Education & Training
To work as a precision assembler, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or GED; and
- complete on-the-job training.
Education after high school
Some electrical and electronic precision assemblers complete formal training programs. Some professional-technical schools and two-year colleges offer electronic technology programs. In these programs you learn how to assemble electronic systems. You also learn about electrical circuitry and testing.
Most precision assemblers learn their skills on the job. An experienced worker usually leads your training. Some employers provide classroom training. Training generally lasts about a month, but may last longer depending on the item being assembled.
Related Programs (Current training programs available)
- Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology
- Robotics Technology/Technician
- Electromechanical & Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/Technicians, Other
- Communications Systems Installation and Repair Technology.
- Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician.
- Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology/Technician
- Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology
- Watchmaking and Jewelrymaking
- Engine Machinist
- Marine Maintenance/Fitter & Ship Repair Technology/Technician
Fields of Study (What to study to prepare for this career)
Click on any of the Fields of Study listed below to find out more about preparing for this career.
- Aviation Maintenance Technology
- Bicycle Mechanics and Repair
- Electrical & Electronics Equip Installation and Repair
- Manufacturing Technology
- Precision Crafting and Repair
Helpful High School Courses
You should take a general high school curriculum that meets the state's graduation requirements. You will be required to take both math and science classes to graduate.
Helpful electives to take in high school that prepare you for this occupation include:
- Blueprint Reading
- Computer Fundamentals
- Equipment Maintenance and Repair
- Manufacturing Systems
- Physical Education
The courses listed above are meant to help you create your high school plan. If you have not already done so, talk to a school counselor or parent about the courses you are considering taking.
You should also check with a teacher or counselor to see if work-based learning opportunities are available in your school and community. These might include field trips, job shadowing, internships, and actual work experience. The goal of these activities is to help you connect your school experiences with real-life work.
Join some groups, try some hobbies, or volunteer with an organization that interests you. By participating in activities you can have fun, make new friends, and learn about yourself. Maybe one of them will help direct you to a future career.
Source: Minnesota Department of Education.