An assembly technician is responsible for assembling an entire product or part of a product.

The position of assembly technician is perfect for people who like to put things together. An assembly technician is adaptable and moves easily from one machine to another throughout the production process. Assembly technicians are the strength of the assembly line. They keep it running smoothly, quickly, and efficiently, and know what to do when a machine breaks or the production line gets backed up.

Loading raw materials into machines and unloading finished products off the line are a big part of being an assembly technician, so it’s important to be able to lift and hold heavy, bulky objects. But physical precision is also essential, because small parts are used and produced in advanced manufacturing. Schematic drawings and diagrams and written instructions are used everyday in setting up the assembly line and specific machines.

While assembly technicians know their specific machine very well, they also need to be aware of the function of every machine on the assembly line. An assembly line is a team, so cooperation and listening are important skills to have. Assembly technicians work with machine operators, other technicians, engineers, supervisors, and assemblers on a daily basis.

Safety procedures and awareness are a must when working with fast-moving, powerful equipment like manufacturing machines. Assembly techs can perform preventative and reparative maintenance on their machines, but they also know when it’s time to call in a supervisor. Examining products in between stages and after production is another part of an assembly technician’s job; this requires close observation skills.

Also Known As:

Assembler, Team Assembler,  Fabricator,  Fabrication and Assembly Technician, Skilled Production Assembly

"I have learned to refine my time management skills to obtain the highest efficiency in my standard work practices as an Assembly Technician. It is the people you learn from and able to teach that makes a positive environment to produce a great product." -David Carleo, Trane/Ingersoll Rand

Critical Skills


  • Critical Thinking and Decision Making
  • Design Processes
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Production and Processing
  • Quality Assurance
  • Safety


  • Active Listening
  • Communication - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking/Oral
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Coordination
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Monitoring
  • Problem Solving
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance
  • Time Management

Key Responsibilities

  • Perform quality checks on products and parts
  • Package finished products and prepare them for shipment
  • Conduct quality inspections on processing line
  • Maintain production equipment and machinery
  • Supervise assemblers and train employees on job procedures
  • Position subassemblies in jigs or fixtures
  • Review work orders for quality
  • Ensure that repaired components follow prescribed standards
  • Perform serviceability tests
  • Complete work package documentation
  • Collect and analyze data related to the operation of the machines
  • Package finished products and prepare them for shipment
  • Shovel, sweep, or otherwise clean work areas

Special Requirements

  • Heavy Lifting Ability

How to get this job

Apprenticeship, Microsoft Office Product Certifications, PMP Certification

Next Steps for this job

Certifications in Microsoft Office, PMP Certification, experience in customer service and presentations

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