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Electronic Equipment Assemblers

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Education
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Electronic Equipment Assemblers
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€16 -  
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Last Updated: March, 2011

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Equipment Assemblers work on a production line in a factory putting together electronic equipment by hand.


The Work header image

Electronics/electrical assemblers work on a wide range of equipment. For example, they may insert microchips into a printed circuit board that will form part of a television set or the control program element of a washing machine. They may wind coils for electrical motors or transformers or insert them with other components into kitchen blenders, hair dryers or windscreen wipers.  
 
Electronics/electrical assemblers usually work in factories. There are two main types of work: mass production or batch production.  
 
In mass production, assemblers usually work on an assembly line, working at the same speed as everyone else in the line.  
 
In batch production, assemblers usually work at a bench. A supervisor gives the assembler a number of components and special instructions, which may include a parts list and a diagram or technical drawing. Assemblers then work to finish the batch within a target time. They may stand up to work on larger products or components.  
 
Depending on the type of equipment being assembled, this work can either be quite simple and repetitive or more complex and time-consuming. 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Read and interpret schematic drawings, diagrams, blueprints, specifications, work orders, or reports to determine materials requirements or assembly instructions.

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Assemble electrical or electronic systems or support structures and install components, units, subassemblies, wiring, or assembly casings, using rivets, bolts, soldering or micro-welding equipment.

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Adjust, repair, or replace electrical or electronic component parts to correct defects and to ensure conformance to specifications.

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Position, align, or adjust workpieces or electrical parts to facilitate wiring or assembly.

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Explain assembly procedures or techniques to other workers.

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Clean parts, using cleaning solutions, air hoses, and cloths.

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Drill or tap holes in specified equipment locations to mount control units or to provide openings for elements, wiring, or instruments.

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Fabricate or form parts, coils, or structures according to specifications, using drills, calipers, cutters, or saws.

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Confer with supervisors or engineers to plan or review work activities or to resolve production problems.

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Inspect or test wiring installations, assemblies, or circuits for resistance factors or for operation and record results.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Controlling Machines and Processes:  Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Developing Objectives and Strategies:  Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Production and Processing:  Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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Mechanical:  Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Design:  Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Operation Monitoring:   Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

To be an electronics/electrical assembler, you'll need nimble fingers for handling small components and hand tools. You must be able to work quickly, neatly and accurately.  
 
You will need good literacy and number skills to follow wiring diagrams and written instructions.  
 
You must have normal colour vision to work with colour-coded components and wires. You must be willing to work under direction from others.  
 
You should have a liking for electronics and mechanics.


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