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Career and Education Opportunities for Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers in Seattle, Washington

Many educational and employment opportunities exist for electromechanical equipment assemblers in the Seattle, Washington area. There are currently 960 working electromechanical equipment assemblers in Washington; this should shrink by 1% to about 950 working electromechanical equipment assemblers in the state by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for electromechanical equipment assemblers are expected to shrink by about 10.3%. In general, electromechanical equipment assemblers assemble or modify electromechanical equipment or devices, such as servomechanisms, gyros, and appliances.

A person working as an electromechanical equipment assembler can expect to earn about $15 hourly or $32,970 yearly on average in Washington and about $14 per hour or $29,360 annually on average in the U.S. as a whole. Earnings for electromechanical equipment assemblers are better than earnings in the general category of Assembling and Fabrication in Washington and better than general Assembling and Fabrication category earnings nationally.

The Seattle area is home to sixty-five schools of higher education, including one within twenty-five miles of Seattle where you can get a degree as an electromechanical equipment assembler. Electromechanical equipment assemblers usually hold a high school diploma or GED, so you can expect to spend only a short time training to become an electromechanical equipment assembler if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Electromechanical Equipment Assembler

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

In general, electromechanical equipment assemblers assemble or modify electromechanical equipment or devices, such as servomechanisms, gyros, and appliances.

Electromechanical equipment assemblers assemble components or units, and position, align, and fasten units to assemblies or frames, using hand tools and power tools. They also connect cables and wiring, according to given requirements. Finally, electromechanical equipment assemblers position and adjust components for proper fit and assembly.

Every day, electromechanical equipment assemblers are expected to be able to control and manipulate objects at a fine level of detail. They need to move quickly in order to hold onto or control objects and devices.

It is important for electromechanical equipment assemblers to read blueprints and specifications to establish component components and assembly sequences of electromechanical units. They are often called upon to inspect and adjust completed units to insure that units meet specifications and customer order requirements. They also attach name plates and mark identifying data on components. They are sometimes expected to disassemble units to remove components or to crate them for shipping. Somewhat less frequently, electromechanical equipment assemblers are also expected to measure components to establish tolerances, using precision measuring instruments such as micrometers and verniers.

Electromechanical equipment assemblers sometimes are asked to clean and lubricate components and subassemblies, using grease paddles or oilcans. And finally, they sometimes have to read blueprints and specifications to establish component components and assembly sequences of electromechanical units.

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

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Seattle include:

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Electromechanical Equipment Assembler Training

Edmonds Community College - Lynnwood, WA

Edmonds Community College, 20000 68th Ave W, Lynnwood, WA 98036-5912. Edmonds Community College is a medium sized college located in Lynnwood, Washington. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 7,823 students. Edmonds Community College has a less than one year program in Robotics Technology/Technician which graduated four students in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

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: Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington
Seattle, Washington photo by Dschwen

Seattle is located in King County, Washington. It has a population of over 598,541, which has grown by 6.2% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Seattle, 126, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in Seattle are valued at $206,700 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, five hundred ninety-five new homes were built in Seattle, down from seven hundred seventy-five the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Seattle are health care, professional, scientific, and technical services, and educational services. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, construction, and educational services. The average commute to work is about 25 minutes. More than 47.2% of Seattle residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 17.3%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Seattle is 7.8%, which is less than Washington's average of 8.7%.

The percentage of Seattle residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 37.3%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Seattle is home to the Berth 5 and the Akli Point Lighthouse as well as Lincoln Park and Myrtle Edwards Park. Shopping centers in the area include Lake City Shopping Center, Westwood Village Shopping Center and Oak Tree Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Seattle can choose from A-1 Motel, Arlington Suites and Marriott Sea-Tac Airport for temporary stays in the area.