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How do I get hired for an assembly production position?

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What is the job description of an assembly production position? 

Assembler, Production Line Specialist, Assembly/Production Line, Assembly Line Processor. There are a number of names that this type of job can fall under. All of these are used to describe someone who puts together products. A job description similar to the one below will be what you are likely to find in openings for these assembly/production jobs:

Assembler

Responsible for overseeing and completing the assembly of specific products along the production line. 

Job Duties Include:

  • Reading blueprints to understand assembly guidelines
  • Collecting parts for assembly
  • Assembling products rapidly while preserving product integrity
  • Moving assembled products to the next area of production
  • Maintaining all company guidelines of quality and safety
  • Great hand-eye coordination skills required
  • Ability to work extended periods while standing

What is the salary of an assembly worker? 

Assembly workers’ salaries can range greatly depending on the area of the country you live in, your prior experience, along with the type of assembly you are performing. Right now, the average hourly pay for an assembly production worker is about $13.00 an hour or $28,000 annually. This average, however, comes from a wide range of pay scales based on the factors mentioned earlier. For example, many assembly-line jobs in the automotive industry often see a higher pay — $16.00 hourly or $33,000 annually — due to the more complex assembly these employees are tasked with. Vice versa, assembly jobs putting together simpler items such as plastic siding or packaging food can run on the lower side of the pay scale, at $11.00 per hour.

Many times, these vast differences in pay are not just related to the item being assembled, but the prior experience or expertise as well. Many lower-paid positions are entry-level and require little to no prior experience to be hired. For more difficult builds, a company may want five or more years of experience and possibly even special certifications. Some assemblers utilize forklifts or solder in order to complete their tasks. With this being the case, a company would be looking for a specialized assembler with these certifications and, as you guessed, these certifications also come with a higher salary.

The great thing is that there is room for growth if you want to make this job a career! While you may be working on the lower side of the pay range at the start, you would be able to walk into a job with no prior experience or training. From there you could easily specialize by pursuing different certifications all while racking up years of experience to list on your resume.

Where do assembly production specialists work? 

Given the nature of the job, many assembly production specialists can be found in a factory setting. They often work along production lines or production stations so that they can assemble their products and then pass them along to the next station in the production process. 

There are some assembly jobs that work in outdoor or warehouse environments where there may be less structure to the production area. The job functions the same way though, to assemble and build a product.

Often, this job will require employees to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) such as safety glasses, fire-retardant clothing or steel-toed boots. This is usually because the materials, products or process of assembly can be dangerous. Tools may malfunction, parts may get dropped, and so these measures are often required to keep workers safe.

Likewise, many of these positions require a lot of standing, walking, squatting, lifting, pulling or pushing depending on the assembly needs. Since an assembler is taking raw materials and turning them into a finished product, there is always a lot of movement involved in the process. This means that if you are considering a job as an assembler you need to make sure you have the strength and stamina to withstand these tedious working conditions.

What kind of skills do you need to work in assembly production?

Assembly jobs take place in a fast-paced environmentthat requires a great deal of accuracy. That being said, it is important that you are able to handle the stress of a fast-moving workday while completing your assigned tasks precisely. As well, Assemblers must be dexterous since they are most often working with their hands to put products together.

Assembly production jobs usually require you to be able to read blueprints, compute simple math and be able to use an array of tools. In addition to these skills, an Assembler should be physically fit enough to have the strength and stamina to keep up with the work.

What qualifications do you need to meet to work in assembly production? 

Just like with pay, your required qualifications will vary based on what exactly you will be assembling. Simple products are likely to be entry-level jobs that requireno prior experience or training. When you begin to produce specialized products such as vehicle parts, electrical systems or medical equipment, the employer may require previous experience or specialized certifications to take you on as an employee. 

To begin working as an Assembler immediately, you don’t have to have any special qualifications. As we discussed before, you may start in the lower range of the pay scale, but there are jobs available with no special qualifications needed.

If you are looking for something a bit more specialized or with higher pay, you can pursue certifications in special or hazardous materials, electrical wiring, industry safety standards, or soldering. These certifications can help boost you to the top of the candidate list for those higher-paying assembly jobs.

What kind of training do you need to work in assembly production?

There is no training that is required prior to taking an Assembly job, but there is likely to be some after you accept the position. Companies have to teach you not only how to put the products together, but how to use any tools or special materials according to their policies. These training sessions will be on the job and can last a few weeks after you have been hired on. They may come in a formal training style where you report to a trainer and training space or you may simply learn as you work as an apprentice on the floor. This will depend on the company.

As far as specialized training goes prior to applying for an assembly or production job, while you are not required to have any before applying, there are some that can help boost your resume. As we discussed earlier, these can include:

How do I get hired for an assembly production position?

As with any job, you can start your job search by Googling “assembly production jobs” and your city or zip code to find general openings nearest to you. Depending on the amount of manufacturing in your area, you may be overwhelmed by the number of results and trying to decipher what company, job responsibilities or benefits may be best to go with. If this is the case, your best option may be to speak with a local recruiter. A recruiter or staffing agency can take your non-negotiables (pay, benefits, desired shift, etc.) and help find you a job that helps fit these needs. As well, staffing agencies often have jobs available with the companies they work for that you may not be able to find online.

Once you have spoken with a recruiter or applied online to a few jobs you should prepare your resume to show relevant job information. For Assembly jobs, it is important to show your interviewer any relevant skills or experience you have as it relates to the job. These can be:

  • Skills you possess that the job requires
  • Experience building or repairing things
  • Familiarity with tools
  • Special training or certifications<

By preparing your resume and collecting your thoughts on your most relevant items to the job you can shine at your interview as the right candidate for the job.

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What is a welder’s salary?

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How much do welders make in a year?

The average annual salary for a welder was $39,600, as of July 2019. This wage may be higher depending on your employer. It’s also important to note that many welders get paid commission for the number of pieces or jobs they complete in addition to their usual salary.

How much do welders typically make per hour?

Welding, like most trade work, pays well. The average hourly rate in the United States for welders is $19.00 per hour, although you can make much more or much less than that depending on a number of factors.

The going rate for welders depends on what company you work for, what your specific skill set and qualifications are, and of course, your geographical location.

As the old saying goes, “location, location, location.” Where you live really will affect your salary. The highest paying states are New York and Massachusetts, who often pay close to this average $19.00 hourly rate. Florida and North Carolina though, are some of the lowest-paying states with an hourly wage closer to $14.00 an hour. That said, places that pay more oftentimes have higher costs of living and places that pay less can also have lower costs of living.

One thing to keep in mind, however, is that welders are often paid commission in addition to their salary. This is especially common in the manufacturing sector. So even if your hourly wage is on the low side of the national average, you could still bring in a big paycheck if you complete a lot of commission work.

What is the typical job description of a welder? 

If you are on the hunt for a welding job, you are likely to see a job description similar to this:

In search of a hard-working, passionate individual who is a certified welder. Will be responsible for producing pipe welds that consistently meet company standards. Must also follow company policies of safety and integrity. Must be able to pass 6G Welding Test on 6 sch. 40 Carbon Steel: 6010 Root 7018, as well as pass a drug test. All equipment is provided.

How many years does it take to become a welder?

Welder training can take anywhere from 7 to 16 months. This seems like a large gap, but that is due mostly to the many different specialist training you can take on. Because a welder can work with many different kinds of metals in many different situations and for a multitude of purposes, there is a lot to cover when it comes to educating a welder. 

Are welders paid weekly?

Employers determine their employees’ pay schedules, so there is no set standard for what jobs get paid when. Some companies will pay every week while others may pay bi-weekly. That said, it is rare to see any welding employer who pays on a monthly basis.

This is a great question to ask your future employer in an interview so you can budget for your needs going forward.

What kinds of welding positions are there? 

The easy answer is there are a lot. There are many different types of welding certifications. Welding certifications and codes exist because there are so many types of welding patterns and materials to work with.

Some companies may need a welder to construct metal furniture that requires simple weld points. Other companies are creating vehicles that need to withstand hundreds of pounds of pressure. Even others may utilize welders to precisely cut metals for production. With all of these possible needs, there are a plethora of welding opportunities that may take you to an indoor factory, an outdoor construction yard, or even hanging off the side of a building!

Where do welders work?

Given the nature of the job, welders are not going to be found in an office space. Welding jobs exist in construction and manufacturing because of the line of work. Shipyards, car manufacturers, aerospace companies, building construction and industrial manufacturing are the most common places a welding opportunity would be available. Other operations that may use welders include utilities and city governments. These companies will often have welders install pipelines, weld bridges or repair existing metal infrastructure.

What kind of education do you need to have to become a welder? 

Many vocational schools offer welder training programs. These programs can take anywhere from 6 months to a year, depending on the intensity of the classes. The classes will include hands-on training, best safety practices and the study of metals. 

Another similar option, sans the classroom time, is an apprenticeship. These are paid jobs that train you while you work. Most of this training is hands-on and, since you are working, you often get a better picture of the operations of the business as a whole. Apprenticeships, while more hands-on, do often take longer to complete — usually a few years.

Either option is a great way to pursue this career, but neither will get you to the finish line completely. No matter which education route you choose, you will still need to become certified to be hirable.

What is the job outlook for welder positions?

If you are considering welding as a career, it is likely to be a safe bet. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that welding jobs are projected to grow over the next few years. It attributes this growth to the aging infrastructure of the nation (i.e., bridges, highways and buildings) that will need the expertise of welders to be rebuilt, repaired or maintained. Also, there is a massive shortage of people with a skilled trade to fill jobs in the manufacturing sector. This industry sector, in particular, relies heavily on welders who help them craft their goods.

What is the difference between a coded welder and a certified welder? 

A certified welder is one who has been certified, on paper, to be able to physically weld pieces that comply with a set of industry standards. These pieces must be welded correctly so they can stay strong under pressure. A certified welder is, technically, certified to weld but may not have complete knowledge of how to weld for a particular company or material. This is where a coded welder title comes in.

A coded welder is one who has learned a specific “code” or specific weld practice. These codes are normally material or industry-specific, such as pipe welding. A welder who holds both certification and codes is a wealth of knowledge. Normally, though, a certification is all that is required to be hired on with a company. The company will most likely send you for code training after being hired so you are familiar with their specific welding needs.

What are the different types of welding certifications?

Each welding certification and code is based around the types of metals being welded or the type of weld pattern being used. There are numerous types, but some of the most common are:

  • Structural Steel
  • Structural Aluminum
  • Bridge Welding
  • TIG
  • MIG
  • Robotic Arc Welding
  • Pipe Welding

What is a welders certification?

A welder’s certification is a document issued by a trusted entity (in the U.S. normally the American Welding Society) vouching for your skills as a welder. It is proof that you know how to perform basic welds to a national standard and can do so with instruction and safety in mind. While this is a very important document to pursue it simply verifies you know how to weld at a basic level.

To get a job or move up in your career as a welder, you will need to find valuable welding codes. Determine which codes will show you are competent in specialized welding areas, such as pipe or bridge welding.

What are the typical hours for a welder?

Welders can work nearly any hour or schedule depending on weather, industry and need. Some welders work standard hours while others work may depend on various business circumstances.

For instance, if you are constructing a building, your company may not need you to weld or cut until the survey crew has completed their work first. In instances like these, you may be called in at a later hour to work around when the job-site can use you.

This isn’t always the case though. If you work in a car manufacturing plant, it is highly likely you will be working the same shift each day and for weeks at a time. That’s because these facilities can better plan their need for welders based on demand, and they don’t have to work around things like weather. You may also be asked to travel for work, especially if welders are in low supply with your company or geographic area. If this is the case, you may be working odd hours that accommodate the traveling.

Can you get your welders certification online? 

While there are several great educational resources available online for the welding field, there is not a legitimate way to become fully certified online. Given the dangerous nature of welding, grinding or soldering, it is required that you take an in-person certification test to prove your competency.

Many sites offer courses on the basics of welding, safety and blueprint reading. Some others may introduce you to working with particular metals or specific industry standards. None of these online courses can provide you with your full certification. An online certification also will not give you the hands-on experience you need to be successful as a welder.

What is the career outcome for a welder? 

If you want to climb the ladder as a welder, there is plenty of room to climb if you are willing to learn. There are a number of advancement opportunities in this field that can help you grow your skills and paychecks.

Often, welders become certified in another welding specialty such as a Tig Welder or Combo Welder. These specialized paths can mean job security and greater pay, since they are the next step in welding school and knowledge. You can also go the route of teacher and instructor certify future welders. 

If you’re really brave — or just looking for something different — you can be trained on extremely specialized welding, such as underwater welding or military-support welding. These jobs pay extremely well, some in the $100,000 range and more, but — as you’ve probably guessed — these jobs are often dangerous.

No matter which route you take, it is clear there is a lot of opportunity for welders.