Airplane Assemblers

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Airplane Assemblers

Airplane Assemblers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, airplane assemblers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • 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.

Work Performance

  • 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.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.