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.

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

You can work as a Product Assembler without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in might be helpful.

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

All Product Assemblers

  • $963 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Higher Unemployment Unemployment
  • 33,800 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 82% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 25% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Product Assemblers (in their main job) grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
from 33,800 in 2018 to 35,900 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 25,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 5,000 a year).

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2018.
  • Location: Many Product Assemblers work in Victoria.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Construction; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $963 per week (lower than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (82%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 25% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
200844500
200938900
201032700.0
201132800
201233600
201329800
201429800
201524700
201624800
201729300
201833800
202335900

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings9631460

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Manufacturing71.3
Construction6.4
Wholesale Trade5.7
Retail Trade2.9
Other Industries13.7

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateProduct AssemblersAll Jobs Average
NSW28.831.6
VIC40.425.6
QLD13.720.0
SA11.07.0
WA4.910.8
TAS0.72.0
NT0.11.0
ACT0.31.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketProduct AssemblersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-193.3-5.05.0
20-248.9-9.39.3
25-3418.0-22.922.9
35-4420.6-22.022.0
45-5426.3-21.621.6
55-5912.4-9.09.0
60-647.7-6.06.0
65 and Over2.8-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). 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 Certificate1.5-10.110.1
Bachelor degree7.2-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.4-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV20.3-21.121.1
Year 1227.4-18.118.1
Year 118.8-4.84.8
Year 10 and below28.3-12.512.5

You can work as a Product Assembler without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in might be helpful.

Thinking about study or training?

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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    47% Skill level

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

  2. Design

    39% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  3. Production and Processing

    38% Skill level

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

  4. English Language

    33% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Mathematics

    30% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-2022.00 - Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    96% Important

    How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

  2. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    94% Important

    How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

  3. Time Pressure

    90% Important

    How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?

  4. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

    89% Important

    How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

  5. Being Exact or Accurate

    82% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-2022.00 - Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers.

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