What do Engine and Other Machine Assemblers Do?
Engine and Other Machine Assemblers construct or rebuild machines, such as engines, turbines, and similar equipment used industries like construction, extraction, textiles, and paper manufacturing. Over 20% of these jobs are found in equipment manufacturing such as engines and turbines. Another 17% of positions are in motor vehicle parts manufacturing. The number of jobs opening up in this occupation is expected to decline slightly over the next few years compared to the recent past, with an anticipated 670 jobs to be created in the near future.
Engine and Other Machine Assemblers Skills and Abilities
The most important skills for engine assemblers involve knowledge of machines and tools, such as design, use, repair and maintenance. You must also understand the process of production and how processes, costs, and quality control impact manufacture and distribution. Engine assemblers do work with customers and so customer service skills such as assessing customer needs and evaluating customer satisfaction are necessary. Even though this career doesn’t require advanced education, you should understand how engineering science and technology is applied to the building and maintenance of machines. You will need knowledge of mathematics such as algebra, geometry and basic arithmetic and how it applies to your work. You will be familiar with policies and procedures for occupational safety.Some other specific skills for engine assemblers are:
- Operation Monitoring – Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly
- Quality Control Analysis – Conducting tests and inspections of products or processes to evaluate quality or performance
- Manual Dexterity – The ability to quickly move your hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects
- Visualization – The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged
Engine and Other Machine Assemblers Duties
Engine assemblers use their hands and arms continually while at work to handle, install and position machine equipment. You will also inspect equipment regularly for errors or defects, and perform physical activity such as bending, lifting and climbing. Some specific tasks for engine assemblers are:
- Interpret blueprints or specifications manuals and plan assembly or building operations
- Inspect, operate, and test completed products to verify functioning and machine capabilities
- Lay out and drill, ream, tap, or cut parts for assembly
- Rework, repair, or replace damaged parts or assemblies
- Align parts or work pieces to ensure proper assembly
- Apply lubricants or coolants to work pieces
- Assemble electromechanical or hydraulic systems
Engine and Other Machine Assemblers Tools and Technology
Engine assemblers use an array of manual tools such as adjustable wrenches, calipers, claw hammers, power drills and rubber mallets. You will need to be familiar with software to create and edit spreadsheets, perform data entry and word processing.
Education and Training for Engine and Other Machine Assemblers
This occupation has short term on the job training so it isn’t necessary to have a lot of education prior to looking for work. Over 48% of engine assemblers only have a high school diploma or equivalent. You are also not required to have any previous work experience.
Engine and Other Machine Assemblers Salary
The median salary nationwide for this occupation is just over $38,000, with earners in the top 10% making just over $58,000.
Engine and Other Machine Assemblers Jobs by Geography
Indiana and Michigan are the only two states with a median salary of over $50,000. Mississippi is the only state with median pay below $30,000. The strongest job growth will be in the states of Alabama, Washington, Arizona and Utah.