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NOC Code: NOC Code: 9522 Occupation: Motor vehicle assemblers, inspectors and testers
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Motor vehicle assemblers assemble and install prefabricated motor vehicle parts and components to form subassemblies and finished motor vehicles. Motor vehicle inspectors and testers inspect and test parts, subassemblies, accessories and finished products to ensure proper performance and conformity to quality standards. They are employed in plants which manufacture automobiles, vans and light trucks. Motor vehicle assemblers assemble and install prefabricated motor vehicle parts and components to form subassemblies and finished motor vehicles. Motor vehicle inspectors and testers inspect and test parts, subassemblies, accessories and finished products to ensure proper performance and conformity to quality standards. They are employed in plants which manufacture automobiles, vans and light trucks.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1 2 3
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2


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Reading
  • Read notes from previous shifts describing problems or defects encountered, and notes from customers or supervisors, giving instructions. (1)
  • Read booklets which give descriptions of parts. (2)
  • Read memos and bulletins from manufacturers, explaining engineering or design changes to parts of the assembly and giving details about various models. (2)
  • Read inspection standards and test procedure updates from the company's head office. (2)
  • Read a variety of manuals to understand such subjects as installation procedures and troubleshooting guidelines and to find information about electrical systems. (3)
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Writing
  • Write notes to co-workers on the next shift, explaining changes to procedures or problems encountered. (1)
  • Complete inspection reports. (2)
  • Write amendments to work orders if it is found that parts need to be replaced or refitted. (2)
  • Write letters to suppliers to describe a problem or inquire about delivery dates of parts. (2)
  • Write reports to explain customized assembly requirements, such as the need for different fittings when assembling a vehicle for a person with a disability. (3)
  • Write recommended changes to procedures and suggestions to team leaders. (3)
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Document Use
  • Read supplier lists and lists of bin numbers, parts numbers and colours. (1)
  • Read signs and labels, such as caution signs and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) labels. (1)
  • Read work orders and repair estimates. (2)
  • Refer to tables showing specifications of various parts. (2)
  • Read information on television screens in the plant to keep up to date on production goals and how well they are being met. (2)
  • Read forms, such as final inspection forms, parts order forms and material return forms. (2)
  • Read job rotation schedules. (2)
  • Complete forms, such as inspection forms, order forms and travel sheets which record engine serial numbers for specific installations. (2)
  • Read assembly drawings showing the correct placement of parts. (3)
  • Refer to graphs to compare the number of defects from week to week. (3)
  • Read schematic diagrams showing the routing of wiring in a vehicle. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use computer applications. For example, use computer-controlled machinery which measures and adjusts the torque on bolts and provides feedback on whether the transmission is ready to move to the next station. (1)
  • Use specialized technical software packages for testing. (2)
  • Use a database. For example, search a database to locate parts. (2)
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Oral Communication
  • Communicate with suppliers and drivers delivering stock to clarify the order. (1)
  • Consult with team leaders before beginning the shifts. (2)
  • Interact with supervisors to receive instructions and to discuss changes in assembly procedures or specific problems encountered. (2)
  • Interact with co-workers to exchange information about installation procedures and the sequencing of the assembly. (2)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Keep track of the amount of time taken to complete tasks. (1)
  • Schedule the ordering of supplies, taking into account distance from the supplier and the time needed for delivery. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Take readings of voltage, amperage and ohms and ensure they are within the specified range. (1)
  • Measure panels to determine the space between drill holes. (1)
  • Measure materials for assembly on vehicles and the distance between parts to establish clearances. (1)
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Data Analysis
  • Calculate the average defects per unit of parts per supplier to record on supplier information sheets. (2)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the length of carpeting remaining in a roll or the dimensions of plastic remaining in a sheet when determining how much to cut. (1)
  • Estimate the type and number of parts that will be needed during a shift. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Motor vehicle assemblers follow instructions set by their supervisors. Their daily task planning is limited, for the most part, to ensuring that all necessary parts are available. (1)
  • Inspectors and testers plan and organize at a higher level than motor vehicle assemblers. They determine their priorities based on special instructions given by the team leader before the shift starts. They co-ordinate activities with other parts of the organization, such as the repair shop and the supply depot. Their planning takes into consideration the need to ensure continuous operation of the assembly line. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Make quality decisions, such as whether to send a piece of trim back to be straightened. (1)
  • Decide whether a cosmetic flaw is within acceptable standards. (1)
  • Decide on the most effective way to ensure continuity in the line when stock is getting low. (2)
  • Decide whether the repair of a defective part has been adequately performed or whether it should be rejected again. (2)
  • Decide what tests to conduct when a vehicle is not working properly when test driven. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • A wire harness has one wire missing. Determine the colour and rating of the wire from wiring schematics, then add it. (1)
  • There is a defect in the electrical system of the vehicle which is causing a short circuit. Test several wires and connections until the wire that is causing the problem is found. (2)
  • Some parts do not fit evenly even though they meet specifications. Look beyond the immediate problem to see why the part does not fit. It might be due to a slight twist in the frame. Take action to ensure that the defective work will be repaired before further assembly takes place. (2)
  • Some workers are not using an effective method to install parts, causing problems with some vehicles. Assess the methods being used and give advice. For instance, there may be a suggestion to use a rubber mallet to install a roof rack rather then simply installing it by hand. (2)
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Finding Information
  • Consult team leaders and suppliers to get information on scheduling or on the delivery dates of parts. (1)
  • Use a computer tracking system or a parts book to locate parts in the plant. (2)
  • Refer to schematic diagrams to find information on electrical circuitry. (2)
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