Assembly Line Worker

An assembly line is usually found in a factory. This ‘line’ is a manufacturing procedure in which individuals (Assembly Line
Workers) add one interchangeable part (or set of tasks) to the whole, in a specific order for production efficiency.

Assembly Line Workers usually stand alongside a conveyor system, while they perform their specific job before passing it on to the next worker. Most assembly line work is performed by hand, but sometimes tools are used.  These tools could include screwdrivers, soldering irons, drills or pliers etc.


  • observing the worker next to them to
    determine and be ready for item to be passed on
  • completing their task timeously and
    accurately before passing the item down the ‘line’
  • observing quality control


  • able to do repetitive work day in and
    day out?
  • a team player?
  • good with your hands?
  • observant?
  • deadline orientated?
  • prepared to work overtime?
  • prepared to work shifts?
  • a person with good eye-hand co-ordination?
  • physically fit?


  • Apprenticeship:

Usually a 4 year contract between company and the apprentice.  This includes 4 subjects at national exam level as well as a 12 week theoretical training.

  • Learnership:

Usually a 3 year contract between the learner, employer and training institution which results in a qualification.

  • FET Colleges:

Offer a 3 year school-leaving certificate: National Certificate
Vocational (NCV).  This is similar to the new National Senior Certificate (NSC) in schools. This certification includes
both theory and practical workshop experience. 
This certification requires the applicant to complete a practical
internship under the supervision of an experienced artisan.


You can also apply to do a short practical hands-on courses skills programme at an FET College.