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Light industry assembler

Light industry assemblers work on production lines, fitting parts and components together to make products. 

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £14,000 to £21,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements.

Some employers may ask for GSCEs in English and maths, or practical subjects like design and technology.

You may have to sit an entry test at interview stage to assess your reading, writing and practical skills.

You’ll need colour-normal vision for some work, like electrical and electronic assembly.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • the ability to follow instructions and diagrams
  • speed and accuracy for performing repetitive tasks
  • a high level of concentration
  • IT skills, if working with computerised equipment

3. What you'll do

You’ll fit components together to make products in a range of industries, like furniture making or automotive supplies. 

You might work in electronics on an assembly line, fixing microchips or components to printed circuit boards (PCBs) for consumer goods like TVs or washing machines.

Your day-to-day duties could include:

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

4. Salary

Starter: £14,000 to £16,000

Experienced: £18,000 to £21,000

Your salary will vary if working on 'piece rates' (where you’re paid for the number of items you assemble), or increase if you work shifts and overtime.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 37 to 40 hours a week, including shifts, weekends and nights.

You’ll usually be based in a factory. 

You may have to wear protective overalls, head coverings, gloves or eye protectors.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a shift supervisor, team leader or quality control assistant.

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Last updated: 08 December 2016