In previous blogs, we introduced our Production Associate and Customer Service Representative positions at QPS. This third installment will highlight our Assembly jobs. Want to know what it takes to land an assembler position at QPS? Read below to find out.
The duties of an assembler can vary depending on the industry and company. The duties of an assembler may also change based on the size of the company and the scope of the work. A smaller company may require candidates for their assembly position to be more multi-skilled in order to complete multiple tasks.
Most assemblers will be required to follow a series of instructions or directions to assemble different parts of an item. At one company, assemblers may have to assemble a product for the retail store or business from start to finish. For more entry level positions, assemblers are more likely to be doing a type of repetitive work; working in a specific section of an assembly line to perform the same job task. For this task, they will usually rotate throughout the shift so the work does not become monotonous.
For some entry level assembly positions, no previous work experience is required. However, most candidates seeking an assembly job usually need experience working with standard tools. These include screw guns, drills, nail guns, and tape measures. Chase Baldwin, Area Manager of our Kansas and Missouri branches, emphasized the necessity for applicants to give as much information as possible to recruiters about past work history and skills learned from those positions. Even if applicants do not have experience in the specific field, those details can be helpful in finding out if the candidate is a fit for an assembly position.
Baldwin said, "We had a candidate who had worked previously in roofing, but no assembly positions. He had never thought that those skills were transferable, but while talking to him about a position as an assembler many of the tools required for his roofing position are utilized in his current assembly position. Many employees do not place as much value in their skills as they should. Many skills that seem like common sense/everyday skills to them are vital skills for certain positions."
Assemblers will also get new experience to work with tools and machines to make pieces or parts for assembly they may be unfamiliar with. It is important for employees to be receptive to instructions or coaching when necessary. If a product or part is being assembled incorrectly, the employee needs to understand that there are certain ways things need to be completed per the customer's expectations and cannot drift away from the set procedure.
However, Baldwin also stated that along with work experience good attendance, reliability and a strong work ethic are essential to getting noticed and hired on by employers. He added, "Many clients are willing to work with an inexperienced employee if they are willing to commit to their work."
Success as an assembler means being able to efficiently produce an assembled item without committing an error. Performing well in the position, having a strong work ethic and good attendance may lead to the employee getting permanently hired on if there is an opportunity for advancement. For example, many factories who offer assembly positions may also offer Machine Operator experience. Depending on the industry, this may also potentially lead to opportunities for higher paying positions.
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