Assembly and Fabrication Supervisors

(NOC 9221, 9222, 9223, 9224, 9226, 9227)

in All Manufacturing and Utilities

These individuals supervise and coordinate the activities of workers in a number of processing and manufacturing operations, such as mechanical and metal, electrical, electronics, furniture, and motor vehicle assembly. Among other duties, they establish methods to meet work schedules; coordinate work activities with other units; resolve problems; and recommend measures to improve productivity and product quality. They also requisition materials and recommend personnel actions such as hiring and promotion. They are employed in a wide variety of manufacturing companies.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

  • Estimate Weak growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 1275 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Assembly and Fabrication Supervisors most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common.

The median employment income for 86% of Assembly and Fabrication Supervisors who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $57,186. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$13.00

Minimum

$23.08

Median

$39.90

Maximum

Annual Pay

$21,685

Minimum

$56,506

Median

$100,087

Maximum

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

Hourly Pay

$12.00

Minimum

$18.75

Median

$30.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,056

Minimum

$30,111

Median

$70,518

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

These individuals supervise and coordinate the activities of workers in a number of processing and manufacturing operations, such as mechanical and metal, electrical, electronics, furniture, and motor vehicle assembly. Among other duties, they establish methods to meet work schedules; coordinate work activities with other units; resolve problems; and recommend measures to improve productivity and product quality. They also requisition materials and recommend personnel actions such as hiring and promotion. They are employed in a wide variety of manufacturing companies.

Job duties

Supervisors in assembly and fabrication perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Supervise, coordinate and schedule the activities of workers.
  • Establish methods to meet work schedules and coordinate work activities with other departments.
  • Resolve work problems and recommend measures to improve productivity and product quality.
  • Train staff in job duties, safety procedures and company policies.
  • Requisition materials and supplies.
  • Recommend personnel actions such as hiring and promotions.
  • Prepare production and other reports.
  • Ensure safety rules and regulations are followed.
  • May set up machines and equipment.
  • Supervise, coordinate and schedule the activities of related helpers and labourers.

Sample job titles

  • aircraft assembly inspection foreman/woman
  • automobile assembly foreman/woman
  • bicycle assembly foreman/woman
  • body shop supervisor - motor vehicle manufacturing
  • communications equipment testing supervisor - electronics manufacturing
  • construction machinery assembly foreman/woman
  • electrical appliance manufacturing supervisor
  • electronic assembly supervisor
  • furniture assembly foreman/woman - furniture and fixtures manufacturing
  • millwork assembly supervisor
  • small engine assembly supervisor
  • woodworking machine operators foreman/woman

Skills

To work in these jobs, you must be capable of supervising staff, working with teams, communicating effectively, and maintaining production schedules. Problem-solving, technical writing, and computer skills are important. For some jobs, physical stamina may be necessary.

Job requirements

  • Completion of high school is usually required.
  • Post-secondary education may be required for some jobs in this group.

Other considerations

Usually, significant non-supervisory experience in a related position and/or additional training are required. Progression to managerial positions is possible with experience. There is typically little mobility between different types of supervisors in this grouping.

By the numbers

Quick look

255

employed in 2016

98.0%

employed full-time

3.9%

self employed

13.0%
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87%
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48.8

median age

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

15,275

employed in 2016

86.6%

employed full-time

3.1%

self employed

27.6%
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72.4%
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44.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

35.2%

Halifax

22.2%

Southern

16.7%

Annapolis Valley

13.0%

Northern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

33.3%

Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing

17.6%

Computer, Electronic and Electrical Product Manufacturing

13.7%

Metal Fabrication and Machinery (excl. electrical)

9.8%

Textiles, Furniture and Other Manufacturing

5.9%

Other Industries

What is the age of Employment?

40.0%

45-54

20.0%

35-44

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

41.6%

45-54

28.6%

55-64

20.8%

35-44

5.2%

25-34

2.6%

15-24

Top levels of education

26.9%

College certificate or diploma

N/A
25.0%

High school

$53,036 median annual income
11.5%

Less than high school

N/A
9.6%

Trades certificate

N/A
7.7%

University certificate or diploma

N/A

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

38.1%

High school

$28,358 median annual income
22.9%

Less than high school

$21,011 median annual income
20.3%

College certificate or diploma

$36,968 median annual income
12.4%

Trades certificate

$37,356 median annual income
4.4%

Bachelor's degree

$36,852 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

50 Elliott Road

Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0

(902) 825-3491

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

PO Box 550, 1 Main Street

Springhill, NS B0M 1X0

(902) 597-3737

Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus

21 Woodlawn Road

Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7

(902) 491-4900

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

372 Pleasant Street

Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2

(902) 742-3501

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus

75 High Street

Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8

(902) 543-4608

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

5685 Leeds Street

Halifax, NS B3K 2T3

(902) 491-6722

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue

Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0

(902) 752-2002

Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus

PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road

Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0

(902) 875-8640

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

226 Reeves Street

Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2

(902) 625-2380

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

36 Arthur Street

Truro, NS B2N 1X5

(902) 893-5385

Electrical, electronic and communications engineering technology/technician

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of electrical, electronics and communication engineers. These programs include courses in electrical circuitry, prototype development and testing; systems analysis and testing, systems maintenance, instrument calibration, and report preparation.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

PO Box 550, 1 Main Street

Springhill, NS B0M 1X0

(902) 597-3737

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue

Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0

(902) 752-2002

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

Electrical/electronics maintenance and repair technology - Other

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class comprises any program not listed above that relates to Electrical/Electronics Maintenance and Repair Technology.

Institutions providing this program

Apprenticeship Training

Department of Labour and Advanced Education 2021 Brunswick Street, PO Box 578

Halifax, NS B3J 2S9

(800) 494-5651

Instrumentation technology/technician

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers engaged in developing control and measurement systems and procedures. These programs include courses in instrumentation design and maintenance, calibration, design and production testing and scheduling, automated equipment functions, applications to specific industrial tasks, and report preparation.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Automotive Human Resource Sector Council of Nova Scotia
192 Wyse Road, Suite 8
Dartmouth, NS B3A 1M9
Tel: (877) 860-3805
Fax: (902) 465-5734

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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