Mechanical Assemblers and Inspectors

(NOC 9526)

in All Manufacturing and Utilities

Mechanical assemblers assemble a range of mechanical products like trucks, buses, snowmobiles, garden tractors, car engines, transmissions, outboard motors, gearboxes, hydraulic pumps and sewing machines. Inspectors in this group check and inspect subassemblies and finished products to make sure they meet quality and product specifications. They work for machinery and transportation equipment manufacturers and by other 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 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. Mechanical Assemblers and Inspectors most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 73% of Mechanical Assemblers and Inspectors who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $38,984. 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

$33,234

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

Mechanical assemblers assemble a range of mechanical products like trucks, buses, snowmobiles, garden tractors, car engines, transmissions, outboard motors, gearboxes, hydraulic pumps and sewing machines. Inspectors in this group check and inspect subassemblies and finished products to make sure they meet quality and product specifications. They work for machinery and transportation equipment manufacturers and by other manufacturing companies.

Job duties

Mechanical assemblers:

  • Assemble, fit and install prefabricated parts to form subassemblies or finish products using hand and power tools.
  • Position, line up and adjust parts for proper fit and assembly and connect cables, tubes and wires.
  • Attach parts together using bolting and riveting equipment or other fastening and joining techniques.
  • Use or tend assembling equipment like robotics and fixed automation equipment.
  • Use small cranes to move or position larger parts as required.

Mechanical inspectors:

  • Check subassemblies and inspect finished products for proper quality.
  • Check mechanical assemblies and subassemblies for alignment and proper functioning.
  • Test and check electrical assemblies and wiring for proper connections.
  • Make minor adjustments and repairs.

Sample job titles

  • automotive engine assembler
  • garden machinery assembler
  • gearbox assembler
  • gearcase assembler
  • hydraulic hoist assembler
  • sewing machine assembler
  • snowmobile assembler
  • tractor assembler
  • transmission assembler
  • truck assembler
  • truck assembly inspector
  • vending machine 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

  • Some high school is required.
  • Up to two years of on-the-job training are provided.
  • Experience as a mechanical assembler may be necessary for inspectors in this group.

Other considerations

There is little or no movement among the different assemblers and inspectors in this group. Movement to supervisory positions is possible with experience. Self-employment in these jobs is rare, and work is not typically seasonal.

By the numbers

Quick look

125

employed in 2016

96.2%

employed full-time

7.7%

self employed

23.1%
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76.9%
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41.8

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?

34.6%

Southern

26.9%

Halifax

19.2%

Annapolis Valley

11.5%

North Shore

7.7%

Cape Breton

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

75.0%

Manufacturing

8.3%

Wholesale trade

8.3%

Public administration

8.3%

Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction

What is the age of Employment?

35.0%

35-44

27.0%

25-34

19.0%

55-64

12.0%

45-54

8.0%

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

32.0%

Less than high school

$30,389 median annual income
28.0%

High school

$28,658 median annual income
24.0%

Trade Certification

N/A
8.0%

College Diploma

N/A
8.0%

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%

Trade Certification

$43,975 median annual income
4.5%

Bachelor

$39,715 median annual income

Education & training

Adult High School Diploma 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

Employment requirements & contacts

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