Summary Report for:
51-2092.00 - Team Assemblers
Work as part of a team having responsibility for assembling an entire product or component of a product. Team assemblers can perform all tasks conducted by the team in the assembly process and rotate through all or most of them rather than being assigned to a specific task on a permanent basis. May participate in making management decisions affecting the work. Includes team leaders who work as part of the team.
Sample of reported job titles: Assembler, Assembly Associate, Assembly Line Machine Operator, Assembly Line Worker, Assembly Operator, Certified Composites Technician (CCT), Fabricator, Machine Operator, Operator Technician, Production Associate
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
- Perform quality checks on products and parts.
- Package finished products and prepare them for shipment.
- Rotate through all the tasks required in a particular production process.
- Shovel, sweep, or otherwise clean work areas.
- Review work orders and blueprints to ensure work is performed according to specifications.
- Complete production reports to communicate team production level to management.
- Determine work assignments and procedures.
- Maintain production equipment and machinery.
- Provide assistance in the production of wiring assemblies.
- Supervise assemblers and train employees on job procedures.
- Operate machinery and heavy equipment, such as forklifts.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Adjustable wrenches — Backup wrenches
- Bearing fitting tool kits — Bearing installation tools
- Belt sander — Belt sanders
- Bench vises
- Bending machines — Rotating mandrels
- Calipers — Dial calipers; Vernier calipers
- Claw hammer — Claw hammers
- Cold chisels — Metal chisels
- Compasses — Dividers
- Compressed air gun — Pneumatic hog rings
- Deburring tool — Burring tools; Deburring tools
- Desktop computers
- Dial indicator or dial gauge — Dial indicators
- Drill press or radial drill — Radial drills
- Drilling machines — Drill presses
- Ear muffs — Protective ear muffs
- Ear plugs — Protective ear plugs
- Engine or vehicle stands — Engine repair stands
- Feed or drive rollers — Fiber reinforced polymer FRP rollers; Pressure-fed roller applicators
- Feeler gauges
- Force or torque sensors — Torque angle meters
- Glass vacuum moldings — Vacuum bags
- Grinding wheels — Ring filing wheels
- Guide jig — Material guiding jigs; Trunnion centering tools
- Hacksaw — Power hacksaws
- Hand clamps
- Hand reamer — Line reamers
- Heat guns
- Height gauges — Pin protrusion gauges; Vernier height gauges
- Hex keys — Allen wrenches
- Hoists — Power hoists
- Hydraulic cylinder or component repair kits — Ring squeezers
- Hydraulic press brake — Computerized numerical control CNC press brakes; Metal bending equipment; Straightening presses
- Hydraulic press frames
- Impact wrenches — Power wrenches
- Induction heaters — Heating furnaces
- Insertion tool — Threaded insert tools
- Jacks — Hand jacks
- Jib crane — Jib cranes
- Laboratory heaters — Heat lamps
- Level sensors or transmitters — Transit levels
- Locking pliers
- Machine end mill — End milling machines
- Mallets — Plastic mallets
- Manual press brake — Brakes
- Metal inert gas welding machine — Metal inert gas MIG welders
- Metal markers or holders — Electrochemical etching devices
- Milling machines — Computerized numerical control CNC metal-cutting machines
- Needlenose pliers
- Nut drivers — Nut wrenches
- Paint brushes — Paint application brushes
- Paint rollers — Paint application rollers
- Paint sprayers — High-volume low-pressure HVLP spray guns; Paint spray guns; Pneumatic spray guns
- Paint systems ovens — Curing ovens
- Pallet trucks — Pallet jacks
- Pick or place robots — Assembly robots
- Pipe or tube cutter — Tube cutters
- Plasma arc welding machine — Flame cutters; Plasma cutters
- Pneumatic drill — Pneumatic drills
- Positioning jig — First assembly jigs; Positioning jigs
- Power chippers
- Power drills — Cordless drills
- Power flaring tool — Flaring tools
- Power grinders — Bench grinders; Grinding machines
- Power planes — Edge planers
- Power riveter — Rivet guns
- Power sanders
- Power saws — Cutoff saws; Radial arm saws
- Power screwguns — Power drivers
- Precision file — Precision files
- Protective gloves — Anti-vibration gloves; Safety gloves
- Pry bars
- Pullers — Gear pullers
- Punches or nail sets or drifts — Center punches; Drift pins; Punches
- Resin guns — Chopper guns
- Retaining ring pliers — Snap ring pliers
- Rivet tools — Alligator jaw compression riveters; Autoriveters; Metal bucking bars; Recoilless rivet hammers (see all 6 examples)
- Rolling press — Beading tools
- Rubber mallet — Nylon hammers; Rubber mallets
- Rulers — Steel rules
- Safety glasses
- Screwdrivers — Straight screwdrivers
- Sealant adhesive robots — Adhesive application robots
- Shears — Beverly shears; Hand shears; Unishears
- Sheet metal forming machine — Roll benders
- Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine — Arc welding equipment
- Sine bar — Sine bars
- Sledge hammer — Sledgehammers
- Sockets — Socket wrenches
- Soldering iron — Soldering guns; Soldering irons
- Spanner wrenches
- Specialty wrenches — Case wrenches; Gear shaft wrenches; Input wrenches; Spline key wrenches (see all 7 examples)
- Speed sensors — Timing lights
- Spot welding machine — Spot welding equipment; Tack welding equipment
- Squares — Layout squares
- Squeegees or washers — Squeegees
- Surface gauge — Surface gauges
- Swaging tools — Bearing staking tools
- Tape measures — Measuring tapes
- Taper pin reamer — Precision tapered reamers
- Taps — Metal cutting taps
- Templates — Drafting templates; Mylar index templates; Setup templates
- Torque wrenches — Fuel control wrenches; Torque drivers; Trunnion wrenches
- Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe — Lathes
- Track cranes — Overhead cranes
- Tube bending machine — Tube benders
- Tube end finisher — Tube crimping tools
- Tumblers or polishers — Lapping tools
- Tungsten inert gas welding machine — Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment
- Ultrasonic examination equipment — Ultrasonic inspection equipment
- Utility knives — Trimming knives
- Vacuum pumps
- Welder torch — Brazing equipment; Welding torches
- Welding masks — Welding hoods
- Welding robots
- Wire or cable cutter — Cable cutters
Technology used in this occupation:
- Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
- Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
- Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
- Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- 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.
- Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- 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).
- Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
- Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- 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.
- Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- 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.
- Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
- Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
- Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
- Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
- Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
- Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
- Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
- Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
- Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
Detailed Work Activities
- Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements.
- Evaluate quality of materials or products.
- Plan production or operational procedures or sequences.
- Direct operational or production activities.
- Record operational or production data.
- Package products for storage or shipment.
- Assemble electrical or electronic equipment.
- Clean work areas.
- Maintain production or processing equipment.
- Instruct workers to use equipment or perform technical procedures.
- Operate forklifts or other loaders.
- Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 100% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 91% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 80% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 86% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Time Pressure
- Spend Time Standing — 69% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Contact With Others — 45% responded “Constant contact with others.”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 43% responded “Extremely important.”
- Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 24% responded “More than half the time.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 42% responded “Very important.”
- Spend Time Walking and Running — 53% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Physical Proximity — 45% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
- Indoors, Environmentally Controlled
- Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 58% responded “Every day.”
- Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 29% responded “Limited responsibility.”
- Duration of Typical Work Week — 81% responded “40 hours.”
- Exposed to Contaminants — 34% responded “Never.”
- Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 32% responded “Moderate responsibility.”
- Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 41% responded “Extremely important.”
- Coordinate or Lead Others — 46% responded “Important.”
|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)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|86||High school diploma or equivalent|
|6||Less than high school diploma|
Interest code: RCE
- 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.
- 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.
- Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
- Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
- Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
- Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- 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.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
- Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
- Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2014)||$13.64 hourly, $28,370 annual|
|Employment (2012)||1,032,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Slower than average (3% to 7%)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||212,600|
|Top industries (2012)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "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.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Assemblers and Fabricators . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.