Aircraft Assemblers and Aircraft Assembly Inspectors

(NOC 9521)

in All Manufacturing and Utilities

Aircraft assemblers assemble, fit and install prefabricated parts to manufacture fixed wing or rotary wing aircraft or aircraft subassemblies. Aircraft assembly inspectors inspect aircraft assemblies to make sure they meet engineering specifications. They work for aircraft and aircraft subassembly manufacturers.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Weak growth employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 30 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

  • Estimate 75 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 1460 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow slightly over the next few years, which should provide some additional opportunities for employment. 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. Aircraft Assemblers and Aircraft Assembly Inspectors most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 68% of Aircraft Assemblers and Aircraft Assembly Inspectors who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $43,126. 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

$14.63

Minimum

$24.00

Median

$40.87

Maximum

Annual Pay

$22,320

Minimum

$38,398

Median

$67,350

Maximum

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

Hourly Pay

$13.00

Minimum

$23.91

Median

$35.04

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,056

Minimum

$30,111

Median

$70,518

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Aircraft assemblers assemble, fit and install prefabricated parts to manufacture fixed wing or rotary wing aircraft or aircraft subassemblies. Aircraft assembly inspectors inspect aircraft assemblies to make sure they meet engineering specifications. They work for aircraft and aircraft subassembly manufacturers.

Job duties

Aircraft assemblers:

  • Read and interpret aircraft assembly diagrams.
  • Assemble and fit prefabricated parts to form subassemblies, working at benches or directly on an aircraft structure.
  • Assemble, fit and install prefabricated parts and subassemblies like aircraft skins, flight controls, rigging, hydraulics and other mechanical systems.

Aircraft assembly inspectors:

  • Inspect aircraft assemblies, using measuring and testing equipment to make sure they meet engineering specifications.
  • Inspect assemblies for alignment, symmetry, dimensions, fit and quality of workmanship.
  • Complete detailed inspection documentation.

Sample job titles

  • aircraft assembler
  • aircraft assembly inspector
  • airframe assembler
  • bench and structural assembler
  • bench fitter mechanic
  • rigger
  • wing tank mechanic

Skills

This work requires excellent spatial perception, form perception, and eye-to-finger coordination. You must be accurate and able to pay close attention to detail. A keen interest in working with machines and routine processes is necessary. You should also be physically fit and have good eyesight and hearing.

Job requirements

  • Completion of high school is required.
  • A college or other program in aviation or aeronautical technology, with emphasis in aircraft manufacturing, may be required.
  • Aircraft assemblers receive several months of on-the-job and classroom training.
  • Aircraft assembly inspectors require experience as an aircraft assembler.

Other considerations

Aircraft assemblers and assembly inspectors may move to supervisor positions with experience. Self-employment in these jobs is rare, and work is not typically seasonal.

By the numbers

Quick look

170

employed in 2016

94.1%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

17.6%
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82.4%
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50.3

median age

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

15,275

employed in 2016

83.2%

employed full-time

3.2%

self employed

27.6%
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72.4%
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44.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

55.6%

Southern

25.0%

North Shore

8.3%

Halifax

5.6%

Cape Breton

5.6%

Annapolis Valley

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

100.0%

Manufacturing

What is the age of Employment?

33.0%

55-64

27.0%

45-54

12.0%

25-34

12.0%

35-44

9.0%

15-24

6.0%

65+

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

24.5%

45-54

20.8%

55-64

19.3%

35-44

16.5%

25-34

15.0%

15-24

Top levels of education

55.9%

High school

$35,956 median annual income
23.5%

College Diploma

$44,779 median annual income
11.8%

Apprenticeship

N/A
5.9%

Bachelor

N/A

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

38.1%

High school

$28,505 median annual income
23.3%

Less than high school

$19,224 median annual income
19.9%

College Diploma

$38,781 median annual income
12.2%

Apprenticeship

$43,975 median annual income
4.5%

Bachelor

$39,715 median annual income

Education & training

Adult High School Siploma or Equivalent

High School Program

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technician

College or Trades Program

These programs prepare students to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, service, and maintain all aircraft components other than engines, propellers, avionics, and instruments. They include courses in layout and fabrication of sheet metal, fabric, wood, and other materials into structural members, parts, and fittings, and replacement of damaged or worn parts such as control cables and hydraulic units.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

Dartmouth, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Air Transport Association of Canada
Ottawa, ON

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.