Assembly Line Technician

Use your hands to put together hundreds of products a day.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Assembly Line Technicians do?

Assembly lines were developed for the purpose of creating a large number of products for a low cost at a quick pace. Assembly Line Technicians (sometimes known as a Production Line Worker) are a vital part of this manufacturing process, working on one set job duty with the goal of putting together products ranging from automobiles to electronics.

When most people hear “assembly line,” they tend to think of automobiles. Though an Assembly Line Technician could work on these, they might also deal with a load of other goods. Where you work dictates what you make and what your exact duties are. For example, you might spend your time attaching Barbie doll heads, or you might be in charge of joining together snow blower parts.

You get the directions for what you’ll be doing and what tools you’ll be using from an Engineer. These tools include everything from pretty basic, manual tools like a hammer or screwdriver, to more complex ones that do the actual assembly for you.

Though assembly lines create uniform products quickly, the biggest downside is the fact that they can be pretty mind-numbing. You spend your days doing one job over and over, and often, you even stand in one spot for entire shifts. To combat the fatigue and boredom that can grow out of this repetition, some companies let Assembly Line Technicians work in groups on a series of tasks, or train you on multiple skills so you can periodically switch your environment.

Should I be an Assembly Line Technician?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Mechanical Assembly Technician, Team Assembly Line Machine Operator

    How to Become an
    Assembly Line Technician

    Most Assembly Line Technicians have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9faaaa&chl=no+college+%2892%25%29|certificate+%288%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,92,92
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