Motor Vehicle Assemblers, Inspectors and Testers

(NOC 9522)

in All Manufacturing and Utilities

Motor vehicle assemblers assemble and install prefabricated motor vehicle parts and components to form subassemblies and finished motor vehicles. Motor vehicle inspectors and testers inspect and test parts, subassemblies, accessories and finished products to make sure they perform properly and meet quality standards. They work for plants that manufacture cars, vans and light trucks.

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

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Motor Vehicle Assemblers, Inspectors, and Testers most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 59% of Motor Vehicle Assemblers, Inspectors, and Testers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $56,554. 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

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$32,641

Median

N/A

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

Motor vehicle assemblers assemble and install prefabricated motor vehicle parts and components to form subassemblies and finished motor vehicles. Motor vehicle inspectors and testers inspect and test parts, subassemblies, accessories and finished products to make sure they perform properly and meet quality standards. They work for plants that manufacture cars, vans and light trucks.

Job duties

Motor vehicle assemblers:

  • Read electrical plans, blueprints, and other technical diagrams.
  • Bolt, screw, clip, weld, solder or otherwise fasten motor vehicle parts and components together using hand and power tools and equipment.
  • Use and tend assembling equipment like robotic and fixed automation equipment.
  • Connect cables, tubes and wires to complete assemblies and installations.
  • Position and install parts, subassemblies, and accessories like engines, transmissions, door panels or instrument panels using hand and power tools and other aids like overhead hoists.
  • Fit and adjust parts like doors, hoods, and trunk lids.

Motor vehicle inspectors and testers:

  • Check motor vehicle exterior priming and colour coats, sealers and glazers, and mark, record, and report defects to be repaired.
  • Test motor vehicle electrical assemblies, equipment and wiring for proper performance using testing devices like meters, analyzers, and timing lights.
  • Inspect auto parts and fully assembled motor vehicles for defects to ensure that the defects have been corrected.
  • Drive and test motor vehicles on roll testing device to ensure that transmission, axle, engine, and brakes function properly.

Sample job titles

  • assembly inspector
  • auto assembly worker
  • body assembler
  • car assembler
  • chassis inspector
  • door fitter
  • motor vehicle assembler
  • sport utility vehicle (SUV) assembler
  • test driver
  • transmission installer
  • van assembler

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

  • High school is required.
  • Skills required for jobs in this group are normally learned through on-the-job training.

Other considerations

Movement is possible to jobs in the same production department. Movement to supervisor positions is possible with experience. Self-employment in these jobs is rare, and work is not typically seasonal.

By the numbers

Quick look

80

employed in 2016

82.4%

employed full-time

11.8%

self employed

17.6%
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82.4%
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43.9

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?

31.3%

Southern

31.3%

Annapolis Valley

18.8%

North Shore

18.8%

Halifax

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

69.2%

Manufacturing

15.4%

Professional, scientific and technical services

15.4%

Other services (except public administration)

What is the age of Employment?

33.0%

35-44

28.0%

25-34

17.0%

55-64

11.0%

65+

11.0%

45-54

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

56.3%

High school

$28,453 median annual income
25.0%

Trades certificate

N/A
12.5%

College certificate or diploma

N/A
12.5%

Less than high school

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 certificate or diploma

$38,781 median annual income
12.2%

Trades certificate

$43,975 median annual income
4.5%

Bachelor's degree

$39,715 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

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

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

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