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  • A man, wearing a blue boiler suit, is standing on a production line.  He is working on a car engine as it moves along the production line.

    Assembly tasks are usually simple and repetitive.

  • Two men are working on a production line.  They are working on a car body above them.

    Fixing mechanical parts to the body of the vehicle.

  • A man, wearing a blue boiler suit, is standing on a production line.  He is working on a car dashboard as it moves along the production line.

    Fitting and checking an airbag assembly.

  • People, wearing blue boiler suits, are standing on a production line.  They are working on car bodies.

    Working on the general assembly conveyor.

  • Assembler - Light Industry

  • Assembler - Light Industry

  • Assembler - Light Industry

Assembler - Light Industry

Introduction

Light industry assemblers often work in the electrical, electronic and information technology industries. They fit parts to an item as part of the production process.

Also known as

  • Factory Assembly Worker
  • Light Industry Assembler

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Work Activities

As an Assembler, you will fit parts together to form completed products, such as furniture, radios, cars or washing machines. You usually work on a conveyor system in a factory, where you add a part, or parts, to the item as it goes past them.

Assemblers might use tools such as screwdrivers, pliers and tweezers. Assembly of some electronic circuitry can involve the use of soldering irons.

Being able to read, write and speak Welsh may be an advantage when you’re looking for work in Wales.

Personal Qualities and Skills

To become an Assembler, you'll need:

  • good practical skills
  • to be able to work quickly and accurately
  • good close eyesight
  • the ability to work well alone and in a team

Your colour vision could be tested if the tasks involve electrical wiring. You might be sitting down or standing in the same position for long periods of time.

Pay and Opportunities

Pay

The pay rates given below are approximate.

  • Starting: £16,500 - £18,000
  • With experience: £19,000 - £22,500
  • Senior Assemblers earn £25,000 - £28,000

Hours of work

Assemblers usually work 39 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Shift work and early morning starts may be required. Part-time work and overtime may be available. Temporary, casual and seasonal work is often available.

Where could I work?

Employers throughout the UK are manufacturers (mainly in the electrical and electronics industry) and companies that supply parts and assemblies to them.

Opportunities for Assemblers occur in factories in towns and cities throughout the UK.

Where are vacancies advertised?

Vacancies are advertised on all the major job boards, on Find a Job, and at Jobcentre Plus.

Entry Routes and Training

Entry routes

You don't always need qualifications to get into this career.

However, an Intermediate Level Apprenticeship is a great place to start. Take a look at our information article 'Apprenticeships – How do I apply', for more details about applying for apprenticeship positions.

Training

Training is usually provided by the employer, and may only be a few hours carried out on-the-job. However, if the task is more complicated, a short course may be provided.

Generally, training covers the identification and use of components, and how to follow instructions and diagrams. Training can also cover product testing, basic quality control and special wiring or soldering techniques.

Work Experience

Previous experience in practical or technical work using your hands is useful for this career.

Progression

Progression could be to supervisory positions.

Qualifications

To get onto an Intermediate Level Apprenticeship, you’ll usually need at least 2 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, possibly including English and maths.

Adult Opportunities

Age limits

It is illegal for any organisation to set age limits for entry to employment, education or training, unless they can show there is a real need to have these limits.

Skills/experience

Skills developed through practical or technical work using your hands are useful for people wanting to become assemblers.

Statistics

  • 11% work part-time.
  • 8% of employees work on a temporary basis.

Further Information

Semta

Skills for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies

Address: 14 Upton Road, Watford, Hertfordshire WD18 0JT

Tel: 0845 6439001

Email: customerservices@semta.org.uk

Website: www.semta.org.uk

Proskills UK

Skills for process and manufacturing industries

Address: Centurion Court, 85b Park Drive, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 4RY

Tel: 01235 833844

Email: info@proskills.co.uk

Website: www.proskills.co.uk

Careers Wales - Welsh Apprenticeships

Tel: 0800 028 4844

Website: ams.careerswales.com/

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