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Career and Education Opportunities for Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers in Fort Smith, Arkansas

Many educational and employment opportunities exist for electrical and electronic equipment assemblers in the Fort Smith, Arkansas area. There are currently 1,140 working electrical and electronic equipment assemblers in Arkansas; this should shrink 17% to about 940 working electrical and electronic equipment assemblers in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for electrical and electronic equipment assemblers are expected to shrink by about 14.7%. Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers generally assemble or modify electrical or electronic equipment, such as computers, test equipment telemetering systems, electric motors, and batteries.

Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers earn approximately $15 hourly or $31,250 yearly on average in Arkansas. Nationally they average about $13 per hour or $27,490 per year. Incomes for electrical and electronic equipment assemblers are better than in the overall category of Assembling and Fabrication in Arkansas, and not quite as good as the overall Assembling and Fabrication category nationally.

There are nine schools of higher education in the Fort Smith area, including one within twenty-five miles of Fort Smith where you can get a degree to start your career as an electrical and electronic equipment assembler. Given that the most common education level for electrical and electronic equipment assemblers is a high school diploma or GED, you can expect to spend only a short time training to become an electrical and electronic equipment assembler if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assembler

Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assembler video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, electrical and electronic equipment assemblers assemble or modify electrical or electronic equipment, such as computers, test equipment telemetering systems, electric motors, and batteries.

Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers read and interpret schematic drawings and reports in order to establish materials requirements and assembly instructions. Finally, electrical and electronic equipment assemblers explain assembly procedures or techniques to other staff.

Every day, electrical and electronic equipment assemblers are expected to be able to see details at a very fine level of focus. They need to visualize how things come together and can be organized. It is also important that they listen to and understand others in meetings.

It is important for electrical and electronic equipment assemblers to position and adjust workpieces and electrical components to enable wiring and assembly. They are often called upon to clean components, using cleaning solutions and cloths. They also mark and tag components so that stock inventory can be tracked and identified. They are sometimes expected to assemble electrical or electronic systems and support structures; and install components, units and assembly casings, using rivets, bolts, soldering and micro-welding equipment. Somewhat less frequently, electrical and electronic equipment assemblers are also expected to pack finished assemblies for shipment and transport them to storage areas, using hoists or handtrucks.

Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers sometimes are asked to complete and maintain production, time, and component waste reports. They also have to be able to paint structures as specified, using paint sprayers and explain assembly procedures or techniques to other staff. And finally, they sometimes have to adjust or remove electrical or electronic component components to fix defects and to insure conformance to given requirements.

Like many other jobs, electrical and electronic equipment assemblers must be thorough and dependable and be reliable.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assembler Training

University of Arkansas-Fort Smith - Fort Smith, AR

University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, 5210 Grand Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72913-3649. University of Arkansas-Fort Smith is a medium sized university located in Fort Smith, Arkansas. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 6,846 students and an admission rate of 62%. University of Arkansas-Fort Smith has a one to two year program in Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician which graduated nine students in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Associate Certified Electronics Technician: Knowledge areas include: Electrical Theory, Electronic Components, Soldering-Desoldering & Tools, Block Diagrams - Schematics - Wiring Diagrams, Cabling, Power Supplies, test Equipment & Measurements, Safety Precautions, Mathematics & Formulas, Radio Communication Technology, Electronic Circuits: Series & Parallel, Amplifiers, Interfacing of Electronics Products, Digital Concepts & Circuitry, Computer Electronics, Computer Applications, Audio & Video Systems, Optical Electronics, Telecommunications Basics, Technician Work Procedures.

For more information, see the ETA International website.

IPC J-STD-001 Requirements for Soldered Electrical & Electronic Assemblies: The IPC/EIA J-STD-001 Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies has emerged as the preeminent authority for electronics assembly manufacturing.

For more information, see the IPC (Institute of Interconnecting and Packaging Electronic Circuits) website.

IPC-A-600 Acceptability of Printed Circuit Boards: The IPC-A-600 Training and Certification Program helps all segments of the electronics interconnection industry improve their understanding of printed board quality issues; greatly enhances communication between PCB manufacturers, their suppliers and their customers; and provides a valuable portable credential to industry professionals as well as recognition for their companies.

For more information, see the IPC (Institute of Interconnecting and Packaging Electronic Circuits) website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Fort Smith, Arkansas

Fort Smith, Arkansas
Fort Smith, Arkansas photo by Infrogmation

Fort Smith is located in Sebastian County, Arkansas. It has a population of over 84,716, which has grown by 5.5% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Fort Smith, 82, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Fort Smith are priced at $151,400 on average, which is above the state average. In 2008, two hundred one new homes were constructed in Fort Smith, down from two hundred ninety-four the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Fort Smith are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is food, construction, and health care. The average travel time to work is about 17 minutes. More than 18.6% of Fort Smith residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 6.7%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Fort Smith is 8.1%, which is greater than Arkansas's average of 6.9%.

The percentage of Fort Smith residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 68.8%, is more than both the national and state average. Mallalieu United Methodist Church, Loves Chapel Seventh Day Adventist Church and King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church are among the churches located in Fort Smith. The largest religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the Catholic Church and the United Methodist Church.

Fort Smith is home to the Fort Smith Trolly Museum and the Fort Smith Inter-Faith Community Center as well as Riverfront Park and Kay Rodgers Park. Shopping centers in the area include Laville Shopping Center, Maybranch Shopping Center and Midland Mall Shopping Center. Visitors to Fort Smith can choose from Patel P L, Westark Inn Motel and Stonewall Jackson Inn for temporary stays in the area.