  • fit hardware items, such as hinges, catches and knobs, to parts
  • attach and fasten jewellery parts to fabricate bracelets, necklaces, brooches and earrings
  • remove raised edges and finish items using files, grinding wheels and emery paper
  • check products to identify and reject defective items
  • work under instruction from leading hands or supervisors
  • pack products into boxes and stack onto pallets
  • operate automatic and semi-automatic machinery and tools, such as conveyor belts, bottling machines or soldering irons
  • manually wind light electrical field coils.

Working conditions for a Product Assembler

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.

Employment Opportunities for a Product Assembler

Product assemblers are employed by a wide range of manufacturing and processing companies in metropolitan areas and larger country towns.

Avg. weekly wage:

$999

Future growth:

Stable

Employment by state:

ACT ACT 2.4%

NSW NSW 38.9%

NT NT 0.6%

QLD QLD 11.4%

SA SA 9.6%

TAS TAS 2.5%

VIC VIC 22.6%

WA WA 11.8%

Hours worked:

39

Unemployment:

Higher unemployment

Gender split:

Male 71.3%

Female 28.7%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 9.7%

Not completed Year 12: 30.8%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 18.2%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 13.8%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 14.2%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 7.3%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 6.1%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 7.7%

20-24 - 9%

25-34 - 26.1%

35-44 - 23.6%

45-54 - 17%

55-59 - 4.7%

60-64 - 10.2%

65 and Over - 1.7%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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