How to become a Product Assembler

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 for 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.

Tasks

  • Fitting hardware items, such as hinges, catches and knobs, to parts.
  • Assembling parts by nailing, screwing, gluing and dowelling, riveting, crimping, soldering and spot welding components.
  • Deburring and finishing items using files, grinding wheels and emery paper.
  • Locating, positioning and securing components on workbenches.
  • Attaching and fastening jewellery and jewellery parts to fabricate bracelets, necklaces, brooches and earrings.
  • Assembling and securing components in sequence.
  • Punching and drilling mounting holes in parts and assembled products.
  • May 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.


Specializations

Process Worker

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

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.

Computer Assembly Technician

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

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.

  • Average age
    Average age
    44 years
  • Future Growth
    Future Growth
    Moderate
  • Gender Share
    Gender Share
    25% female
  • Average full-time
    Average full-time
    40 hours
  • Weekly Pay
    Weekly Pay
    $963
  • Skill level rating
    Skill level rating
    Entry level
  • Unemployment
    Unemployment
    Higher Unemployment
  • Full-Time Share
    Full-Time Share
    82% Full-Time
  • Employment Size
    Employment Size
    33,800 workers
  • Employment Size
    Employment by state
    ACT: 0.3%
    NSW: 28.8%
    NT: 0.1%
    QLD: 13.7%
    SA: 11.0%
    TAS: 0.7%
    VIC: 40.4%
    WA: 4.9%
  • Employment Size
    Age brackets
    15-19: 3.3%
    20-24: 8.9%
    25-34: 18%
    35-44: 20.6%
    45-54: 26.3%
    55-59: 12.4%
    60-64: 7.7%
    65 and Over: 2.8%
  • Employment Size
    Education level
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma: 6.4%
    Bachelor degree: 7.2%
    Below Year 10: 9.7%
    Certificate III/IV: 20.3%
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 1.5%
    Year 10 and below: 28.3%
    Year 11: 8.8%
    Year 12: 27.4%
    Years 11 & 10: 30.8%
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