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Aerotek Assembler in Elgin, Illinois


Job Description: Candidate will be performing assembly of wind turbine power transmissions and their subassemblies. Works from blue prints, parts lists and assembly cards. Uses parts washers, freezers, ovens, cranes, hand and power tools. Will shim and final assemble gear units. Can work alone, with other assemblers, and oversees lower grade assemblers and May perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Candidate will be required to:

• Learn about gear boxes and all of the components that are used in both assemblies and sub-assemblies

• Learn about pinions (small gears), torque arms, ring gears, and all of the elements that make up the gear box they produce

• Candidates will be trained by the EHS Manager on how to safely operate an overhead crane that they will then use to lift, hoist, and move the gear boxes throughout the facility. The overhead crane will be used to turn the gear boxes face up so that they can be taken apart. (There is no heavy lifting at this location as everything is done through crane operation - max weight lifted is 30 lbs. and it is not constant).

• Candidates will be required to disassemble the gear boxes that have bolts the size of a kitchen faucet. To loosen these bolts, candidates will be trained on how to use torque wrenches if required to be removed manually, or impact gun if a power tool is required.

• All employees will ultimately be trained on how to read or interpret their gear box documentation and step by step instructions. Although it may seem difficult, Flender reassures us that after a few months of training it will become second nature.

• IT IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL that when candidates are taking apart these gear boxes with housing failures that they locate and write down the serial number from each individual part. If one serial number is missed and the gear box is assembled, they will have to spend an entire day taking it apart to simply locate the serial number. Attention to detail is critical here.

Assembler Process:

  1. Parts Washing

• After doing basic training with the EHS Manager and learning how to safely operate an overhead crane, candidates will start in the parts washing area where they will learn all of the components that go into the sub-assemblies. These parts have to be washed as they have a wax coating to protect against corrosion.

  1. Sub Assembly

• Once the parts are washed they will then be moved into the sub-assembly department where candidates will be required to heat the parts into an oven so that the gears are warped into shape and can easily be put together when attempting assembly. This is not possible unless it is heated prior to assembly.

  1. Assembly

• Once the sub-assemblies are completed, candidates will then be required to operate the overhead crane and return the gear box back to its normal position where the exterior housing will be attached. Once this is completed, they will move to the final stage of assembly prior to being sent to the testing department.

  1. Customer Addon Assembly

• Many of these gear boxes are used for the same customer but certain ones require specific addons. For instance, candidates will need to read instructions on what needs to be attached to that specific gear box. Many of them feature pumps, wires, cables, and other applications. These fixtures will be mounted by using an impact wrench.


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Top Skills Details:

Mechanical Assembly

Hand and Power Tools

Blueprint Reading

Additional Skills & Qualifications:

Assembler Candidate Must Haves:

• Minimum of 1 year experience working as an Assembler in some capacity

• Experience using basic hand and power tools (i.e. construction, carpentry, auto-maintenance)

• Basic math skills (addition and subtraction)

• Willingness to learn new things as they will be cross-trained in various departments throughout their tenure

• ADA (validate good attendance, drive for results, and attitude through an exit reference**)

• HS Diploma OR GED Equivalent (Please obtain this from the candidate as it expedites the search)

Assembler Candidate Nice to Haves:

• 2+ years of mechanical assembly experience

• Torque wrench or impact gun utilization

• Overhead crane operating experience

• Previous gear box assembly experience

Experience Level:

Entry Level

About Aerotek:

We know that a company's success starts with its employees. We also know that an individual's success starts with the right career opportunity. As a Best of Staffing® Client and Talent leader, Aerotek's people-focused approach yields competitive advantage for our clients and rewarding careers for our contract employees. Since 1983, Aerotek has grown to become a leader in recruiting and staffing services. With more than 250 non-franchised offices, Aerotek's 8,000 internal employees serve more than 300,000 contract employees and 18,000 clients every year. Aerotek is an Allegis Group company, the global leader in talent solutions. Learn more at

The company is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all applications without regards to race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any characteristic protected by law.