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Team Assemblers
SOC Code: 51-2092.00

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, Operator Technician, Production Associate, Team Assembler


  • 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.

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
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Presentation software - Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • 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
  • Forklifts
  • 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
  • Ladders
  • 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
  • Micrometers
  • 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
  • Protractors
  • Pry bars
  • Pullers - Gear pullers
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts - Center punches; Drift pins; Punches
  • Ratchets
  • Resin guns - Chopper guns
  • Respirators
  • 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
  • Scaffolding
  • Screwdrivers - Straight screwdrivers
  • Scribers
  • 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
  • Tensiometers
  • 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
  • Turnbuckles
  • Ultrasonic examination equipment - Ultrasonic inspection equipment
  • Utility knives - Trimming knives
  • Vacuum pumps
  • Wedges
  • Welder torch - Brazing equipment; Welding torches
  • Welding masks - Welding hoods
  • Welding robots
  • Wire or cable cutter - Cable cutters


  • 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.


  • 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.

Work Context

  • 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.”


Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
86%High school diploma or equivalent
6%Less than high school diploma
4%Post-secondary certificate

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.
  • 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.

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)
    • $14.77 hourly, $30,720 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 1,131,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Decline (-2% or lower)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 107,400

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