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Assemblers and fabricators
Description: Assemblers and fabricators are experienced and trained workers who put together complicated products such as computers, appliances, and electronic equipment. Their work is detailed and must be done accurately. They follow directions from engineers and use several tools and precise measuring instruments. Some work in clean, well-lit, dust-free rooms, while others work around grease, oil, and noise. They may have to lift and fit heavy objects.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition at http://www.bls.gov/OCO/
Salary: $23,001 to $28,000 per year

Comments:
You can tell your students that ever our factory workers have to pass a basic math test before they are employed. Some jobs even require Algebra and basic Geometry.

There are 15 math topics Assemblers and fabricators need to know.
Basic Math / Algebra
Fractions
Decimals
Percent
Customary Measurement
Metric Measurement
Measurement Conversion
Basic Statistics
Statistical Graphing
Basic Problem Solving
Geometry
Angle Measurement
Make/Use 3D Drawings
Other Topics
Basic Calculator Use
Computer Use
Group Problem Solving
Mental Math