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Electrical/Electronic Equipment Assembler  What They Do

Just the Facts


Assembles or modifies electrical or electronic equipment, such as computers, test equipment telemetering systems, electric motors, and batteries.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production/Process Technology pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Reads and interprets schematic drawings, diagrams, blueprints, specifications, work orders, or reports to determine materials requirements or assembly instructions.
  • Assembles electrical or electronic systems or support structures and installs components, units, subassemblies, wiring, or assembly casings, using rivets, bolts, soldering or micro-welding equipment.
  • Adjusts, repairs, or replaces electrical or electronic component parts to correct defects and to ensure conformance to specifications.
  • Positions, aligns, or adjusts workpieces or electrical parts to facilitate wiring or assembly.
  • Explains assembly procedures or techniques to other workers.
  • Cleans parts, using cleaning solutions, air hoses, and cloths.
  • Drills or taps holes in specified equipment locations to mount control units or to provide openings for elements, wiring, or instruments.
  • Fabricates or forms parts, coils, or structures according to specifications, using drills, calipers, cutters, or saws.
  • Confers with supervisors or engineers to plan or review work activities or to resolve production problems.
  • Inspects or tests wiring installations, assemblies, or circuits for resistance factors or for operation and records results.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Dry Cell Battery Assembler -- Performs a combination of duties to assemble batteries for commercial use in products, such as photographic equipment, flashlights, and pagers.
  • Electron Tube Assembler -- Performs a combination of tasks to fabricate parts and assemble custom or production electron tubes.
  • Solderer -- Joins or mends with solder.
  • Wire Harness Assembler -- Routes and ties wires to form wire harness (cable) used in electrical and electronic equipment or systems.
  • Armature Assembler --
  • Breaker Unit Assembler --
  • Circuit Board Assembler --
  • Crystal Calibrator --
  • X Ray Electronics Wiring Technician --