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NOC Code: NOC Code: 9523 Occupation: Electronic assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Electronics assemblers and fabricators assemble and fabricate electronic equipment, parts and components. Electronics inspectors and testers inspect and test electronic and electromechanical assemblies, subassemblies, parts and components to ensure conformance to prescribed standards. They are employed in electronics manufacturing plants. Electronics assemblers and fabricators assemble and fabricate electronic equipment, parts and components. Electronics inspectors and testers inspect and test electronic and electromechanical assemblies, subassemblies, parts and components to ensure conformance to prescribed standards. They are employed in electronics manufacturing plants.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3 4
Writing Writing 1 2 3
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3 4
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3
Money Math Money Math 1 2
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3 4
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2 3
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2 3
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 3


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Reading
  • Read work order or purchase order forms giving details about customers and job specifications. (1)
  • Read notes on assembly drawings to learn where to use heat shrink tubing or to identify locations for gluing and soldering. (1)
  • Read memos and email from supervisors or the research department concerning changes in schedules, policies or procedures, rush orders or pilot runs. (1)
  • Review government standards for fabricating electronic equipment. (2)
  • Read descriptions of the steps in the assembly process. (2)
  • Read equipment and operating manuals, specifying the proper assembly and testing procedures for electronic equipment. (3)
  • Read software and hardware manuals to learn the functions of parts, system requirements, specifications for troubleshooting and to synthesize information which will aid in solutions to assembly problems. (4)
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Writing
  • Write notes to other workers to clarify instructions or to describe the symptoms of problems to repair departments. (1)
  • Write log book entries to record work completed and to inform the next shift of events. (1)
  • Write changes on material lists when the original lists are incorrect or incomplete. (1)
  • Write letters or memos to vendors to ask about problems that may have arisen with components. (2)
  • Write minutes for problem solving meetings. (2)
  • Write notes to supervisors to specify the need for parts and process modifications, such as changing chips or sensor data. (2)
  • Write detailed nonconformity reports and test reports, describing defects found while testing. (3)
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Document Use
  • Read alphanumeric codes on boxes of electrical parts to verify the contents. (1)
  • Complete customer packing lists and read bar codes for products. (1)
  • Complete checklists, documenting the results of tests and noting abnormalities. (1)
  • Read work orders to verify serial numbers and the completion of stages. (2)
  • Read product, parts and hardware lists to become familiar with tolerances associated with the products. (2)
  • Complete schedules and timesheet to keep track of production, work hours and appointments with customers. (2)
  • Read instruction and parts labels on cables and wires, testing equipment, computers and tools, showing the location of parts or brief user instructions. (2)
  • Complete pre-test defect reports noting items to be sent to the repair department. (2)
  • Refer to pictures and sketches provided by operations managers or lead hands to explain job specifications or procedures. (2)
  • Complete sheets which record test data and give directions to ship, hold or reject products. (2)
  • Interpret test results in graph format such as temperature versus frequency or voltage over time to distinguish unacceptable from acceptable levels. (3)
  • Interpret and take measurements from scale drawings and diagrams to compare, test or confirm specifications of system parts. (4)
  • Read and integrate blueprints, assembly drawings and specifications to determine the correct assembly of electronic components and the location of parts. (4)
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Digital Technology
  • Use computer-assisted design, manufacture or machining. For example, program and set equipment by touching screens, responding to prompts and entering predefined codes. (1)
  • Use computer applications. For example, use computer-automated test software or computerized digital multimeters and oscilloscopes. (1)
  • Use a database. For example, use repair department databases to describe repair requests to service people and to locate parts. (2)
  • Use word processing. For example, type reports and minutes of meetings. (2)
  • Use communications software. For example, send and receive email messages. (2)
  • Use a spreadsheet. For example, enter figures into spreadsheets to keep track of parts, returns and production progress. (2)
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Oral Communication
  • Interact with suppliers to request and order electronic components and other materials. (1)
  • Interact with co-workers to learn the location of materials, to borrow tools, seek an opinion or ask how to complete a job. (1)
  • Receive information from lead hands and store operators regarding parts or job tasks. (1)
  • Interact with customers to get information on customer needs and to provide them with details of product specifications, upgrades and pricing. (2)
  • Tell customers how to use and repair products that have been made for them. (2)
  • Discuss parts, troubleshooting problems and changes to work assignments with other workers. (2)
  • Explain to workers how to assemble and test components. (2)
  • As technical experts, may provide instruction to equipment operators. (2)
  • Chair meetings when acting as a project co-ordinator for a project. The progress of the project is discussed at these meetings. (3)
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Money Math
  • Calculate bills, including costs for materials and labour. (2)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Monitor schedules to determine how much work is still to be completed, ensuring that the time spent on jobs is within the time quoted to customers. (1)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure parts and assembling equipment, such as the width of computer boards and lengths of cables, wires and bolts to compare them to specifications. (1)
  • Take electronic measurements to ensure that products meet quality standards. (1)
  • Measure amperage with current meters to check or calibrate circuits. (2)
  • Measure the input, output, reference voltages and radio frequency on data collection systems. (3)
  • When developing a prototype or manufacturing a product, may use basic trigonometry and geometry to calculate the angles at which specific component parts must be placed in relation to each other. (4)
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Data Analysis
  • Calculate average production amounts and the percentage of errors to plot in charts and share with staff at meetings. (2)
  • Analyze patterns of input voltage values and the impact they have on voltage output values over time. (3)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate expected ranges for volts, amps or frequencies. (1)
  • Estimate the lengths of wire needed for assemblies in order to cut the approximate amount. (2)
  • Estimate the time required to complete a job in order to prepare bids. The estimate is based on past experience, the quality of products being manufactured and the labour involved. (3)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Electronic assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers receive their work schedules from supervisors, based on customer demands and the availability of parts. They may change the order of job tasks to improve efficiency, bearing in mind deadlines for products. Work may be interrupted by questions from customers and staff, rush orders, other areas needing help and workers requiring training. Tasks are usually repetitive; however, work may be resumed easily after disruptions. At the beginning of the day, electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers generally organize their tasks, using agenda books, and co-ordinate the sharing of tools or parts with other workers. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide whether to perform simple repairs rather than send products to repair departments and whether to scrap parts. (1)
  • Decide whether or not specifications and instructions for new products are sufficiently accurate and clear. If not, may decide to add notes to specifications to clarify the production process. (2)
  • Decide which components require repair and whether to return products to their first assembly point. (2)
  • Decide which orders to fill first or what units should be built or tested next, considering who the customer is, how urgent the order is, if the necessary stock is available, how long it will take to acquire missing stock, which workers are available and the supervisor's priorities. (3)
  • Make technical decisions regarding substitution of parts which are not available and the use of parts not specified in schematic drawings. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • The wrong parts have been installed on products or parts are missing. Gather up the wrong parts and order new ones. (1)
  • There are parts that do not fit. Check lists to confirm that the right part number was used and, if necessary, substitute parts to reach solutions. (2)
  • A shortage of parts has caused production delays. Work with other units to get work back on schedule or reschedule tasks. (2)
  • After testing equipment, it is found that cable assemblies do not work. Check connections, placement of wires and soldering. Consult supervisors if the problem cannot be found. (2)
  • Some components have been assembled incorrectly on circuit boards. Check specifications and drawings, gather the correct stock and replace the components. (2)
  • There are incorrect settings on equipment. Make corrections by referring to assembly manuals, checking repair databases or asking co-workers, foremen and engineers for assistance. (2)
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Finding Information
  • Refer to drawings in drawing storage bins before completing repairs. (1)
  • Call suppliers to find out about parts specifications. (1)
  • Refer to electronic component data books to find proper component operating characteristics and manufacturer specifications. (2)
  • Consult engineers, research technicians, vendors and repair staff to learn more about job assignments and requirements. (2)
  • Refer to assembly manuals, specifications, blueprints and assembly or schematic drawings to find information about assembly procedures. (3)
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