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Product Assembler

No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Year 10 Preferred

Also known as Assembler, Engineering Production Worker, Factory Hand and Trade Assistant.

Product assemblers put together components and subassemblies that go into the production of metal products, electrical and electronic equipment, joinery products, jewellery and precious metal articles.

Product assemblers work in factories and workshops usually under close supervision.

Working conditions can be noisy and they may be required to stand for long periods while performing repetitive work.

Factories will often rotate their staff so that they are not doing the same task for too long and so that staff are multiskilled across production operations.


    Product assemblers may perform the following tasks:

  • locate, position and secure components on workbenches
  • punch and drill mounting holes in parts and assembled products
  • assemble and secure components in sequence
  • assemble parts by nailing, screwing, gluing and pinning, riveting, soldering and spot welding components
  • fit hardware items, such as hinges, catches and knobs, to parts
  • attach and fasten jewellery parts to fabricate bracelets, necklaces, brooches and earrings
  • renove raised edges and finish items using files, grinding wheels and emery paper
  • check products to identify and reject defective items
  • work under instruction from leading hands or supervisors
  • pack products into boxes and stack onto pallets
  • operate automatic and semi-automatic machinery and tools, such as conveyor belts, bottling machines or soldering irons
  • manually wind light electrical field coils


  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • careful and patient
  • good eyesight (may be corrected)
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • able to carry out repetitive tasks quickly and methodically
  • able to work as part of a team
  • able to read and follow instructions
  • safety-conscious

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Process Worker - assembles components and performs production line operations and other manual duties in factories.

Electric and Electronic Goods Assembler - joins parts and wires, manually or using simple tools, to assemble switchboards, light switches, heaters, car audio systems, telecommunications systems and other electrical and electronic equipment.

Machinery Assembler - joins metal parts together to assemble machines.

Metal Goods Assembler - operates automatic or semi-automatic machines or machine tools to assemble hinges, door handles and other metal products.

Metal Trades Assistant - assists metal engineering tradespeople by performing routine tasks.

Computer Assembly Technician - builds computers from component parts, including circuit boards, disk drives, cables and switches.


No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Year 10 Preferred

You can work as a product assembler without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job.

You can also become a product assembler through a traineeship in Electronic Assembly, Process Manufacturing, Engineering - Production Technology or Computer Assembly and Repair.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

    Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Manufacturing, Metal and Engineering or Electrotechnology Training Packages that will expand your career opportunities within these industries.


Product assemblers are employed by a wide range of manufacturing and processing companies in metropolitan areas and in larger country towns.

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