Assemblers and Fabricators
What Assemblers and Fabricators Do
Assemblers and fabricators assemble both finished products and the parts that go into them. They use tools, machines, and their hands to make engines, computers, aircraft, toys, electronic devices, and more.
Assemblers and fabricators typically do the following:
Most assemblers and fabricators work in manufacturing plants. Some of the work may involve long periods of standing or sitting. Although workers may come into contact with harmful chemicals or fumes, the work generally is not dangerous. Most work full time, and they often work evenings and weekends.
Employment in the detailed occupations that make up assemblers and fabricators was distributed as follows:
How to Become an Assembler or Fabricator
The education level and qualifications needed to enter these jobs vary, depending on the industry and employer. Although a high school diploma is enough for most jobs, experience and extra training is needed for more advanced assembly work.
The median annual wage of assemblers and fabricators was $28,360 in May 2010.
Employment of assemblers and fabricators is expected to grow 5 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. Qualified applicants, including those with technical vocational training and certification, should have the best job opportunities in the manufacturing sector, particularly in growing, high-technology industries, such as aerospace and electromedical devices.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition
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