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NOC Code: NOC Code: 9526 Occupation: Mechanical assemblers and inspectors
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Assemblers in this unit group assemble a wide variety of mechanical products such as trucks, buses, snowmobiles, garden tractors, automotive engines, transmissions, outboard motors, gearboxes, hydraulic pumps and sewing machines. Inspectors in this unit group check and inspect subassemblies and finished products to ensure proper quality and product specifications. They are employed by machinery and transportation equipment manufacturers and by other manufacturing companies. Assemblers in this unit group assemble a wide variety of mechanical products such as trucks, buses, snowmobiles, garden tractors, automotive engines, transmissions, outboard motors, gearboxes, hydraulic pumps and sewing machines. Inspectors in this unit group check and inspect subassemblies and finished products to ensure proper quality and product specifications. They are employed by machinery and transportation equipment manufacturers and by other manufacturing companies.

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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 3
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3 4
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2 3
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2 3


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Reading
  • Read agendas and notes posted on bulletin boards to obtain information on meetings held in the plant related to safety or teamwork. (1)
  • Read trade magazines to stay abreast of industry trends and new techniques. (2)
  • Read service bulletins issued by manufacturing companies, such as automotive and farm machinery firms, to learn about design faults and how to repair related problems. (2)
  • Read specifications to install components, such as air conditioning refrigeration units. (3)
  • Refer to technical manuals to learn about new assemblies and to find information about mechanical products such as engines and transmissions. (3)
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Writing
  • Jot reminder notes about parts numbers. (1)
  • Write memos to buyers at head office to inform them of parts substitutions that were made so that they may in turn communicate this information to dealers. (2)
  • Write explanatory comments about assembly instructions to learn how to assemble new mechanical products. (2)
  • Complete a variety of forms, such as time tickets, work orders, inspection sheets and defect forms, to record information about quality control and the use of material and human resources in assembling mechanical products. (2)
  • Write detailed comments of up to a page in length on work order forms to explain and the need for the work performed and justify related costs to customers. (3)
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Document Use
  • Use checklists as prompts for sequencing assembly tasks and to record that each step was completed. (1)
  • Read parts lists to ensure that the parts necessary for each assembly are on hand. (1)
  • Read work orders to obtain information about the customers' set up preferences. (2)
  • Read tables to find data, such as torque limits, and formulae for tongue weights of trailers. (2)
  • Read Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) labels on products, such as solvents and chemicals, to follow safety procedures. (2)
  • Interpret three dimensional pictures which use exploded drawings to show how parts are assembled. (3)
  • Take measurements from blueprints to identify what and where to cut. (3)
  • Interpret assembly and schematic drawings to troubleshoot technical problems with subassemblies and finished products. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use other computer applications. For example, use computer-controlled machinery to read diagnostic information. (1)
  • Use communications software. For example, forward faxes to head office and post questions on electronic bulletin boards linking dealers across North America. (2)
  • Use a database. For example, access technical information and enter production data. (2)
  • Use word processing. For example, prepare memos. (2)
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Oral Communication
  • Listen to instructions called out from the other end of the floor. (1)
  • Interact with suppliers to place orders or to discuss problems with supplies, such as bonding adhesives. (2)
  • Communicate with co-workers to co-ordinate work and to exchange information about procedures and technical problems. (2)
  • Interact with the supervisor to receive work assignments and to troubleshoot assembly and quality problems. (2)
  • Communicate with seasonal employees and helpers to assign tasks, provide on-the-job training and oversee their work. (2)
  • Interact with assemblers to check subassemblies, inspect finished products for proper quality and to discuss quality control problems. (Inspectors) (3)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Schedule work for assemblers, taking into consideration factors such as the availability of parts and deadlines. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Take measurements to perform such tasks as cutting wire to specific lengths or drilling holes in the correct location. (1)
  • Measure parts, compare to specifications and adjust the fit. (1)
  • Take precise measurements using specialized measurement equipment, such as micrometers and callipers, to ensure that equipment meets the prescribed tolerances. (3)
  • Use formulae to calculate hydraulic pressure when performing custom work on hydraulic pumps or to set the ballast weights on tractors. (4)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate by sight how many components will fit in a cabinet to determine how many cabinets will be required. (1)
  • Estimate the length of time required to do a job, considering the time required to complete each step of the assembly. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Most mechanical assemblers and inspectors have some variety in their work activities as they work with different types and models of mechanical products; however, the work may be repetitious. Work priorities and deadlines are usually set by forepersons and supervisors who allocate work at the beginning of each shift. Within this framework, they have considerable scope to plan and organize their job tasks and the choices made in this regard greatly impact efficiency. They co-ordinate their work plans with the work plans of co-workers to schedule access to shared tools and equipment. Inspectors co-ordinate their work plans with assemblers to perform such tasks as checking electrical assemblies and wiring for proper connections. The day's work plan is occasionally disrupted by mechanical and quality problems which must be resolved immediately. (3)
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Decision Making
  • Decide whether to fix an ill-fitting part or get a replacement, remaining accountable for discarded parts. (1)
  • Decide when to substitute a more expensive part when the recommended part is not immediately available to meet a deadline. Seek approval from the supervisor for this type of decision. (1)
  • Decide what supplies to buy, in what quantity and from which supplier. For example, decide what gauge of steel to buy based on the kind of trailer a customer wants. The wrong decision would be costly to the company and delay assembly. (2)
  • Decide on the allocation of job assignments, considering factors such as work priorities and a worker's competencies. (3)
  • Decide whether mechanical products adhere to quality control standards. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • There is a shortage of parts. If possible, the work may be completed by using substitute parts. (1)
  • A part will not fit after several adjustments were made. Consider various options to modify the part, such as redrilling or grinding it, and test the part at different stages of modification for the proper fit. (2)
  • It is evident that an assembly drawing is incorrect. Determine whether you have the skill and experience to identify and correct the error, consulting with co-workers or the cell leader if other opinions are required. (2)
  • A hoist creeps down instead of remaining stationary. Perform visual inspections and tests to isolate what may be causing the problem, such as leaks of air or oil in the system, before making the appropriate repairs. (3)
  • It is found that a hydraulic pump is getting insufficient pressure. Check the oil and pump components, for example, to isolate the cause of the problem. Diagnosing the root cause of the problem is often more complex than implementing the solution, which may be as simple as removing dirt. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Read parts lists and parts catalogues to request materials from the parts depot. (1)
  • Ask questions using an electronic service bulletin board, linking dealers across North America, to seek technical advice or to learn about new products and processes. (2)
  • Refer to multiple manuals to find and synthesize information needed when troubleshooting technical problems. (3)
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