Subassembly Assembler

Assemble parts to form structural subassemblies of aircraft.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Subassembly Assemblers do?

Assembles parts, such as spars, ribs, and braces, to form structural subassemblies of aircraft, such as airfoils, control surfaces, fuselage tops and bulkheads, doors, and windows, according to specifications, using handtools and power tools: Reads and interprets blueprints and specifications to determine assembly sequence, tooling requirements, measurements, and allowable tolerances. Marks reference lines and points on parts, using templates, or by measuring from blueprint index points and station lines, using rule, protractor, and divider. Cuts, trims, files, and deburrs parts, using handtools or power tools. Measures parts to verify dimensions, using precision instruments, such as micrometers and calipers. Fits and assembles parts and fittings, such as braces, hinges, brackets, keyways, and nut plates, in jigs and fixtures, using clamps. Drills, reams, and countersinks holes, using power tools. Deburrs keyways, holes, and cable grooves, using burring tool. Marks reference symbols on parts for subsequent riveting. Installs bolts, screws, rivets, and other fasteners to join parts, using power tools. Cements, tapes, and glues parts as required. May install electric and hydraulic components. May bend tubing. May make temporary assembly fixtures. May buck rivets.

Should I be a Subassembly Assembler?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Assembler, Subassembly

    How to become a Subassembly Assembler

    Subassembly Assemblers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Subassembly Assembler-related education!
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