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NOC Code: NOC Code: 9532 Occupation: Furniture and fixture assemblers and inspectors
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Assemblers in this unit group assemble parts to form subassemblies or complete articles of furniture and fixtures. Inspectors in this unit group inspect furniture and fixture subassemblies and finished products to ensure product quality. They are employed by furniture manufacturing companies. Assemblers in this unit group assemble parts to form subassemblies or complete articles of furniture and fixtures. Inspectors in this unit group inspect furniture and fixture subassemblies and finished products to ensure product quality. They are employed by furniture manufacturing companies.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1 2
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2
Money Math Money Math 1
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 customers, outlining their requests. (1)
  • Read trade magazines to stay current on new products and processes. (2)
  • Read assembly instructions and instructions for the safe use of machine and hand tools. (2)
  • Read Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) about chemicals used for cleaning or finishing furniture. (3)
  • Read reference books about furniture making. (3)
  • Refer to manuals from manufacturers which describe how to assemble modularized furniture. (3)
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Writing
  • Write notes to co-workers to provide details of furniture design and construction and to record problems encountered. (1)
  • Write labels to attach to furniture pieces, outlining the destination and customer requests. (1)
  • Write work orders and changes to work orders. (1)
  • Write letters, such as letters to manufacturers to comment on the quality of materials received and letters to clients to confirm the terms of contracts. (2)
  • Fill in contract specification forms. (2)
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Document Use
  • Read lists, such as manufacturers' list prices for items, lists of supplies and customer information lists. (1)
  • Read signs, such as signs on boxes which indicate the contents of the boxes, whether they are fragile and which side should be facing upward. (1)
  • Refer to tables which show the characteristics of different grades of lumber. (2)
  • Recognize angles when cutting pieces of wood at specific angles. (2)
  • Read forms, such as shipping manifests, invoices or stock requests. (2)
  • Refer to specifications sheets for various types of furniture. (2)
  • Read labels, such as labels on paint cans. (2)
  • Complete forms, such as order forms, work contract forms and deficiency reports. (2)
  • Read assembly diagrams when putting pieces of furniture together. (3)
  • Take measurements from scale drawings in order to cut materials and ensure precise fitting of parts. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use computer applications, such as computer-operated machinery. Use computerized table saws, jigsaws or presses. (1)
  • Use communications software. For example, send email messages to suppliers. (1)
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Oral Communication
  • Interact with suppliers to order lumber and to verify shipments. (1)
  • Receive instructions from supervisors and seek their approval for changes in design or deadlines. (2)
  • Communicate with customers about their orders and changes which they have requested. (2)
  • Interact with co-workers to update them on work projects and share information about how to operate tools. (2)
  • Discuss promotional issues with sales representatives. (2)
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Money Math
  • Accept payments from customers and make change. (1)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Schedule priorities and the time allocations for specific tasks within projects. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure hardware parts to ensure that they meet installation specifications. (1)
  • Calculate the number of board feet in a pile of lumber. (2)
  • Measure curved and irregular materials. (3)
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Data Analysis
  • Compare the speed of completing desk drawers over a period of time to track the rate of improvement. (1)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the number of pieces that can be cut from one piece of wood. (1)
  • Estimate the length of time required to complete jobs. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Furniture and fixture assemblers and inspectors plan their work in response to the volume of orders. Many tasks are routine; however, there is variety in the work since they may be working on several different product lines at the same time. Priorities may need to be adjusted from time to time to respond to urgent orders. Since their work is dependent on having all the correct materials on hand, job task planning and organizing focusses on planning resource needs carefully. They co-ordinate their tasks with co-workers to maximize efficiency. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide which tools are most appropriate for assembling specific products. (1)
  • Decide whether to glue or discard cracked pieces of wood. (1)
  • Decide what kinds of wood to use for particular jobs. (2)
  • Decide on the most efficient way to lay out pieces on wood sheets in order to reduce waste. (2)
  • Decide on the sequence of work, based on customer needs and the availability of all parts needed to complete an order. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • All jobs cannot be completed in the time promised to customers. Request overtime or ask that other workers be assigned to help. (2)
  • There is a piece of furniture that doesn't strip easily. Try a variety of products and techniques or call suppliers to look for a suitable stripping product. (2)
  • There are errors in furniture assembly pieces, such as misaligned drawer faces. Either repair the item on site or send it back to the manufacturer. (2)
  • There is not enough lumber available to complete a job. Designs may be altered or other materials substituted. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Refer to sketches and specifications of furniture to clarify assembly instructions. (1)
  • Read manuals to find information on specific assembly problems. (2)
  • Consult manufacturers to get information on how to assemble new or unfamiliar products. (2)
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