How Do I Become an Assembly Technician?

Erin J. Hill

You can become an assembly technician in various ways, and it will often depend on the type of company you want to work for. Most companies do not require much training, although you will need to have a high school or diploma or general educational diploma (GED). More advanced operations, such as those in electrical industries or aircraft manufacturers, may require more education. In these cases, you may need to obtain a two- to four-year college degree.

Assembly technicians usually have at least a high school diploma or GED.
Assembly technicians usually have at least a high school diploma or GED.

An assembly technician is someone who works in a factory or similar setting in construction or product assembly. Items usually go down an assembly line, and workers attach parts, test products, and perform other duties. Many products require little technical knowledge to assemble, such as furniture or toys. More complicated items, like electrical components, may require more in-depth knowledge of how the items work.

An assembly technician is responsible for keeping the assembly line operational.
An assembly technician is responsible for keeping the assembly line operational.

The first step you’ll need to take to become an assembly technician is obtaining the proper education. If you haven’t graduated from high school, you can get your GED. This is enough to get you int a lot of entry-level positions. If you can’t find a job as an assembly line technician right away, try to get in another position with a company you are interested in. This may allow you to move to another job later on.

If you want to become an assembly technician for a company with more complicated product manufacturing, you might need to get a degree to learn the proper construction methods for those products. This is usually no more involved than a certification program or a two year associate’s degree, but in some cases a four-year degree may be needed. Once you have gotten the proper education, you should look for a job by sending your resume to companies you are interested in. You could also try going through your school’s career placement program, if available.

When you are looking to become an assembly technician, it is a good idea to apply with as many places as possible. If you can get in with a company that specializes in products you enjoy, this is ideal, but you can always move to another job later in your career once you have experience. Keep in mind that technicians typically have to work long hours in a loud setting while on their feet. You will need to be able to handle this, as well as to be quick with your hands and be a fast learner so you can pick up on proper assembly methods in a short amount of time.

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