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 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.

Duties & Tasks of a Product Assembler

Product assemblers may perform the following tasks:

  • 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.

Specialisations:


Computer Assembly Technician

A computer assembly technician builds computers from component parts, including circuit boards, disk drives, cables and switches.


Electric and Electronic Goods Assembler

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.


Machinery Assembler

A machinery assembler joins metal parts together to assemble machines.


Metal Goods Assembler

A metal goods assembler operates automatic or semi-automatic machines or machine tools to assemble hinges, door handles and other metal products.


Process Worker

A process worker assembles components and performs production line operations and other manual duties in factories.

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