Summary Guide for Team Assemblers in California
May also be called: Assembly Line Workers; Assembly Operators; Assembly Technicians; Production Line Workers
What Would I Do?
From airplanes to iPods to solar panels, Team Assemblers* play an important role in the manufacturing process. They work as part of a team having responsibility for assembling an entire product or component of a product. Team Assemblers rotate through most of the tasks in the assembly process, rather than being assigned to a specific task on a permanent basis.
The job of a Team Assembler ranges from very easy to very complicated tasks requiring a wide range of skills and knowledge. After determining how parts should connect, they use hand or power tools to trim, cut, and make other adjustments to fit components together and align them properly.
Working conditions for Assemblers differ by industry, employer, and product. Some Assemblers stand most of the time while other Assemblers work seated at benches. Kneeling, stooping, and crawling may be necessary in some Assembler jobs. Most Assemblers work a 40-hour week. However, shift work and overtime are common at some companies.
Green Economy: Team Assemblers will likely play an important role in the emerging Green Economy. They will assist with the production of energy efficient products. However, it should not lead to significant changes in the work or worker requirements.
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Will This Job Fit Me?
The job of Team Assembler will appeal to those who enjoy work activities involving practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?
Earnings vary by industry, geographic region, skill, educational level, value of the finished product, and complexity of the machinery operated.
The median wage in 2016 for Team Assemblers in California was $27,315 annually, or $13.14 hourly. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.
Benefit packages vary widely from company to company. Team Assemblers generally receive health insurance, a pension plan, vacation, sick leave, and holidays. The type of benefit package is determined by company policy or union contract.
What is the Job Outlook?
Employment of Team Assemblers may be negatively affected by increasing automation and the shift of assembly work to countries with lower labor costs. The majority of job openings will occur due to the need to replace workers who retire, transfer to other occupations, or leave the labor force.
With the increased focus on environmentally friendly products, it is expected that there may be increased opportunities for Team Assemblers. However like many occupations, employment is sensitive to fluctuations in the economy.
How Do I Qualify?
Most employers prefer to hire applicants with a high school diploma or equivalent. However, the most highly skilled assembly jobs may require specialized training or an associate degree.
Finding a Job
Direct application to employers remains one of the most effective job search methods. Jobs may also be found through registration with temporary employment agencies and through classified advertisements in newspapers, trade publications, and Internet job listings. Online job opening systems include JobCentral at www.jobcentral.com and CalJOBSSM at www.caljobs.ca.gov.
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