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A Mechanical Assembler is employed by a manufacturing company to work on its production line, assembling its products. Those products can range from small items like smartphones and computers to large ones like aircraft and automobiles.
If you’re one of those people who cringe at the phrase “some assembly required,” a job as a Mechanical Assembler is not for you. It’s not for those who hate following instructions, who hate small pieces, and who hate exercising their patience.
However, if assembling excites you, then you might want to consider a job as a Mechanical Assembler. It’s for those who are attracted to the challenge of putting together a real-life puzzle, those who enjoy the intricacy, and most of all, those who like the feeling of accomplishment when they’re done.
Whatever the product, the process is generally the same: As part of an assembly line, you read engineering blueprints and instructions, then follow them in order to put together parts or products. You rely on a variety of tools to screw, solder, weld, glue, and mold pieces together.
Whether you’re in charge of a single component or the entire object, you also have a quality control function, as it’s your job to look for defective parts while you’re assembling them, and to test the product once it’s done in order to make sure it’s safe, complete, and working properly.
Basically, you’re the professional equivalent of an Ikea customer: You’re paid to read instructions and put stuff together.