What does a Mechanical Assembler do?

Assemblers are highly technical workers with strong engineering backgrounds who receive and conceptualize designs to create a physical model of the desired product. This hands-on role requires workers to understand and utilize complex designs and follow specific design specifications to ensure a product is designed effectively. Many assemblers work in the aerospace industry, although any industry that requires the production of physical products may require and hire assemblers.

Assemblers require a high school diploma or equivalent (such as a G.E.D.) at a minimum. A Bachelor's degree in mechanical or electrical engineering may be preferred for some positions. As this role requires the use of different mechanical equipment, different certificates will be required for most assembler roles. Such certificates can often be obtained through specialized training schools. Assemblers may also need a security clearance to work on government contracts.

  • Receive, read, and understand complex design specifications
  • Collaborate with team members to ensure proper delineation of production roles
  • Assemble various parts and products based on physical and digital designs
  • Operate design machinery and modify machinery settings as needed to meet design specifications
  • Operate power tools and other heavy machinery while following strict safety guidelines
  • Communicate with engineers and design staff to ensure consistency and troubleshoot any issues with designs or production
  • Quickly and effectively detect malfunctions with machinery and inform managers or upper-level staff of issues as they arise
  • Travel to different locations to work with various teams and engineering staff when necessary
  • Post-secondary degrees, including Associate's or Bachelor's, may be necessary or preferred
  • Additional certifications for industry-specific machinery may be necessary
  • 0-6 years of experience, depending on previous education and current skills
  • Experience working with computer-aided drafting (CAD) software
  • Ability to read and interpret drawings and designs
  • Proven knowledge and experience using drafting tools and machinery
  • Safety-conscious with an extreme respect for established safety guidelines and rules
  • Experience with or willingness to learn production tools and methods
  • Significant mechanical skills and proven attention to detail
Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience8+ years

Mechanical Assembler Salaries

Average Base Pay

$38,637 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $39K
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Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corp.Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corp.
Assembler Technician
Dec 18, 2020

“Good training was lacking in my area because of what I worked on and whom trained me.”

Ajinomoto Bio-Pharma ServicesAjinomoto Bio-Pharma Services
Assembly Technician
Aug 5, 2020

“Seemed like a great company that appreciated us and I enjoyed the people I worked with.”

Assembly Technician
Jul 18, 2019

“The opportunities to learn have given me knowledge and experience to grow in my career.”

Haakon IndustriesHaakon Industries
Apr 15, 2021

“Great co workers some of the best I have ever worked for excellent assistant night supervisor”

Rocket PharmaRocket Pharma
Manufacturing Technician II
Nov 17, 2021

“Well you have to leave 4 hours early today because there's no overtime allowed.”

InControl MedicalInControl Medical
Aug 26, 2019

“I think $15.00 an hour was a great salary at one time but it isn’t as outstanding anymore.”

Ross Display
Assembler I
Jul 30, 2021

“It is a small company in Seattle so not much room for growth career wise.”

King Electrical ManufacturingKing Electrical Manufacturing
Jan 14, 2021

“there is no training course or program besides them lazily showing you once how to do anything.”

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