Phonograph Cartridge Assembler

Assemble components into complete phonograph cartridge assemblies.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $46,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Phonograph Cartridge Assemblers do?

Assembles parts into components and components into complete phonograph cartridge assemblies: Positions, fits, and fastens together variety of small parts to make contact block assembly, using tweezers, toothpick, cement stick, and screwdriver. Welds ground piece to contact block, using spot welder. Solders fine wires from coils to contact block, seam in copper shield, and ground piece to shield, using pencil soldering iron. Plugs completed contact block assembly into ohmmeter to test for continuity. Assembles parts of magnet holder and stylus arm, using handpunch, tweezers, cement stick, holding fixture and loupe. Bakes subassembly in small oven to join parts and fix stylus angle. Fits subassemblies into potting assembly, verifies stylus alignment, and screws them together, using screwdriver.


Should I be a Phonograph Cartridge Assembler?

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

  • Also known as: Cartridge-Actuated-Tool Operator

    How to Become a
    Phonograph Cartridge Assembler

    Most Phonograph Cartridge Assemblers 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:9haaaa&chl=no+college+%2865%25%29|certificate+%2835%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,65,65
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