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.
Formal qualifications are not usually required to work as a Product Assembler. Some workers have a certificate I or II in a related manufacturing field.
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
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers in this occupation is likely to remain stable.
Source: Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.
Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.
Number of Workers
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Earnings and hours
Around 82% of people employed as Product Assemblers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 16 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 40 hours per week in their main job. This is 4 hours less than the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Median full-time earnings are $1,042 per week, this is much lower than the all jobs median ($1,593):
- 3 in 4 workers earn more than $928
- 1 in 4 earn more than $1,222
Median hourly earnings are $27, this is lower than the all jobs median ($41 per hour).
Sources: Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average. Full-time median earnings and median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021. Compared to all jobs median.
Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)
|Earnings||Product Assemblers||All Jobs Average|
Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, 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.
Most Product Assemblers work in the Manufacturing industry. They are also employed in industries like:
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2021.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
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Around 73% of Product Assemblers live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
Victoria and South Australia have a large share of employment relative to their population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Product Assemblers is 44 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 45 to 54 years.
Females make up 25% of the workforce. This is 23 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Product Assemblers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||2.8||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
Formal qualifications are not usually required to work as a Product Assembler. Some workers have a certificate I or II in a related manufacturing field.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Product Assemblers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||1.5||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||28.3||12.5|
Source: 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.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Production Assemblers who work well in a team, can communicate clearly and are reliable.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Reading work related information.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
41%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
41%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
Talking to others.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
37%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
36%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
36%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Teaching people how to do something.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.
Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.
Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
38%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
30%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
27%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
26%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
22%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
21%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
17%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
9%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
8%Medicine and dentistry
Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.
8%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
3%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
45%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Communicate by speaking.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Read and understand written information.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
76%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
62%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
57%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
57%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
56%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
53%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
53%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
49%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
47%Coming up with systems and processes
Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.
46%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
46%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
45%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
44%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
44%Coaching and developing others
Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.
43%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
43%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
43%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
41%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
41%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
35%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
Interests and demands
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.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
96%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
94%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
Work to strict deadlines.
89%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
82%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
Talk with people face-to-face.
76%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
76%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
Work with people in a group or team.
74%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
73%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
72%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
70%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
69%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
68%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
68%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
67%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
65%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.
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