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NOC Code: NOC Code: 9527 Occupation: Machine operators and inspectors, electrical apparatus manufacturing
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Machine operators in this unit group operate machinery or equipment to fabricate complete products or parts for use in the assembly of electrical appliances and equipment, and electrical apparatus, such as batteries, fuses and plugs. Inspectors in this unit group inspect and test completed parts and production items. Workers in this unit group are employed by electrical appliance and electrical equipment manufacturing companies. Machine operators in this unit group operate machinery or equipment to fabricate complete products or parts for use in the assembly of electrical appliances and equipment, and electrical apparatus, such as batteries, fuses and plugs. Inspectors in this unit group inspect and test completed parts and production items. 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 4
Writing Writing 1 2 3
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2 3
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2 3
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2 3


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Reading
  • Read notices from supervisors about changes to procedures. (1)
  • Read memos and bulletins or notices issued by the company about health and safety. (2)
  • Read technical information. For example, read a technical bulletin about the lamination process to ensure that a photoelectric cell conducts enough electricity. (2)
  • Read the standards associated with each product. (2)
  • Read manuals. For example, read transportation of dangerous goods (TDG) manual to get information about how to deal with an acid spill. (3)
  • Read Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) on new products. (3)
  • Synthesize information from a measuring machine manual and a laser cutter manual to learn how to complete a job. Both manuals are highly technical, lengthy and deal with computer-controlled equipment. (4)
  • Read the national electrical code. (4)
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Writing
  • Write comments on production forms to describe a problem. (1)
  • Write non-conformity reports to describe defects and rejections. (2)
  • Write letters to clients about the results of electrical equipment evaluations. (2)
  • Write notes to co-workers about production processes and use of equipment. (2)
  • Write reports to record the status of major activities. At the end of the year, compile the notes into a progress report. (3)
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Document Use
  • Read lists of suppliers and equipment manufacturers. (1)
  • Read log entries recording battery pickups to check that they match the numbers received. (1)
  • Read identification labels on boxes of screws, panels and final products. (1)
  • Check off items on the work order. (1)
  • Read test sheet forms for dry core transformers. (2)
  • Read tables showing product specifications. (2)
  • Read lists of temperatures for different types of coating materials. (2)
  • Read invoices and delivery sheets from suppliers to verify that numbers received match the numbers billed. (2)
  • Read schedules for the various ovens. (2)
  • Complete production data sheets showing the quantity and quality of products coming off the line. (2)
  • Read and interpret graphs when evaluating and testing electrical components such as breakers and transformers. (3)
  • Read assembly drawings in manuals in order to carry out repairs to equipment. (3)
  • Read schematic diagrams of equipment in engineering reports. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use computer-assisted design, manufacture or machining. For example, enter cutting data into the microprocessor of the dicing saw which is a computer numeric control (CNC) machine. (1)
  • Use a database. For example, access production records and inventory information. (2)
  • Use word processing. For example, write reports and letters to customers. (2)
  • Use a spreadsheet. For example, create tables. (3)
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Oral Communication
  • Interact with customers to sell batteries, explain warranties or point out where products are stored in the yard. (1)
  • Interact with suppliers regarding battery pickup schedules. (1)
  • Instruct other workers on how to use production equipment such as the lamination machine or saw. (2)
  • Participate in early morning meetings with managers and co-workers to discuss the daily work plan. (2)
  • Brief electrical engineers on survey and test results. (2)
  • Take directions from supervisors and discuss any problems encountered. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Take lamination temperatures and pressure readings from digital meters and computer screens. (1)
  • Read temperature gauges on ovens to maintain specified constant temperatures. (1)
  • Calculate the surface area of a solar cell to determine the voltage output. (2)
  • Measure the dimensions of electrical components using vernier callipers or micrometers. (3)
  • Measure electrical power and currents using precise equipment. (3)
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Data Analysis
  • Calculate the differential between metered power and that actually available for use. This calculation indicates the efficiency of electrical equipment and its power consumption. (2)
  • Interpret histograms showing product specifications across time to locate deviations from the norm. Make adjustments to procedures if necessary. (3)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the size of a complete transformer box by viewing one piece of the box. (1)
  • Estimate the total weight of batteries to be placed on a truck to ensure compliance with weight restrictions. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Machine operators and inspectors in electrical apparatus manufacturing are assigned jobs by their supervisors. The work is generally routine and repetitive, although there is some variation in the specifications of jobs. Operators and inspectors generally plan the sequence of their work tasks, taking into account customer deadlines and other scheduling factors. Planning is short term, focussing on the work of each day, although the daily work plan may be adjusted to take into consideration unexpected rush jobs. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide when to adjust the speed of a cutting blade or the depth of the cut on a solar cell. (1)
  • Decide whether to recondition a battery, based on initial testing. (1)
  • Decide whether to accept or reject products that come off the production line. (1)
  • Decide when to recommend to management that a problem machine be shut down for repairs. (2)
  • Decide what type of repair is required on a product. (2)
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Problem Solving
  • A shipment of bad parts is received. Notify the purchasing department so that it can resolve the matter with suppliers. (1)
  • There is a large amount of wastage when many products have been rejected. Examine the pieces to see if they can be corrected through remanufacturing, whether they can be used for a less exacting purpose or whether they should be scrapped. (2)
  • When checking a product template against blueprint specifications, it is found that the sizing is not accurate enough. Consult with co-workers and supervisors to determine what adjustments are necessary. (2)
  • Some of the completed solar panels do not meet design standards. Examine the production process, employee fabrication skills and machine settings to pinpoint the problem. (2)
  • Tolerances are so narrow that it is difficult to make adjustments on a transformer. Proceed with caution, using a trial and error approach. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Clarify production schedules by consulting managers. (1)
  • Look up technical information in reference manuals. (2)
  • Refer to a number of specification sheets to review and compare the standards and tolerances of a wide range of transformers. (3)
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