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Assembler Production line assembler

Assemblers put products together on a production line. They assemble everything from cartons and boxes to toys and furniture.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £14,000 to £19,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements, but previous experience on a production line or in a warehouse might be helpful.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • the ability to work quickly and accurately
  • the ability to concentrate over long periods of time
  • time management skills

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • following assembly instructions
  • putting together parts in the right order
  • re-stocking supplies for your work area
  • reporting problems in the assembly process to your team leader
  • carrying out simple quality checks
  • packing goods ready for dispatch

4. Salary

Starter: £14,000 to £16,000

Experienced: £17,000 to £19,000 (supervisors)

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll work up to 40 hours a week, usually in shifts.

You’ll be based in a factory or production workshop, which may be hot or noisy.

Depending on the industry, you may have to wear protective overalls, head coverings, gloves or eye and ear protectors. 

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a production line team leader, shift supervisor, or work in quality control.

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Last updated: 22 March 2017