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Assemble Your Future: 4 Steps to Becoming a Successful Assembler

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Thinking about pursuing a career in assembling? Here is what you need to know:

Assembler Responsibilities

Assemblers play a crucial role in manufacturing by constructing components according to the specifications and ensuring successful use. Read on to discover what you need to know to succeed in this area of employment.

  • Reading and comprehending instructions and following procedures 
  • Collecting all material and equipment needed  
  • Taking accurate measurements to ensure perfect fit of components. 
  • Selecting or modifying components according to measurements and specifications 
  • Assembling complex units  
  • Checking output to ensure highest quality. 
  • Ensuring that equipment is in good condition. 
  • Keeping records of production quantities and time 
  • Reporting on issues, malfunction, or defective parts 

Requirements and Skills 

  • Operation of Tools and Machinery – They will also need to be comfortable operating tools and/or machinery if needed. 
  • Knowledge of Standards – They must also have a good understanding of quality control principles, so they ensure that the product or component meets the standards.  
  • Communication Skills – They will also need effective verbal skills to convey instructions or report issues to coworkers and supervisors. Written communication is also needed to complete reports for production or quality control. They will also have to complete repair request forms.  
  • Physical Condition and Hand-Eye Coordination – Assemblers are required to stand for long periods of time, bend down, climb ladders and lift up to 75 pounds, so it is important to maintain a physical condition that allows them to do so. Hand-eye coordination is also required to efficiently assemble components. 
  • Education – A High School diploma or GED certificate is required, but a degree from a technical school could affect your pay and increase your chance of being hired. 


An assembler typically works 40 hours a week. The three types of shifts are first, second, and third. Workers on the first shift will typically work from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The second shift workers will start where the first shift left off at 5:00 pm and work until 1:00 am. The third shift will take over at 1:00 am and work until 8:00 am. The length and times of these shifts may vary depending on the employer. There may be times where you will have to work overtime to help the company meet production quota. 


The average annual salary of an assembler is $33,156, but you can earn anywhere from $15/hr to $19/hr. This number will depend on location, years of experience, education, and certification. 


Assemblers work in a factory setting around machinery and heavy equipment. They may complete code wiring, lift heavy components of machinery, climb ladders, and stand for a long period of time to perform repetitive tasks.  

Steps to becoming an Assembler

  1. Education – Earn a school diploma or GED certification and consider pursuing higher education. 
  1. Work Experience – Start out with an entry-level position to gain work experience, become more familiar with the work setting, and help you identify the type of assembler position you want to pursue. 
  1. Consider Certification – Consider pursuing certificates relating to the type of assembler position you are interested in. Some examples are the Fundamentals of Metal Fabrication Certificate, Laser Welding Technology Certificate, and Precision Sheet Metal Operator (PSMO) Certification
  1. Interview – Before your interview, spend some time preparing by answering example interview questions. The interviewer will most likely ask questions about your experience, personality, problem solving abilities, and technical knowledge. 
    • Pro Tip! Millennium Search will interview most candidates by appointment OR just walking in! So, if you are ready and able call or visit our job page and apply.

What degree do you need to be a assembler?

You do not need a degree. You need a GED or High School Diploma. However, you might want to demonstrate your value further by getting an associate degree, especially if your community offers an associate in mechanical engineering or similar fields.

As an Assembler, what essential skills are required?

Successful Assemblers possess outstanding communication skills, physical strength and dexterity to handle and operate heavy machinery, and remarkable hand-eye coordination. Additionally, proficiency in operating soldering equipment and the ability to interpret technical documentation is also crucial. Basic computer proficiency, including proficiency in emailing, record keeping, inventory management, form filing and order management is expected. Flexibility to work in shifting schedules is also a must-have attribute.

What skills should I list on my resume to become an assembler?

If you decide to submit a resume, use words that demonstrate your knowledge of the assembly process, as well as equipment and tools used in the assembly process. Don’t forget to include soft skills, like teamwork, listening, and following directions along with good communication skills and working under minimum supervision.

Do I need to have experience to become an assembler?

Sometimes… That will depend on if the client has required experience or has on the job training. We can have several assembler positions, so this is a perfect question to ask our recruiters when they ask, “Do you have any questions?” Keep in mind that on-site training and pre-training may be required before you are able to start.

How much money will I make as an assembler?

Compensation will vary by location, size of client, and sometimes even the brand in question, the region, your experience, and your level of education. Our Millennium Search team only works with clients willing to pay a living wage. Contact our recruiters and confirm before applying.

Where do assemblers work?

Many will work in factories or warehouses; assembler’s workplaces can vary. They sit or stand as they assemble a product. Keep in mind, jobs vary, so sometimes you might be asked to move around the workplace to cover various roles while in a production cycle.

How do I apply for a job as an assembler?

Applying is very easy: head here and search for the job you want by job title. If you can’t find a position you want, call us so you can get help from our recruiting team. All we need to get started is your contact information and answer our application, a recruiter will reach out if there is a fit your skill set and our client’s goals.

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