2017 Assemblers and Fabricators
Median Pay: US$30,080
Entry Level: High school diploma or equivalent
Summary
Assemblers and fabricators assemble finished products and the parts that go into them. They use tools, machines, and their hands to make engines, computers, aircraft, ships, boats, toys, electronic devices, control panels, and more.
Duties

Assemblers and fabricators typically do the following:

  • Read and understand schematics and blueprints
  • Use hand tools or machines to assemble parts
  • Conduct quality control checks
  • Work closely with designers and engineers in product development

Assemblers and fabricators have an important role in the manufacturing process. They assemble both finished products and the pieces that go into them. The products encompass a full range of manufactured goods, including aircraft, toys, household appliances, automobiles, computers, and electronic devices.

Changes in technology have transformed the manufacturing and assembly process. Modern manufacturing systems use robots, computers, programmable motion-control devices, and various sensing technologies. These technological changes affect the way in which goods are made and the jobs of those who make them. Advanced assemblers must be able to work with these new technologies and use them to manufacture goods.

The job of an assembler or fabricator requires a range of knowledge and skills. Skilled assemblers putting together complex machines, for example, read detailed schematics that show how to assemble the machine. After determining how parts should connect, they use hand or power tools to trim, shim, cut, and make other adjustments to fit components together. Once the parts are properly aligned, they connect them with bolts and screws or weld or solder pieces together.

Quality control is important throughout the assembly process, so assemblers look for faulty components and mistakes in the assembly process. They help fix problems before defective products are made.

Manufacturing techniques are moving away from traditional assembly line systems toward lean manufacturing systems, which use teams of workers to produce entire products or components. Lean manufacturing has changed the nature of the assemblers' duties.

It has become more common to involve assemblers and fabricators in product development. Designers and engineers consult manufacturing workers during the design stage to improve product reliability and manufacturing efficiency. Some experienced assemblers work with designers and engineers to build prototypes or test products.

Although most assemblers and fabricators are classified as team assemblers, others specialize in producing one type of product or perform the same or similar tasks throughout the assembly process.

The following are examples of types of assemblers and fabricators:

Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers fit, fasten, and install parts of airplanes, space vehicles, or missiles, such as the wings, fuselage, landing gear, rigging and control equipment, and heating and ventilating systems.

Coil winders, tapers, and finishers wind wire coils of electrical components used in a variety of electric and electronic products, including resistors, transformers, generators, and electric motors.

Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers build products such as electric motors, computers, electronic control devices, and sensing equipment. Automated systems have been put in place because many small electronic parts are too small or fragile for human assembly. Much of the remaining work of electrical and electronic assemblers is done by hand during the small-scale production of electronic devices used in all types of aircraft, military systems, and medical equipment. Production by hand requires these workers to use devices such as soldering irons.

Electromechanical equipment assemblers assemble and modify electromechanical devices such as household appliances, computer tomography scanners, or vending machines. The workers use a variety of tools, such as rulers, rivet guns, and soldering irons.

Engine and machine assemblers construct, assemble, and rebuild engines, turbines, and machines used in automobiles, construction and mining equipment, and power generators.

Structural metal fabricators and fitters cut, align, and fit together structural metal parts and may help weld or rivet the parts together.

Fiberglass laminators and fabricators laminate layers of fiberglass on molds to form boat decks and hulls, bodies for golf carts, automobiles, and other products.

Team assemblers work on an assembly line, but they rotate through different tasks, rather than specializing in a single task. The team may decide how the work is assigned and how different tasks are done. Some aspects of lean production, such as rotating tasks and seeking worker input on improving the assembly process, are common to all assembly and fabrication occupations.

Timing device assemblers, adjusters, and calibrators do precision assembling or adjusting of timing devices within very narrow tolerances.

Component Assembler - 2nd Shift - Monday - Friday - 3:30 PM - Midnight.

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Nidec is the world's No.1 comprehensive motor manufacturer handling "everything that spins and moves", miniature to gigantic. Nidec is a global enterprise comprised of over 300 subsidiaries/affiliates. We are a leading manufacturer of commercial motors, industrial motors, appliance...
Apply Share

Packaging R&D Intern

Type: Internship
Job DescriptionJob DescriptionMicroelectronic Packaging Engineers provide project management, package design/development and sustaining support for integrated circuit or semiconductor assemblies, various other electronic components and/or completed units. Responsible for the thermal/mechanical/...
Apply Share
Phoenix, AZ

Assembler - Third Shift

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
For over 125 years, OPW has led the way in designing and manufacturing world-class retail fueling, fluid handling and car wash system solutions for the safe and efficient handling and distribution of fuels and critical fluids. OPW makes above ground and below ground products for both conventional,...
Apply Share
OPW
Lebanon, OH

Mechanical Assembler - Apprenticeship

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Federal, based in Waukesha, WI, designs and manufactures rinsing, filling, capping and cleaning systems for a wide range of free-flowing liquids. Federal is a division of Pro Mach, a leading provider of integrated packaging and processing solutions for over 20,000 customers worldwide. Through...
Apply Share

Mechanical Assembler - Apprenticeship

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Federal, based in Waukesha, WI, designs and manufactures rinsing, filling, capping and cleaning systems for a wide range of free-flowing liquids. Federal is a division of Pro Mach, a leading provider of integrated packaging and processing solutions for over 20,000 customers worldwide. Through...
Apply Share
Waukesha, WI

Registered Nurse (RN) - New Graduate

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Mechanical AssemblerCONMED is a leader in medical technology. We empower healthcare providers worldwide to deliver exceptional outcomes for patients. If you are committed to making a difference and delivering exceptional results, you'll find a group of people here that shares your passion for...
Apply Share

Manufacturing Technician

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Please read the entire job description before applying-this is NOT an Assembler/Operator position.Responsible for providing manufacturing line support by clarifying or revising procedures and addressing technical problems as needed.Duties and Responsibilities: (nothing in this job description...
Apply Share

Assembler - Elements - 3rd Shift-IND000851

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Third Shift Schedule: 10:45 PM to 6:15 AM
Apply Share
New Port Richey, FL

MN-Assembler II

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Join our global, team-oriented organization as our new Assembler II in our Minocqua, WI office where the work is interesting and the days are filled with exciting, new types of projects for a wide variety of clients.If you have a cell phone, drive a car, listen to music, or had an MRI scan, chances...
Apply Share

Assembler - Elements - 3rd Shift-IND000830

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Third Shift Schedule: 10:30 PM to 6:30 AM
Apply Share
New Port Richey, FL

Assembler - Rigimesh - 1st shift

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Assembler - Rigimesh - 1st shift - IND000829
Apply Share
New Port Richey, FL

Assembler - Rigimesh - 1st shift-IND000829

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
First Shift Schedule: 6:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Apply Share
New Port Richey, FL

Assembler - Elements - 2nd

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Assembler - Elements - 2nd - IND000832
Apply Share
New Port Richey, FL

Assembler - Elements - 2nd Shift

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Assembler - Elements - 2nd Shift - IND000822
Apply Share
New Port Richey, FL

Assembler - Elements - 1st Shift

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Assembler - Elements - 1st Shift - IND000776
Apply Share
New Port Richey, FL

Assembler/Operator

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
$17.50 an hourOVERVIEW:Position: Assembler/OperatorShift: Day w/ 4x10's and 5x8 shifts availableHours: We can be somewhat flexible here (most operators start early in the morning and leave in the early afternoon)Overtime: Frequent opportunities for overtime (extended hours/weekends)Pay: Starts...
Apply Share
Snoqualmie, WA

Intern - Ops

Type: Internship
Job Description:Perform tasks related to various operations and assembly procedures. Shadow experienced assemblers to learn the computer assembly process. The successful candidate should be able to work four hours a day and perform assembly tasks. Lifting up to 45 lbs. may be required.AAP/EEO/...
Apply Share

Mechanical Assembler

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Belvac is the world leader in the design and production of continuous motion rotary machinery. We provide beverage canmakers with high-speed trimming, necking, base reprofiling and reforming, shaping, bottom rim coating, flanging and inspection technology. Over the years, we have been responsible...
Apply Share
Lynchburg, VA

INTERN, MANUFACTURING ENGINEER

Type: Internship
Defense contractor involved with product development and manufacturing of various systems for military aerospace and vehicles in the Los Angeles International Airport area is searching for a Manufacturing Engineer Intern. With a 50+ year foundation, The Marvin Group supports all branches of the...
Apply Share

Mechanical Engineering Internship/Co-op (July - December 2019)

Type: Internship
The Electronic Systems' Hardware Engineering Department is seeking candidates interested in extended mechanical engineering internships (approximately July through December 2019) supporting all aspects of the engineering development and manufacturing lifecycle. At BAE Systems, we deliver a...
Apply Share