Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers
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Assemble or modify electromechanical equipment or devices, such as servomechanisms, gyros, dynamometers, magnetic drums, tape drives, brakes, control linkage, actuators, and appliances.
Until very recently, government survey data collection for Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers included the career Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers. As a result, much of the information for these careers is identical.
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Responsibilities and activities

Assemblers and fabricators typically do the following:

  • Read and understand schematics and blueprints
  • Position or align components and parts either manually or with hoists
  • Use handtools or machines to assemble parts
  • Conduct quality control checks
  • Clean and maintain work area and equipment, including tools

Assemblers and fabricators need a range of knowledge and skills. For example, assemblers putting together complex machines must be able to read detailed schematics. After determining how parts should connect, they use handtools or power tools to trim, cut, and make other adjustments to fit components together. When the parts are properly aligned, they connect them with bolts and screws, or they weld or solder pieces together.

Assemblers look for faulty components and mistakes throughout the assembly process. Such assessments help to ensure quality by allowing assemblers to fix problems before defective products are made.

Modern manufacturing systems use robots, computers, and other technologies. These systems use teams of workers to produce entire products or components.

Assemblers and fabricators may also be involved in product development. Designers and engineers may consult manufacturing workers during the design stage to improve product reliability and manufacturing efficiency. Some experienced assemblers work with designers and engineers to build prototypes or test products.

Although most assemblers and fabricators are classified as team assemblers, others specialize in producing one type of product or in doing the same or similar tasks throughout the manufacturing process.

The following are examples of types of assemblers and fabricators:

Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers fit, fasten, and install parts of airplanes, missiles, or space vehicles. These parts include the wings, landing gear, and heating and ventilating systems.

Coil winders, tapers, and finishers roll wire curs of electrical components used in electric and electronic products, including resistors, transformers, and electric motors. Using handtools, these workers also attach and trim coils or insulation.

Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers build products such as computers, electric motors, and sensing equipment. Unlike in industries with automated systems, much of the small-scale production of electronic devices for aircraft, military systems, and medical equipment must be done by hand. These workers use devices such as soldering irons.

Electromechanical equipment assemblers make and modify mechanical devices that run on electricity, such as household appliances, computer tomography scanners, and vending machines. These workers use tools such as rulers, rivet guns, and soldering irons.

Engine and machine assemblers construct and rebuild motors, turbines, and machines used in automobiles, construction and mining equipment, and power generators.

Fiberglass laminators and fabricators overlay fiberglass onto molds, forming protective surfaces for boat decks and hulls, golf cart bodies, and other products.

Structural metal fabricators and fitters cut, align, and fit together structural metal parts and may help weld or rivet the parts together.

Team assemblers rotate through different tasks on an assembly line, rather than specializing in a single task. Team members may decide how work is assigned and tasks are completed.

Timing device assemblers, adjusters, and calibrators manufacture or modify instruments that require precise measurement of time, such as clocks, watches, and chronometers.

Median salary: $36,390 annually
Half of those employed in this career earn between $29,660 and $45,700.
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Salary growth for electrical, electronics, and electromechanical assemblers
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About Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers
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Worker concerns
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of electromechanical equipment assemblers who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Responsible for Others' Health (65%)
  • Time Pressure (62%)
  • Hazardous Conditions (57%)
  • Exposed to Contaminants (55%)
  • Hazardous Equipment (42%)
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Personality and skills
Can you see yourself in the ranks of Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.
Color vision
Assemblers and fabricators who make electrical and electronic products must distinguish different colors, because the wires they often work with are color coded.
Assemblers and fabricators should have a steady hand and good hand–eye coordination, as they must grasp, manipulate, and assemble parts and components that are often very small.
Mechanical skills
Assemblers and fabricators must have a working knowledge of basic machinery to use programmable motion-control devices, computers, and robots on the factory floor.
Physical stamina
Assemblers and fabricators must be able to stand for long periods and do repetitive tasks. Some assemblers, such as those in the aerospace industry, must frequently bend or climb ladders when assembling parts.
Physical strength
Assemblers and fabricators must be able to lift heavy components or pieces of machinery.
Technical skills
Assemblers and fabricators must understand technical manuals, blueprints, and schematics for manufacturing a range of products and machines.
Education pathways to this career
Education attained by electromechanical equipment assemblers
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), electromechanical equipment assemblers typically hold a high school diploma or equivalent.
Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as electrical, electronics, and electromechanical assemblers as reported in responses to the American Community Survey.
Details: Education and training recommended for electromechanical equipment assemblers

Assemblers and fabricators typically need a high school diploma or equivalent to enter the occupation.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for electromechanical equipment assemblers

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) offers certificates and training programs in fabrication, coil processing, and other related topics. Although not required, these credentials demonstrate competence and professionalism and may help a candidate advance in the occupation.

In addition, many employers, especially those in the aerospace and defense industries, require electrical and electronic assembly workers to have certifications in soldering. The Association Connecting Electronics Industries, also known as IPC, offers a number of certification programs related to electronic assembly and soldering.

Education level of Electrical, electronics, and electromechanical assemblers
Only 7% of electrical, electronics, and electromechanical assemblers have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by electrical, electronics, and electromechanical assemblers
High School
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Where are the jobs
State-by-state employment numbers
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Number of Electrical, electronics, and electromechanical assemblers per 1,000 workers (ACS)
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Job density versus job count
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Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where electromechanical equipment assemblers earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio
We use two methods to compare salaries across states:
  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for electrical, electronics, and electromechanical assemblers compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for electrical, electronics, and electromechanical assemblers.
We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which electrical, electronics, and electromechanical assemblers earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this figure might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
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Location-adjusted median salary for Electrical, electronics, and electromechanical assemblers (ACS for all specialties)
6% of Electrical, electronics, and electromechanical assemblers are working part time.
We’ve found that some jobs have a huge number of part-time workers, and typically that is because they are unable to find full-time work or the job itself can’t provide full-time hours. With 6% part-time workers, this occupation has a lower percentage of part-time workers than 71% of careers.
Employer types
This donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, giving us a picture of what employers most typically hire for this career.
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Distribution: Salaries of electrical, electronics, and electromechanical assemblers by type of employer
Here are the salary distributions based on employer type.
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Electrical, electronics, and electromechanical assemblers and gender
With 48% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 59% of careers.
Gender of Electrical, electronics, and electromechanical assemblers
Men (52%)
Women (48%)
Distribution: salaries by gender
Does gender greatly influence your salary in this career? The closer the bars are, the less discrepancy there is.
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Context: Women in the workforce
How does this career compare to other careers with regard to the percentage of women in the career.
Context: Salary inequity
The median (middle) salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 19%, and the difference for electrical, electronics, and electromechanical assemblers tops that, with the median salary for men 19% higher than the median salary for women.
Race and origin of Electrical, electronics, and electromechanical assemblers
This donut shows the distribution of race and origin among those employed as Electrical, electronics, and electromechanical assemblers.
Race/origin of electrical, electronics, and electromechanical assemblers
White (60% )
Asian (18% )
Black (12% )
Other (7% )
Multiracial (2% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Distribution: salaries by race/origin
Some careers might have a pay disparity based on race or origin, the closer the below bars are the less of a discrepancy is present.
$25K$28K$30K$30K$31K$32K$35K$0$20K$40K$60KMultiracialOtherAsianBlackHispanicWhiteAmerican Indian
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