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Mechanical Assemblers and Inspectors

What they do?

Assemblers in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Test and check electrical assemblies and wiring for proper connections

B. Perform minor adjustments and repairs.

C. Assemble, fit and install prefabricated parts to form subassemblies or finish products using hand and power tools

D. Position, align and adjust parts for proper fit and assembly and connect cables, tubes and wires

E. Fasten parts together using bolting and riveting equipment or other fastening and joining techniques

F. Operate or tend automated assembling equipment, such as robotics and fixed automation equipment

G. Operate small cranes to transport or position larger parts as required.

Where they find work?

1. Motor vehicle parts manufacturing - 27.0%
2. Machinery manufacturing - 18.0%
3. Motor vehicle manufacturing - 13.0%
4. Motor vehicle body and trailer manufacturing - 11.0%
5. Fabricated metal product manufacturing - 5.0%
6. Wholesale trade - 4.0%
7. Other transportation equipment manufacturing - 4.0%

What education do I need?

1. Some secondary school education is required.

2. Up to two years of on-the-job training are provided.

3. Experience as a mechanical assembler may be required for inspectors in this unit group.

4. Most recent entrants have a trade/vocational certificate, and almost 3 in 10 have a Community College diploma.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. English
3. Mechanics
4. Industrial Arts (Electronics)

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Mechanical Assemblers and Inspectors is $17.54/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the processing, manufacturing and utilities sector and are close to the average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at a below-average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Mechanical Assemblers and Inspectors wages

Expected Wage by Age

Mechanical Assemblers and Inspectors Wage By Age


7% of Mechanical Assemblers and Inspectors are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for intermediate occupations.


Mechanical Assemblers and Inspectors Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Mechanical Assemblers and Inspectors Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Mechanical Assemblers and Inspectors is considered Below Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($17.54) are close to the average ($18.07),and the rate of wage growth is below the average.

3. The unemployment rate (7%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Below Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be above average.

2. Although the retirement rate will likely be average, the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely match the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations Mechanical Assemblers and Inspectors are found in Ontario and Manitoba while the lowest concentrations are in Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (45%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Accuracy

2. Mental measurement/calculations

3. Troubleshooting

Part Time Workers

Mechanical Assemblers and Inspectors Part Time Workers

Part time workers:

1% of Mechanical Assemblers and Inspectors are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 17,800 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, a decrease of 12% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Mechanical Assemblers and Inspectors Age Demographics

Age Demographics:

The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be average influenced by a similar-to-average age of workers (40).

Self Employed

Mechanical Assemblers and Inspectors Self Employed

Self Employed:

Roughly 1% of Mechanical Assemblers and Inspectors are self-employed. This is considered Below average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Mechanical Assemblers and Inspectors Men vs Women

Men vs Women:

14% of the individuals employed as Mechanical Assemblers and Inspectors are women. Compared to other industries, this is Average.