Assemblers take various parts of products and items and puts them together. One might work on assembling one set of components or work on the finished product. What you assemble depends on your specialty and what your company manufactures, so assembler jobs can be easy or incredibly complicated. Sometimes the work is done by hand, with robots and computers, or other devices that make the assembly process faster and more precise.


Average Hourly Earnings



High school diploma


  • Study assembly instructions, blueprint specifications, and parts lists; gather parts, subassemblies, tools, and materials
  • Positions parts and subassemblies using templates or reading measurements
  • Verify specifications by measuring completed component
  • Keep equipment operational by completing preventive maintenance requirements; following manufacturer's instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; calling for repairs
  • Maintain safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations
  • Maintain inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level; anticipating needed supplies; placing and expediting orders for supplies; verifying receipt of supplies
  • Document actions by completing production and quality forms

Work Environment

Assemblers commonly work indoors in climate-controlled air temperatures. They spend a fair amount of time standing and making repetitive motions. To remain healthy in this work setting, workers must frequently wear common protective or safety equipment. Workdays sometimes include face-to-face discussions. Many assemblers work full time.

Key Traits

Conventional. Often involves following set procedures and routines. May include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually have a clear line of authority to follow.