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This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as an Assembler. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as an Assembler
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Assembler Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Assembler - An Overview:

• Assemblers fit together items to make finished products or parts of other products.
• They may work at an assembly line conveyor belt, working at the same speed as other assemblers on the line, or work individually at their own pace, sitting or standing at a bench.
• Assemblers follow set assembly instructions.
• Some jobs are simple, whilst others can be complicated and involve working from detailed diagrams.
• Assemblers might use hand tools such as screwdrivers and soldering irons, and simple machinery such as drills or microscopes for very detailed work.

Assemblers usually work 37-40 hours a week, which may include shifts, and nights or weekends. Overtime is often available, which may be compulsory. Part-time work is common. Assemblers work in factories. Some are light and airy but others can be dusty and dirty. An assembler needs to be:

• practical and enjoy using their hands
• nimble-fingered for detailed work
• able to follow instructions and diagrams
• able to do repetitive work quickly and methodically.

Assemblers are employed throughout the UK by all kinds of manufacturing companies. The electrical, electronic and information technology industries are the largest employers. The number of jobs is decreasing as more assembly processes are automated. Whilst no educational qualifications are needed to be an assembler, Key Skills qualifications, GCSEs/S grades or relevant GNVQs/GSVQs are useful.
Promotion is possible to supervisor, chargehand or inspector.

What does the role encounter?

Assemblers fit together items to make finished products or parts of other products. Their activities are broken down into simple tasks that can be done quickly.

Assemblers might be on an assembly line, sitting or standing next to a conveyor belt. They pick up a partly assembled item and fit parts onto it. They then put it back onto the conveyor belt or hand it to the next person on the assembly line, before starting on the next article. They have to work at the same speed as the rest of the assembly line all the time.

Other assemblers do their work sitting or standing at a bench. Batches of items are brought to them to put together. With this kind of assembly work they can set their own speed, although they will still be expected to work at a reasonable pace.

Assemblers have to follow set instructions for putting together products or parts. Jobs vary a lot - some are simple and repetitive, while others can be complicated and involve working from detailed diagrams.

They might use hand tools such as screwdrivers, pliers, tweezers and soldering irons. They may also use simple machinery such as drills or microscopes for very detailed work.

What type of hours will I have to work?

Assemblers usually work 37 to 40 hours a week, although part-time work is common. Patterns of work vary - they might work the same hours each day, or do shifts including weekends or nights. Overtime is often available, which may sometimes be compulsory.

Assemblers work in factories. Some are light and airy but others can be dusty and dirty. Some types of work, such as electronics assembly, must be carried out in totally clean and dust-free conditions. In some industries, they may have to wear protective clothing such as overalls and head covering.

What level of salary and benefits are there?

These figures are purely for guidance only. Salaries may vary for the area the job is situated in, age, experience along with a host of other factors:

Assemblers may get a basic salary or may be paid a 'piece rate' - a set amount for each article assembled.

• New assemblers earn from £9,000 to £12,000 a year.
• Experienced assemblers earn from £11,000 to £14,000.
• Some assemblers earn more than £17,000.

What type of skills will I need?

You will need to have some or all of the following type of skills to carry out this job:

• to enjoy practical work
• to be good with their hands
• to be nimble-fingered if the work is very detailed
• to understand and follow instructions and diagrams
• to work quickly and methodically
• to be willing to do repetitive work
• to be patient
• good powers of concentration
• to be careful, and work neatly and accurately
• to get on with people of all ages and work well in a team.

What type of training will I receive?

When they start work, individuals normally spend the first day or two on induction training. They learn about the company, health and safety, staff welfare and their conditions of employment. Then they learn the actual job - usually an experienced worker will show them what to do. If the work is complicated, they might also do some classroom training to learn about things like identifying components, or how to use the wiring diagrams or check finished items to make sure they are perfect.

On an Apprenticeship or other training scheme, they usually go to college or a training centre on day or block release. Apprenticeships last around two years and Advanced.

Individuals should be able to work for NVQs/SVQs at Levels 1 and 2 in many industries. The subject studied will depend on the sector they are working in. For engineering, it may be Electronic Product Assembly, Engineering Assembly or Engineering Production and Manufacturing Operations, while in the furniture, furnishings and interiors industry, it might be Assembled Furniture Production or Assembled Upholstery Production.

Career Progression:

Promotion is possible to supervisor, chargehand or inspector. Some assembly workers may transfer to other manufacturing work, such as quality control.

Are there similar types of job or related industries?

Yes, this list is not exhaustive but see the following categories:

Cake Decorator
Engineering Operative
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing Worker
Plastics Process Operative
Print Finisher/Bookbinder.

Where can I find further information?

Engineering Careers Information Service, SEMTA, 14 Upton Road, Watford WD18 0JT. 0800 282167. Websites: and

Furniture, Furnishings and Interiors National Training Organisation (FFINTO), 67 Wollaton Road, Beeston, Nottinghamshire NG9 2NG. 0115 9221200. Website:

Other Useful Assembler Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Assembler job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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