How Do I Become a Furniture Assembler?

Dan Cavallari

No specific level of training is necessary to become a furniture assembler, but you will need to undergo on the job training that will give you the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in the position. It helps to have a background in carpentry or a willingness to learn assembly or carpentry skills. Completing a high school education will also make you more competitive in the job market.

Having a background in carpentry can be helpful for a furniture assembler.
Having a background in carpentry can be helpful for a furniture assembler.

At the very least, you will need basic math and communication skills as well as writing ability in order to become a furniture assembler. You will work with measuring tools and do simple math problems to find the length of materials, proper angles for cuts, and more. As an assembler, it is likely that you will work closely with other assemblers, which means communication skills will be necessary. If at all possible, take part in any shop classes offered by your high school to get basic skills working with tools commonly used in the trade. Safety training is also a good idea, as this will also make you a more valuable job candidate.

Once you graduate from high school, or even while you are still a student, you can become a furniture assembler by applying for an entry-level job at a furniture manufacturer or custom furniture maker. Experts within the business will provide you with the necessary on-the-job training, and you may be required to take part in an apprenticeship in which you work under the guidance and supervision of a more experienced employee before you are allowed to work independently. You will become a furniture assembler when you complete the apprenticeship, which can take anywhere from a few months to a few years.

While some furniture assembly is fairly straightforward and easy, other projects may be time intensive and may require the assembler to use power tools and hand tools to complete the job. Any opportunity you get to practice with such tools will improve your chances to become a furniture assembler. Local community colleges often offer courses on carpentry and assembly, which will help you get the qualifications you need for an assembler position. You may also need to get a valid driver's license, as you may need to travel to different locations to deliver and assemble furniture. Having a commercial driver's license is an even better investment.

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