In a typical work setting, airplane assemblers:
- Are responsible for the safety of airline passengers.
- Have a medium level of social contact. They work primarily with tools and test equipment but also interact with coworkers and supervisors, usually in face-to-face conversations.
- Are responsible for the work done by others.
- Are placed in conflict situations where they may have to deal with angry or unpleasant people on a weekly basis.
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- Usually work as part of a team.
Physical Work Conditions
- Are often exposed to hazardous equipment, conditions, and situations. As a result, they may experience minor cuts and scrapes.
- Are regularly exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable. Assemblers often wear ear protection to avoid hearing damage.
- Usually work indoors in large assembly buildings. However, some final testing, adjustment, and repair work is done outdoors.
- Always wear protective attire, such as safety glasses, gloves, hard hats, and welding hoods.
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- Work somewhat near other assemblers, usually with a few feet.
- Sometimes wear specialized protective gear.
- Occasionally are exposed to hot or cold temperatures.
- Sometimes have to get into awkward positions to reach cramped work places.
- Are exposed to contaminants on a daily basis.
- Must fully complete their work so that airplanes function properly.
- Must avoid errors and be exact in their work so that people are transported safely. An error could cause a crash.
- Repeat the same physical and mental activities.
- Sometimes must keep up pace with the speed of equipment.
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- Often make decisions that impact the final result of their work. They make most of their decisions independently, but consult supervisors with very complex problems.
- Usually set daily tasks and goals in cooperation with a supervisor.
- Must meet strict daily deadlines.
- Generally work 40-hour weeks. However, they sometimes work overtime to meet production deadlines.
- May work day, evening, or night shifts.