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Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers
SOC Code: 51-2022.00

Assemble or modify electrical or electronic equipment, such as computers, test equipment telemetering systems, electric motors, and batteries.

Sample of reported job titles: Assembler; Assembly Worker; Electrical Assembler; Electronic Assembler, Group Leader; Electronics Assembler; Factory Assembler; Factory Worker; Manufacturing Assembler; Production Worker; Transformer Assembler

Tasks

  • Read and interpret schematic drawings, diagrams, blueprints, specifications, work orders, or reports to determine materials requirements or assembly instructions.
  • Assemble electrical or electronic systems or support structures and install components, units, subassemblies, wiring, or assembly casings, using rivets, bolts, soldering or micro-welding equipment.
  • Adjust, repair, or replace electrical or electronic component parts to correct defects and to ensure conformance to specifications.
  • Position, align, or adjust workpieces or electrical parts to facilitate wiring or assembly.
  • Explain assembly procedures or techniques to other workers.
  • Clean parts, using cleaning solutions, air hoses, and cloths.
  • Drill or tap holes in specified equipment locations to mount control units or to provide openings for elements, wiring, or instruments.
  • Fabricate or form parts, coils, or structures according to specifications, using drills, calipers, cutters, or saws.
  • Confer with supervisors or engineers to plan or review work activities or to resolve production problems.
  • Inspect or test wiring installations, assemblies, or circuits for resistance factors or for operation and record results.
  • Mark and tag components so that stock inventory can be tracked and identified.
  • Measure and adjust voltages to specified values to determine operational accuracy of instruments.
  • Complete, review, or maintain production, time, or component waste reports.
  • Distribute materials, supplies, or subassemblies to work areas.
  • Pack finished assemblies for shipment and transport them to storage areas, using hoists or handtrucks.
  • Instruct customers in the installation, repair, or maintenance of products.
  • Paint structures as specified, using paint sprayers.

Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software - Calibration software
  • Development environment software - National Instruments LabVIEW
  • Electronic mail software - Microsoft Outlook
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software - Sage 100 ERP; SAP
  • Industrial control software - Production control software
  • Network connectivity terminal emulation software - Rasmussen Software Anzio; Terminal emulation software
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Calipers - Digital calipers
  • Commercial use convection ovens - Convection ovens
  • Fish tape - Wire pullers
  • Hand trucks or accessories - Handtrucks
  • Hazardous material protective apparel - Personal protective suits
  • Hoists - Hoisting racks
  • Insertion tool - Pin extractors
  • Laser beam analyzers - Laser power meters
  • Laser welding machine - Laser micro-welding equipment
  • Multimeters - Digital multimeters
  • Oscilloscopes - Digital oscilloscopes
  • Paint sprayers - Paint spray guns
  • Personal computers
  • Power drills
  • Power saws
  • Rulers
  • Screwdrivers - Flathead screwdrivers
  • Signal generators - Audio signal generators
  • Soldering iron - Soldering irons
  • Stirring hotplates
  • Stripping tools - Wire strippers
  • Tweezers - Precision tweezers
  • Utility knives
  • Voltage or current meters - Digital voltmeters DVM
  • Wire cutters - Wire cutting tools
  • Wire lug crimping tool - Wire crimpers

Skills

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • 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.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Abilities

  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • 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.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Visual Color Discrimination - The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.

Interests

  • Interest code: RC
    • 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.

Work Context

  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 80% responded “Every day.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 80% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 70% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Time Pressure - 62% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 49% responded “Very important.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 46% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 39% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 51% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 39% responded “Very important.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 33% responded “Very important.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 31% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 41% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 33% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 74% responded “40 hours.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 28% responded “Important results.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 40% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Sitting - 31% responded “Less than half the time.”
  • Contact With Others - 39% responded “Contact with others most of the time.”
  • Physical Proximity - 51% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 32% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions - 35% responded “Every day.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 31% responded “Every day.”
  • Level of Competition - 23% responded “Moderately competitive.”
  • Consequence of Error - 33% responded “Serious.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 34% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 25% responded “More than half the time.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
55%High school diploma or equivalent
25%Less than high school diploma
12%Some college, no degree

Work Styles

  • 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.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • 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.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

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.
  • 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.
  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $15.66 hourly, $32,570 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 219,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Decline (-2% or lower)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 18,200

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