Profession control panel assembler

Control panel assemblers read schematic drawings to assemble control panel units for electrical equipment. They put together wiring, switches, control and measuring apparatus and cables with hand operated tools.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional


  • Control panel components

    The elements present in control panels, such as wires, circuit breakers, DIN rails, switches, programmable logic controllers (PLC), contactors, and transformers.

  • Power electronics

    The functioning, design, and usage of electronics that control and convert electric power. Power conversion systems are usually categorised as AC-DC or rectifiers, DC-AC or inverters, DC-DC converters, and AC-AC converters.

  • Electrical equipment regulations

    The national and international regulations with regards to the use and manufacture of electrical equipment on the workfloor. These regulations provide rules and guidelines on topics such as general risk management, electrical equipment manufacture, electrical equipment testing, electrical equipment installation, warning labels, and certificates.

  • Electrical wire accessories

    Electrical wire and cable products and accessories, such as electrical connectors, splices, and wire insulation.

  • Power engineering

    Subdiscipline of energy and electrical engineering which specialises in the generation, transmission, distribution, and usage of electrical power through the connection of electrical devices to motors, generators, and transformers, such as an AC-DC power adapter.

  • Wire harnesses

    Assemblies of wires or cables that are bound together by cable ties, tape, or lacing, and are able to transfer signals or electricity. Through binding the wires together, the wires are better protected against damage, are more compact, and require less time to install.

  • Electrical wiring diagrams

    The visual schematic representation of an electrical circuit, its components, and the connections between these components.

  • Electromechanics

    The engineering processes that combine electrical and mechanical engineering in the application of electromechanics in devices that need electricity to create mechanical movement or devices that create electricity by mechanical movement.

  • Switching devices

    Devices that are able to open and close electrical circuits, such as disconnecting switches, interrupter switches, and circuit breakers.


  • Meet deadlines

    Ensure operative processes are finished at a previously agreed-upon time.

  • Strip wire

    Strip the wire ends using wire strippers to ensure proper connections.

  • Wire control panel

    Strip the wire ends to ensure proper connections and attach wires to the components on the control panel. Pay attention to the wire label, colour, and size. Organise the wire by using a wire duct or cable tie.

  • Fasten components

    Fasten components together according to blueprints and technical plans in order to create subassemblies or finished products.

  • Mount control panel components

    Mount the electrical components and devices onto the control panel, such as circuit breakers, DIN rails, and switches.

  • Align components

    Align and lay out components in order to put them together correctly according to blueprints and technical plans.

  • Apply coating to electrical equipment

    Prepare and apply coating, such as conformal coating, to electrical equipment and its components to protect the equipment against moisture, high temperature, and dust.

  • Interpret electrical diagrams

    Read and comprehend blueprints and electrical diagrams; understand technical instructions and engineering manuals for assembling electrical equipment; understand electricity theory and electronic components.

  • Organise wires

    Apply wire markers and cable labels to identify and organise the wire. Use tie-wrap or cable lace to keep the wires together.

  • Ensure conformity to specifications

    Ensure that the assembled products are conform to the specifications given.

  • Bind wire

    Bind cables or wire together using cable ties, conduit, cable lacing, sleeves, spot ties, cable clamps, or straps.

  • Read assembly drawings

    Read and interpret drawings listing all the parts and subassemblies of a certain product. The drawing identifies the different components and materials and provides instructions on how to assemble a product.

  • Collect control panel components

    Select the appropriate control panel components, such as wires and circuit breakers, to meet the specified requirements.

  • Use electrical wire tools

    Use tools to manipulate wire which will be used for electrical purposes, such as wire strippers, crimpers, soldering irons, torque wrenches, and heat guns.

  • Install electric switches

    Prepare wires for installation in a switch. Wire the switch. Install it securely in the right location.

Optional knowledge and skills

maintain electrical equipment resolve equipment malfunctions measure electrical characteristics adjust manufacturing equipment electrical engineering apply soldering techniques engineering control theory repair wiring perform test run inspect electrical supplies carry out measurements of parts wear appropriate protective gear hybrid control systems electricity waste removal regulations oversee logistics of finished products inspect quality of products replace defect components microprocessors adjust voltage use specialised tools in electric repairs programmable logic controller electronics automation technology apply technical communication skills energy crimp wire keep records of work progress operate soldering equipment