Aircraft Assemblers and Aircraft Assembly Inspectors

Occupation:Mechanical, Electrical, and Electronics Assemblers
Category:Manufacturing and Utilities

About the job

Nature of work:

Mechanical, electrical and electronics assemblers include those who fabricate, assemble or inspect a wide variety of products. They are employed in plants that manufacture automobiles, vans, and light trucks. Others are employed by aircraft and aircraft subassembly manufacturers, electronics manufacturing plants, for electrical appliance and electrical equipment manufacturing companies, by machinery and transportation equipment manufacturers, or by other manufacturing companies.

Job duties:
The following is a summary of some of the duties performed by mechanical, electrical, and electronics assemblers:
  • Assemble, fit and install prefabricated parts to form subassemblies or finish products using hand and power tools.
  • Position, align and adjust parts for proper fit and assembly and connect cables, tubes and wires.
  • Fasten parts together using bolting and riveting equipment or other fastening and joining techniques.
  • Operate or tend automated assembling equipment, such as robotics and fixed automation equipment.
  • Operate small cranes to transport or position larger parts as required.
Mechanical, electrical, and electronics machine operators perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Operate machinery to assemble, test or package dry cell batteries.
  • Position lead acid storage batteries on assembly line and insert battery contents into casing.
  • Operate machinery, such as pasting and stacking machines, to fabricate plates for lead acid storage batteries.
  • Load machinery with glass tubes, bulbs and other parts used to produce incandescent, fluorescent and other types of light bulbs and tubes, and remove and pack finished product.
  • Operate or feed machinery and equipment to produce electrical wiring devices such as fuses, plugs, caps, sockets, connectors and switches.
  • Operate equipment to apply protective coatings to items such as freezer cabinets, small electric motors or transformer assemblies.
  • Perform minor repairs to items rejected from production line.
  • Set up and adjust production machinery and equipment for operation.
Inspectors and testers in this group perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Check in-process and completed production items for visual or mechanical defects or operate testing equipment to maintain quality of products.
  • Identify and mark acceptable and defective assemblies and return faulty assemblies to production for repair.
  • Collect, record and summarize inspection results.
  • Investigate equipment malfunction and instruct on proper operation.
  • Perform minor adjustments and repairs.
  • Electronics testers operate various test equipment and tools to perform simple electrical and continuity testing of electronic components, parts, and systems.
  • Motor vehicle inspectors check motor vehicle exterior priming and colour coats, sealers and glazers, and mark, record and report defects to be repaired; test motor vehicle electrical assemblies, equipment and wiring for proper performance; inspect auto parts and fully assembled motor vehicles for defects and to ensure that previously noted defects have been corrected; and drive and test motor vehicles on roll testing device to ensure that transmission, axle, engine and brakes function properly.
  • Aircraft assembly inspectors inspect aircraft assemblies, using measuring and testing equipment, for adherence to engineering specifications; inspect assemblies for alignment, symmetry, dimensions, fit and quality of workmanship; and complete detailed inspection documentation.
Sample job titles:
  • aircraft assembler
  • auto assembly worker
  • avionics assembler
  • battery maker
  • control panel technician - industrial electrical equipment
  • electrical appliance production assembler
  • electronics tester
  • farm equipment assembly inspector
  • light bulb maker
  • wheel and tire installer - automobile assembly

This work requires excellent spatial perception, form perception, and eye-to-finger coordination. You must be accurate and able to pay close attention to detail. A keen interest in working with machines and routine processes is necessary. You should also be physically fit and have good eyesight and hearing.

Job requirements:
  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • On-the-job training is usually provided.
  • College or other courses or programs may be required.
  • Inspectors may require experience as an assembler in the same company.
Other considerations:

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience while progression to inspector or tester is possible with a combination of experience and additional training. Self-employment in these jobs is rare, and work is not typically seasonal.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Undetermined

This is a moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Mechanical, Electrical, and Electronics Assemblers most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 65% of Mechanical, Electrical, and Electronics Assemblers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $38,756. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Aircraft Assemblers and Aircraft Assembly Inspectors815xxx
Minimum: $13.00
Median: $20.19
Maximum: $26.50
Minimum: $11,288
Median: $34,497
Maximum: $62,838
Occupations in Manufacturing and Utilities15,275Weak growth1,275Moderate
Minimum: $12.00
Median: $18.75
Maximum: $30.00
Minimum: $6,056
Median: $30,111
Maximum: $70,518
Aircraft Assemblers and Aircraft Assembly InspectorsCompared to: Occupations in Manufacturing and Utilities
Percent employed full-time96%87%
Percent self-employed3%3%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentAircraft Assemblers and Aircraft Assembly InspectorsCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Cape Breton3%x13%$32,974
Annapolis Valley11%$41,47313%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeAircraft Assemblers and Aircraft Assembly InspectorsCompared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities
% Employed% Employed
Median Age4745
GenderAircraft Assemblers and Aircraft Assembly InspectorsCompared to: Occupations in Manufacturing and Utilities
% Employed% Employed
EducationAircraft Assemblers and Aircraft Assembly InspectorsCompared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school12.0%$28,45722.9%$21,011
High school41.8%$27,84438.1%$28,358
Trades certificate13.6%$40,20312.4%$37,356
College certificate or diploma25.5%$31,05920.3%$36,968
University certificate or diplomaxx1.1%$35,915
Bachelor's degree5.4%$33,6074.4%$36,852
University advanced certificate or diplomaxx0.3%$55,581
Master's degreexx0.5%x
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryxx0.1%N/A
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.


Employment Requirements & Contacts

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Useful contacts:
Air Transport Association of Canada
255 Albert Street, Suite 700
Ottawa, ON K1P 6A9
Tel: (613) 233-7727
Fax: (613) 230-8648

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Adult high school/secondary diploma programs
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the high school level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.
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Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus
21 Woodlawn Road
Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7
(902) 491-4900
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus
5685 Leeds Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2T3
(902) 491-6722
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus
PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
(902) 875-8640
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385
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