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Assemblers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, precision assemblers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Often work as part of a team.
  • Have a medium level of social contact.
  • Communicate by telephone or in person. They may also occasionally write e-mails.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the outcomes and results of work.
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  • Are responsible for the health and safety of other workers.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Nearly always work indoors. Machine assemblers sometimes work outdoors.
  • Often wear protective attire, such as safety goggles, masks, or ear plugs.
  • Are sometimes exposed to contaminants.
  • Are sometimes exposed to distracting and uncomfortable noise levels from machinery.
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  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous situations when working with large metal parts and cutting tools. The likelihood of even slight injury is low.
  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous equipment. There is some possibility of slight or moderate injury.
  • Are sometimes exposed to cramped work places when installing machine parts.
  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous conditions, especially when working with electrical wiring. The likelihood of even slight injury is low.
  • Sometimes work very near others, such as within a few feet.

Work Performance

  • Must be sure that all details are done and their work is exact. Errors could result in safety hazards, especially for machine assembly workers.
  • Repeat the same physical activities.
  • Sometimes have to match their pace of work with the pace of equipment and machinery.
  • Sometimes make decisions that affect others and their company's reputation. They sometimes act independently, but may seek advice from a supervisor first.
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  • Usually set their daily tasks and goals after speaking to a supervisor.
  • Must meet strict daily and weekly deadlines.


  • Usually work a 40-hour week. However, overtime is common in some industries.
  • May have varied work schedules if plants have more than one shift.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.