Assembly line workers are responsible for performing one task or a set of tasks in an assembly process. Assembly lines are found in various factories where products being manufactured consist of a number of components assembled to form a complete unit.
Assembly line workers usually stand alongside a conveyor system, perform the necessary task, and allow the product to pass on to the next worker. Most assembly line work is performed by hand, but sometimes tools are used.
Commonly used tools are screwdrivers, pliers, soldering irons and tools specifically designed for certain processes. A typical assembly line task is drilling holes in an item for screws and passing the item on for the next worker to insert the screws.
Schooling & School Subjects
Grade 10 Certificate or an NC(V) with literacy and numerical skills at level 4.
Experienced workers train learner assembly line workers on the job. Each facet of the assembly process requires specialised training. The processes used in manufacturing and assembly are being automated and so factory workers and assesmbly line workers will need to stay up to date by continually training.
Further information is obtainable from employers and organisations in the field of engineering and metal manufacturing, as well as the motor industry.merSETA