Assemblers & Fabricators

Mechanical skills
Putting it all together
Modern production systems require assemblers and fabricators to be able to use programmable motion-control devices, computers, and robots on the factory floor.
Dexterity
Sweat the small stuff
Assemblers and fabricators should have a steady hand and good hand-eye coordination, as they must grasp, manipulate, or assemble parts and components that are often very small.
Color vision
Can't be colorblind
Assemblers and fabricators who make electrical and electronic products must be able to distinguish different colors because the wires they work with often are color coded.

Job Description

Assemblers and fabricators assemble finished products and the parts that go into them. They use tools, machines, and their hands to make engines, computers, aircraft, ships, boats, toys, electronic devices, control panels, and more.

Assemblers and fabricators typically do the following:

  • Read and understand schematics
  • Use hand tools or machines to assemble parts
  • Conduct quality control checks
  • Work closely with product development

Assemblers and fabricators have an important role in the manufacturing process. They assemble both finished products and the pieces that go into them. The products encompass a full range of manufactured goods, including aircraft, toys, household appliances, automobiles, computers, and electronic devices.

Changes in technology have transformed the manufacturing and assembly process. Modern manufacturing systems use robots, computers, programmable motion-control devices, and various sensing technologies. These technological changes affect the way in which goods are made and the jobs of those who make them. Advanced assemblers must be able to work with these new technologies and use them to manufacture goods.

Job Outlook

Median Pay – $34,970
2 Year Associate’s Degree
No Related Work Experience
Moderate-term on-the-job training
PAY RANGE
$22,040
$32,820
$54,780
Lowest 10%
Median
Highest 10%
The industries that hired the most were:
Transportation equipment manufacturing
26%
Temporary help services
13%
Machinery manufacturing
10%

EDUCATION & TRAINING

TCAT

TN College of Applied Technology - Athens

THE PROGRAM

  • Time Commitment – Full Time
  • Class Type – Day / Night
  • Average Pay – $30,080 / yr
  • Cost – $8,140

Though Most training for Assembly and Fabrication positions have on-the-job training, some companies require additional certificate training for employees who are handling more complex job requirements.

Gain a competitive edge when seeking employment!

Today’s industrial machinery integrates mechanical and electrical systems. The electro-mechanical technician is equipped with the skills and knowledge to install and maintain a wide range of equipment in the modern industrial world. In this innovative educational program, students learn various aspects of industrial electricity, industrial mechanics, and automated control systems.

This multi-craft training opportunity is designed to meet the occupational needs of the advanced manufacturing sector. Electro-mechanical technicians install, maintain, and repair industrial equipment, such as conveying systems, production machinery, and packaging equipment. Graduates may find employment in manufacturing, power plants, and construction.

Many industries support the learning process by sponsoring qualified students in a paid cooperative program which allows the students opportunities to put into practice what they have learned in the classroom.

THE PROGRAM

  • Job Placement – 92%
  • Average Earnings – $32,820 / yr
  • Cost – $1,359

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Chattanooga is a modern training facility designed to simulate the occupational environment found in potential places of employment.  The controlling purpose of the training offered is to prepare individuals for useful and gainful occupations, thereby enhancing their potential for employment.

Equipment and course content are regularly updated to provide educational experiences necessary for an era of rapid technological change.

TCAT

TN College of Applied Technology - Chattanooga