Putting together the various parts of a spacecraft to make a finished product is what assembly technicians specialise in.

Assembly technicians

Assembly technicians

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What does an assembly technician do?

Assembly technicians construct, assemble, fit, fasten and install parts in aeroplanes, spacecraft and satellites.

These specialists put together the various components that make up a finished product. These might include structural, mechanical, electrical or electronic components. Assembly technicians often work in a production line, with each technician working on one specific part. Alternatively, some assembly technicians complete the assembly of a product from start to finish.

Keeping the work area clean and free of dust is critical for assembling space technology.

What you’ll need to know and do

Technicians in the space industry often need to follow special procedures to prevent contamination. They also need technical skills such as soldering or using hand tools, and reading specifications and technical drawings. Some parts may be so small the technician has to assemble them under a microscope.

Assembly technicians are sometimes called structural fitters or technicians.

Your study pathway

The following TAFE courses are relevant to becoming an assembly technician:

  • engineering pathways 
  • fabrication trade
  • mechanical trade (MEM30205)
  • aeroskills 
  • aircraft maintenance engineering. 

Key resources

Our key space career job roles and study pathways information is packaged up into downloadable PDFs that students, teachers or parents can easily browse through and keep as a handy reference.

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Careers in space booklet

Our space career booklet covers all the space careers we talk about online, and can be downloaded by students, teachers or parents to read, share or use in the classroom.


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