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Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers
SOC Code: 51-2023.00

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, Electrical Assembler, Electromechanical Assembler, Electromechanical Equipment Assembler, Electronic Assembler, Electronic Technician, Electronics Assembler, Mechanical Assembler, Production Associate, Wiring Technician

Tasks

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

Technology Skills

  • Computer aided design CAD software - Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Data base user interface and query software - Data entry software
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software - SAP
  • Graphics or photo imaging software - Blueprint display software
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Time accounting software - Timekeeping software
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

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

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.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Skills

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

Abilities

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • 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.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • 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.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

Work Context

  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 99% responded “Every day.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 98% responded “Every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 96% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 70% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 45% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 48% responded “Very important.”
  • Contact With Others - 57% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 35% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Time Pressure - 35% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 32% responded “Limited freedom.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 72% responded “40 hours.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 41% responded “Very important.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 46% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 56% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Physical Proximity - 52% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 30% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 36% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 48% responded “Less than half the time.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 36% responded “Very important.”
  • Electronic Mail - 48% responded “Every day.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 29% responded “Never.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
53%High school diploma or equivalent

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.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • 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.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • 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.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others 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.
  • 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 & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $15.66 hourly, $32,570 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 46,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Decline (-2% or lower)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 3,800

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