Assemblers in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Check products at different stages of production for visual defects and faulty electrical and mechanical connections, or operate automatic or other testing equipment to ensure product quality
B. Identify and mark acceptable and defective assemblies and return faulty assemblies to production for repair
C. Collect, record and summarize inspection results.
D. Assemble prefabricated parts on an assembly line, or at work benches using screw guns and other hand and power tools
E. Assemble small and large household electrical appliances such as coffeemakers, toasters, vacuum cleaners, lawnmowers, refrigerators and dishwashers
F. Assemble small transformers, small electrical motors and transmissions used in appliances or other electrical products
G. Assemble circuit breakers, switches or other electrical control equipment and position and fasten components such as springs, toggles or other parts into assembly casings
H. Wind coils and armatures for small electric motors and transformers
I. Perform minor repairs to products rejected from production assembly line
J. Set up assembly line with materials and supplies required for production, and set up and adjust production tools.
1. Electrical equipment appliance and component manufacturing - 56.0%
2. Machinery manufacturing - 13.0%
3. Computer and electronic product manufacturing - 7.0%
4. Miscellaneous manufacturing - 5.0%
1. Some secondary school education is usually required.
2. On-the-job training is provided.
3. Inspectors may require experience as an assembler in the same company.
4. Some types of inspectors may require completion of a college program in electronics.
5. Most recent entrants have a trade/vocational certificate.
4. Industrial Arts (Electronics)
The average hourly wages for Assemblers and Inspectors, Electrical Appliance, Apparatus and Equipment Manufacturing is $14.70/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the processing, manufacturing and utilities sector and are close to the average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at a below-average rate from 2002 to 2004.