A mechanical assembler is a professional who assembles or fabricates mechanical parts, pieces or products. In most cases, this occupation is with a manufacturing organization that produces parts or products that can range from small items to cars and aircraft. Work is often performed in a team environment with other assemblers and quality control professionals.
Most employers require a high school diploma or GED for this occupation. This occupation may require some technical or vocational training depending on the type of product being manufactured, but most employers provide on-the-job training.
These professionals are required to follow directions carefully, so basic reading skills are required to perform the job. Other attributes to be successful as a mechanical assembler include basic technical knowledge, manual dexterity, good eyesight, as well as the ability to perform repetitive tasks.
A mechanical assembler uses a variety of tools and equipment to assemble units according to required specifications in a specific area of a production line. This involves reading and interpreting blueprints, sketches and written instructions to assemble the parts or products. To ensure quality, an assembler also looks for faulty components during the assembly process and may be required to test assembled parts or products to ensure functionality.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics expected a 2 percent decline for these occupations between 2008 and 2018. The decline was expected due to increased productivity through automation, and the overall decline in manufacturing, as well as some manufacturers moving their assembly functions to other countries to cut costs.
Salary can vary for these occupations depending on the type of goods being manufactured and the skills required to assemble different mechanical products. CBSalary.com listed a national average salary of $30,182 per year for these occupations in April 2010.
2016 Salary Information for Assemblers and Fabricators
Assemblers and fabricators earned a median annual salary of $31,150 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, assemblers and fabricators earned a 25th percentile salary of $24,650, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $39,970, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 1,819,300 people were employed in the U.S. as assemblers and fabricators.