Furniture and Fixture Assemblers and Inspectors

Occupation:Furniture and Other Wood Products Finishers, Assemblers, and Inspectors
Category:Manufacturing and Utilities

About the job

Nature of work:

This group includes those who make, assemble, and finish a wide variety of products or inspect the finished products for quality. Furniture and fixture assemblers and other wood products assemblers are employed by establishments engaged in manufacturing furniture and a variety of other wood and millwork products. Furniture finishers are employed in furniture manufacturing plants, retail furniture stores or refinishing and repair shops. Furniture refinishers are employed in furniture refinishing and repair shops or they may be self-employed.

Job duties:
Furniture and other wood products assemblers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Prepare, sand and trim wooden furniture and fixture parts, sand joints, moulding, or other wooden parts to be assembled using hand and power tools.
  • Assemble wooden or metal furniture and fixture parts to form subassemblies and complete articles using hand and power tools.
  • Assemble a combination of parts made of wood, metal, plastic, cane or other materials to form subassemblies or complete furniture articles.
  • Assemble wood products such as window sashes, doors, boxes, pallets, ladders and barrels using glue, staples, screws, bolts or other fasteners.
  • Assemble door panels, trusses, modular components and other parts on assembly line to make prefabricated housing using jigs, overhead cranes and hand and power tools.
  • Reinforce assembled furniture, fixtures, and other assembled products with dowels or other supports.
  • Install hardware such as hinges or clasps on furniture and fixtures.
  • May assist with maintenance of machinery.
Furniture and other wood products inspectors perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Inspect furniture and fixture subassemblies and finished products, and other wood products for conformance to quality standards.
  • Mark defective parts or products for repair.
  • Make minor adjustments and repairs.
  • Record information on products inspected.
Furniture finishers and refinishers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Set up and operate finishing machines or finish furniture by hand.
  • Strip old finish from wood surfaces using steel wool, sandpaper and solvents.
  • Smooth gouges with wood filler and sand wood.
  • Make minor repairs to furniture.
  • Stain or finish wood to specified colour with stains, paints or other materials using brush or spray gun or match colours to obtain original finish and apply appropriate finish to stripped wood.
  • Apply toners, highlights, glazes or shaders to obtain desired finish.
  • Apply lacquer or other sealers.
  • Decorate wood surfaces or mark surfaces to create antique or other effects using hand and power tools.
  • Clean, polish, and wax furniture.
  • Sand metal furniture to prepare for finish and spray with paint or other materials.
Sample job titles:
  • antiquer - furniture finishing
  • bed assembler
  • chair assembler
  • furniture and fixtures assembler
  • furniture stainer
  • mattress maker
  • prefab housing assembler
  • wood finisher
  • wood products assembler
  • wooden truss maker

These jobs require mechanical aptitude and physical fitness. Good spatial perception, form perception, and hand-eye coordination are important. You must be accurate and attentive to detail.

Job requirements:
  • Some secondary school education may be required.
  • On-the-job training is usually provided.
  • Experience as a labourer in the same company may be required.
  • Experience as an assembler may be required for inspectors.
  • Completion of college or other courses may be required for certain jobs.
Other considerations:

Mobility is possible between jobs in this group while progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Fair

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline moderately over the next few years, which will likely limit the number of new opportunities available. 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. Furniture and Other Wood Products Finishers, Assemblers, and Inspectors most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically temporary positions (such as a term, contract, or casual work).

The median employment income for 49% of Furniture and Other Wood Products Finishers, Assemblers, and Inspectors who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $32,230. 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
Furniture and Fixture Assemblers and Inspectors300Decline35Moderate
Minimum: $12.30
Median: $16.00
Maximum: $21.47
Minimum: $2,928
Median: $24,797
Maximum: $49,502
All NS Occupations427,305Weak growth33,315Moderate
Minimum: $11.00
Median: $19.89
Maximum: $40.00
Minimum: $2,872
Median: $29,983
Maximum: $83,126
Furniture and Fixture Assemblers and InspectorsCompared to: All NS Occupations
Percent employed full-time83%78%
Percent self-employed0%10%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentFurniture and Fixture Assemblers and InspectorsCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Cape Breton6%x13%$32,974
Annapolis Valley19%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeFurniture and Fixture Assemblers and InspectorsCompared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities
% Employed% Employed
Median Agex45
GenderFurniture and Fixture Assemblers and InspectorsCompared to: All NS Occupations
% Employed% Employed
EducationFurniture and Fixture Assemblers and InspectorsCompared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school17.6%$32,96822.9%$21,011
High school35.9%$26,74838.1%$28,358
Trades certificate7.6%x12.4%$37,356
College certificate or diploma26.7%$29,66320.3%$36,968
University certificate or diplomaxx1.1%$35,915
Bachelor's degree6.9%x4.4%$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.


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Useful contacts:
63 Otter Lake Court, 2nd Floor
Halifax, NS B3S 1M1
Tel: (902) 455-9327

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
Program Name:Woodworking - General
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that generally prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to lay out and shape stock; assemble wooden articles or subassemblies; mark, bind, saw, carve, and sand wooden products; repair wooden articles, and use a variety of hand and power tools.
There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.
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