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51-2023.00 - Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers

Assemble or modify electromechanical equipment or devices, such as servomechanisms, gyros, dynamometers, magnetic drums, tape drives, brakes, control linkage, actuators, and appliances.

Sample of reported job titles: Assembler, Assembly Line Worker, Electrical Assembler, Electromechanical Assembler, Electromechanical Equipment Assembler, Electronic Assembler, Electronic Technician, Electronics Assembler, Mechanical Assembler, Wiring Technician

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • Inspect, test, and adjust completed units to ensure that units meet specifications, tolerances, and customer order requirements. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assemble parts or units, and position, align, and fasten units to assemblies, subassemblies, or frames, using hand tools and power tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Position, align, and adjust parts for proper fit and assembly. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Connect cables, tubes, and wiring, according to specifications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Attach name plates and mark identifying information on parts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Read blueprints and specifications to determine component parts and assembly sequences of electromechanical units. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Disassemble units to replace parts or to crate them for shipping. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Measure parts to determine tolerances, using precision measuring instruments such as micrometers, calipers, and verniers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean and lubricate parts and subassemblies, using grease paddles or oilcans. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Drill, tap, ream, countersink, and spot-face bolt holes in parts, using drill presses and portable power drills. See more occupations related to this task.
  • File, lap, and buff parts to fit, using hand and power tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Pack or fold insulation between panels. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate or tend automated assembling equipment, such as robotics and fixed automation equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate small cranes to transport or position large parts. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Bench vises — Workshop bench vises See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Binocular light compound microscopes — Inspection microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • C clamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calipers — Digital calipers; Vernier calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chalk lines — Chalk line markers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Circuit tester — Test lights See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Claw hammer — Claw hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cold chisels — Metal chisels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Combination pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Combination wrenches — Multipurpose wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drill press or radial drill — Magnetic drill presses; Punch presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dynamometers — Digital dynamometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic actuators — Dynamic actuators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flat hand file — Flat hand-held files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grease guns — Grease paddles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gyroscopic instruments — Gyroscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand reamer — Hand reamers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Height gauges — Vernier height gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoists — Chain falls; Electric hoists See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydraulic press brake — Power brakes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Levels — Precision levels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Manual press brake — Cornice brakes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Micrometers — Digital micrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Miscellaneous assembly machines — Component insertion machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multimeters — Multifunction digital multimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oscilloscopes — Digital oscilloscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Plumb bobs — Plumb lines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Positioning jig — Workpiece positioning jigs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power buffers — Buffing wheels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills — Portable power drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power grinders — Handheld grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power sanders — Electric sanders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws — Metal-cutting bandsaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pullers — Comealongs; Nail pullers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rasps — Grinding rasps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ratchets — Locking ratchet wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rivet tools — Pneumatic riveters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rulers — Precision rulers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Straight screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shears — Metal shears See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sledge hammer — Sledgehammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Socket sets — Socket wrench sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Soldering iron — Electric soldering irons See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Specialty assembly — Wire-routing tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spot welding machine — Spot welding tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Squares — Optical squares See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Temperature cycle chamber — Temperature testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Threading taps — Pipe taps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Torque wrenches — Torque drivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wedges — Steel wedges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire brushes — Electric rotary wire brushes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire cutters — Wire cutting tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire lug crimping tool — Hydraulic crimpers See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Blueprint display software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Time accounting software — Timekeeping software See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Align parts or workpieces to ensure proper assembly. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean workpieces or finished products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect installed components or assemblies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble electrical or electronic equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Connect supply lines to production equipment or tools. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Drill holes in parts, equipment, or materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Reshape metal workpieces to established specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble electromechanical or hydraulic systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply lubricants or coolants to workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 83% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 69% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 43% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 53% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 77% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 38% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 53% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 34% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 34% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 64% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 52% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 34% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 51% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 35% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 71% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 57% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 25% responded “Moderate responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 37% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
53   High school diploma or equivalent Help
24   Post-secondary certificate Help
12   Professional degree Help

This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:

Engineering — Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RCI

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $15.75 hourly, $32,760 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 51,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Decline (-3% or lower) Decline (-3% or lower)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 6,100
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Sources of Additional Information

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  • Assemblers and Fabricators external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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