Machine assemblers use tools and machines to build, assemble and reconstruct a variety of industrial products, including engines, turbines, aircraft and other equipment utilised in paper manufacturing, construction or textiles industries. They put together finished products and the pieces that go inside every item, requiring extensive reading of instructions, manuals and blueprints provided by the manufacturer.
Standard business hours
As a machine assembler, you will complete a typical 40-hour workweek, with some opportunity for overtime in evenings or on weekends. Most machine assemblers work in manufacturing facilities, requiring enough physical stamina to endure long periods of standing or sitting.
Annual salary estimates are based on percentile wage data collected through the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey of US workers.
DVM / VMD degree
To become a machine assembler, you will typically only need a high school diploma. However, in an industry that has become fiercely competitive with foreign markets and automation, some employers will hire candidates with experience or require employees to obtain additional training for advanced assembly work. Of course, preference will be given to applicants who possess an education – diploma or coursework – in subjects related to engineering, technology or physics.
Machine assemblers will need to complete several years of work experience before being considered for a promotion. Most machine assemblers will climb the ranks by advancing to the position of supervisor or manager. With the right education and sufficient productivity levels, some machine assemblers could get transferred to a more white-collar position.