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NOC Code: NOC Code: 9524 Occupation: Assemblers and inspectors, electrical appliance, apparatus and equipment manufacturing
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Assemblers in this unit group assemble prefabricated parts to produce household, commercial and industrial appliances and equipment. Inspectors in this unit group inspect and test assembled products. Workers who set up and prepare assembly lines for operation are included in this unit group. Workers in this unit group are employed by electrical appliance and electrical equipment manufacturing companies. Assemblers in this unit group assemble prefabricated parts to produce household, commercial and industrial appliances and equipment. Inspectors in this unit group inspect and test assembled products. Workers who set up and prepare assembly lines for operation are included in this unit group. Workers in this unit group are employed by electrical appliance and electrical equipment manufacturing companies.

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


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Reading
  • Read notes from the supervisor to receive instructions on such matters as procedural changes and run quantities. (1)
  • Refer to the comments section in quality assurance binders to find out why parts are not available and what may be used as replacement parts. (2)
  • Read health and safety notices posted on bulletin boards to apply safe working practices on the job. (2)
  • Read company newsletters to stay abreast of corporate news. (2)
  • Read bulletins from the International Standards Organization (ISO) and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) to interpret and apply quality standards in the performance of their job tasks. (3)
  • Read defect reports to ensure product quality. (3)
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Writing
  • Write reminder notes about what is to be done. (1)
  • Complete a variety of forms, such as part count forms, warranty cards, time cards, non-conformance reports and witness test sheets, to record information about the use of material and human resources in assembling products. (2)
  • Write status reports to describe defects and problems encountered in the performance of quality audits. (Inspectors and testers in electrical appliance, apparatus and equipment manufacturing) (3)
  • Write a failure mode and effects analysis report to describe product performance tests completed and the corresponding results, justifying the claims made about parts failures. (Inspectors and testers in electrical appliance, apparatus and equipment manufacturing) (4)
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Document Use
  • Read parts lists prepared by the leadhand to ensure that the parts necessary for each assembly are on hand. (1)
  • Complete assembly checklists to ensure that all components have been installed in each unit. (1)
  • Read Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) labels on products, such as argon gases and thinners, to follow safety procedures. (2)
  • Read schedules posted by the manufacturer to receive work assignments. (2)
  • Interpret blueprints to ascertain the assembly requirements of specific components. (3)
  • Interpret assembly drawings to verify measurements and the sequence to be followed in assembling prefabricated parts. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use computer-controlled equipment. For example, calibrate instruments and scan bar codes. (1)
  • Use a spreadsheet. For example, prepare forms, such as the rejection report. (2)
  • Use a database. For example, search for parts data, enter data and print out labels to affix to completed products. (2)
  • Use word processing. For example, produce forms. (2)
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Oral Communication
  • Listen to announcements made by the leadhand, foreperson or operations manager to receive information. (1)
  • Interact with the leadhand or supervisor to receive parts lists, discuss quality problems and advise them when leaving the work station. (1)
  • Interact with suppliers to obtain information on the availability of parts or to explain rejection reports. (1)
  • Communicate with co-workers during the course of the shift to exchange information and troubleshoot assembly problems. (2)
  • Communicate with employees at all levels of the company during production meetings to discuss work processes and quality problems. (2)
  • Present proposed solutions to problems and suggestions for improving work processes to lead hands or supervisors. (3)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Monitor production schedules by recording the number of assemblies completed at a given time. (1)
  • Collaboratively schedule work assignments during team meetings, determining who will do what and how long it should take, and then individually schedule own work accordingly. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Take measurements to perform such tasks as cutting wire to specific lengths or marking where to cut holes on sheet metal for the wiring. (1)
  • Measure the angles of assemblies using a protractor. (2)
  • Take precise measurements using specialized measurement equipment, such as micrometers and scaling resistors, to ensure that appliances and equipment are in conformance with quality standards. (3)
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Data Analysis
  • Compare data obtained from testing equipment to specification limits in ensuring product quality. (1)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate how much time an overrun will take. (2)
  • Estimate the number of stock items required for a two-week period to ensure continuous operation of assembly lines. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Assemblers and inspectors in electrical appliance, apparatus and equipment manufacturing perform repetitive tasks. Job rotation is often used to reduce boredom by adding a measure of variety. Their work priorities and deadlines are often set by others, such as leadhands and supervisors. In companies which have adopted team principles, work priorities, assignments and production schedules are set during daily team meetings. Most assemblers using work benches are responsible for sequencing their own job tasks and the choices made in this regard impact efficiency. On the other hand, most assemblers working on assembly lines do little planning and organizing of their job tasks. Most inspectors and testers have wide scope to determine the order of their tasks to ensure product quality. The day's work plan is often disrupted by mechanical and quality problems which must be resolved before returning to their work plan. Some co-ordination of their work plan with the work of co-workers and supervisors is required. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide whether to use a part not specified in the schematic, for example, a screw. (1)
  • Decide the timing and sample size for performance of quality audits. (2)
  • Decide what replacement parts to use when the prescribed parts are not available, considering the impact on quality. (2)
  • Decide the most effective way to assemble and wire components, such as refrigerator motors. (3)
  • Decide whether the products assembled meet quality standards when they have been modified slightly from the blueprinted design. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • Equipment, such as a glue gun, is not working properly. Refer to the schematic if taking the equipment apart seems necessary. (1)
  • A rivet does not fit. Check the pick list (i.e., parts list provided by the leadhand) to verify whether the prescribed rivet is being used. If the correct rivet is being used, cross-reference the original documentation on material requirements to determine whether the part number was transferred correctly. (2)
  • The parts shown on the 'pick list' cannot be found. Identify what other parts may be used as substitutes and where to find these parts efficiently to maintain production. (2)
  • A new design has been introduced and a technical problem has been traced to the product's design. Learn more about the problem and identify possible solutions, sharing this information with the design technicians or engineers. (3)
  • A test has shown that there is insufficient current passing through an electrical control panel that has just been assembled. Conduct additional tests and review schematic diagrams to determine the root cause of the problem and repair it, consulting with more experienced assemblers or the supervisors if necessary. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Refer to assembly drawings to find information on the sequence of tasks required to assemble appliances. (1)
  • Refer to documents on material requirements to find out whether the parts list is accurate. (1)
  • Speak with the foreperson or co-workers to find information on how to troubleshoot problems. (2)
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