Assembly line workers aid in the assembly of products during the manufacturing process. They use a variety of factory machinery, hand tools, and computers to complete their piece of the assembly process. The specifics duties of this job vary by the employer and industry. For example, depending on the employer and position, the assembly line worker might be responsible for several parts of the assembly at different points. Parts of the assembly process may require advanced skills and/or specific education.
The assembly line worker functions as one part of a potentially large team. As the work is often repetitive, the assembly line worker should be able to perform monotonous work at a fixed rate of speed for long periods while remaining focused and minimizing mistakes. Applicants for these positions typically must be physically fit and possess good endurance, and many assembly tasks require the line worker to possess good coordination and dexterity. The assembly line worker should be able to work quickly and with minimal direct supervision.
For many basic assembly line positions, a high school diploma or equivalent is typically sufficient education. Experience in manufacturing may be required or preferred. In certain industries, some assembly line workers may need to learn how to use advanced equipment, such as robotics, computers, and the assembly of certain objects; employers may offer on-the-job training for most tasks. Specific education may be required or preferred depending on the needs of the position.
Assembly Line Worker Tasks
Lift, handle, load, and unload products.
Prepare products for shipping.
Assemble, attach, and test pre-manufactured components or parts.
Communicate with supervisors regarding warehouse inventory and maintain documentation.