Product Assemblers put together components and subassemblies that go into the production of metal products, electrical and electronic equipment, jewellery and precious metal articles, and joinery products.

A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary to work in this job. Around one in three workers have Years 11 and 10 as their highest level of education.

Tasks

  • locating, positioning and securing components on workbenches
  • punching and drilling mounting holes in parts and assembled products
  • assembling and securing components in sequence
  • assembling parts by nailing, screwing, gluing and dowelling, riveting, crimping, soldering and spot welding components
  • fitting hardware items, such as hinges, catches and knobs, to parts
  • attaching and fastening jewellery and jewellery parts to fabricate bracelets, necklaces, brooches and earrings
  • deburring and finishing items using files, grinding wheels and emery paper
  • may manually wind light electrical field coils

Job Titles

  • Product Assembler
  • Product Assembler

    Specialisations: Electrical and Electronic Assembler, Light Coil Winder, Vehicle Assembler

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $965 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    decline
  • Skill Level

    High School or Certificate I
  • Employment Size

    26,900
  • Unemployment

    above average
  • Male Share

    81.6%
  • Female Share

    18.4%
  • Full-Time Share

    87.2%

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This is a large occupation employing 26,900 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen.
A fall in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 5,001 and 10,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, Victoria has a large share of Product Assemblers.
  • They mainly work in: Manufacturing; Construction; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Full-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 38.4 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $965 per week (below the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 43 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 5 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
  • Around 8 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was above average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
200548100
200642600
200746500
200838000
200937800
201034500
201130200
201233800
201327900
201426800
201526900
202019300

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsProduct AssemblersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings9651230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryProduct AssemblersAll Jobs Average
Full-time87.268.4
Part-time12.831.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)38.440.0

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Manufacturing80.4
Construction4.7
Wholesale Trade3.7
Administrative and Support Services3.2
Other Industries8.0

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateProduct AssemblersAll Jobs Average
NSW18.331.8
VIC48.725.5
QLD12.419.8
SA11.46.8
WA6.611.2
TAS1.82.0
NT0.11.1
ACT0.71.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketProduct AssemblersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-194.7-5.45.4
20-248.7-9.99.9
25-3417.0-23.423.4
35-4424.4-21.721.7
45-5425.8-21.121.1
55-5910.2-8.78.7
60-648.8-5.95.9
65 and Over0.5-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryProduct AssemblersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males81.6Males53.6
Females18.4Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationProduct AssemblersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate6.1-8.68.6
Bachelor degree7.3-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma14.2-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV13.8-18.918.9
Year 1218.2-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1030.8-17.717.7
Below Year 109.7-8.18.1

A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary to work in this job.
Around one in three workers have Years 11 and 10 as their highest level of education.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Production Assemblers who work well in a team, can communicate clearly and are reliable.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Mechanical

    78% Important

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  2. Production and Processing

    68% Important

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    64% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Engineering and Technology

    60% Important

    Use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  5. Mathematics

    58% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Handling and Moving Objects

    86% Important

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

  2. Controlling Machines and Processes

    86% Important

    Operate machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  3. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

    80% Important

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  4. Performing General Physical Activities

    78% Important

    Doing things that use of your arms and legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

  5. Getting Information

    75% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

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