Putting together the various parts of a spacecraft to make a finished product is what assembly technicians specialise in.
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)
- aircraft maintenance engineering.