Mechanical Assembler Salary, Training & Job Requirements
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Mechanical Assembler Salary, Training & Job Requirements

Mechanical assembler are employed in a wide range industries and earn minimum wage to over $20 per hour. The education and training required to get a job as an assembler varies from nothing more than a high school diploma for an entry level position to a degree and several years experience for the advanced positions.

Mechanical assemblers work in many differen industries with the majority of mechanical assemblers working in a production line environment. The rate of pay for mechanical assemblers range from minimum wage to $20.76 per hour on average. Pay rate varies by industry, the work performed, employee's age and by experience. The yearly income for a mechanical assembler ranges from $15000 to $43,100.

Training Required for Entry Level Positions.

Most entry level positions require nothing more than a high-school diploma but most new hires have a vocational/trade school certificate and 3 in 10 have a community college certificate, diploma or an associate degree. The courses that one takes in high school is also significant with mathematic, mechanical drawing, industrial arts and English being the crucial ones.

Mechanical drawing courses are valuable because all mechanical assembler positions requires the ability to read and interpret blueprints, mechanical drawings and, in some cases, electrical schematics. Mastering English courses are essential because all mechanical assemblers have to be able to read, comprehend and follow written instructions. Mathematics is essential because the mechanical assembler must be able to take accurate measurement using a variety of measurement tool. Mathematics is essential because they must translate those measurements from one system of measurements to another i.e. English to metric. Industrial arts are crucial for many reasons with improving ones manual dexterity at the top of the list. All applicants for assembler positions are tested for their manual dexterity.

On the Job Training

Almost all entry level new hires receive some form of on the job training on the product that they will be assembling. New hires for more advanced positions are expected to have knowledge of how the product is assembled. They will receive OJT on the advanced techniques required of the position. Qquality control (QC) employees will be instructed in the proper use of any test equipment.

Job Requirements

The job requirements will vary depending on the position held by the assembler. A mechanical assembler working on an assembly line will be required to perform just one task or a small number of tasks. He will perform those tasks on each product as it passes his or her station on the assembly line. A mechanical assembler working for a custom design firm will be required to assemble the complete product from its individual components. An assemble working in the latter environment requires a wider range of knowledge and skills than an assembler working on a production line. The job requirements will be delineated in the job description provided with the application.

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