Other Products Assemblers, Finishers and Inspectors

(NOC 9537)

in All Manufacturing and Utilities

Other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors assemble, finish and inspect components or products of materials like jewellery, silverware, buttons, pencils, non-prescription lenses, brushes, clocks and watches, musical instruments, sporting goods, toys and other miscellaneous products. They work for a variety of manufacturing companies.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Decline slightly employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 20 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Moderate 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 a moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline slightly over the next few years, which may affect the number of new opportunities available. 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. Other Products Assemblers, Finishers, and Inspectors most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 53% of Other Products Assemblers, Finishers, and Inspectors who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $33,538. 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

$14.00

Minimum

$17.17

Median

$25.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$3,112

Minimum

$24,819

Median

$42,083

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

Other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors assemble, finish and inspect components or products of materials like jewellery, silverware, buttons, pencils, non-prescription lenses, brushes, clocks and watches, musical instruments, sporting goods, toys and other miscellaneous products. They work for a variety of manufacturing companies.

Job duties

Assemblers and finishers:

  • Use machines or hand tools to cut, shape and fit materials to form parts and to make components or products.
  • Load supplies into hoppers of dispensing units or manually align, feed or otherwise place materials into machines.
  • Screw, clip, glue, bond, weld or otherwise assemble parts and components to form final products.
  • Sand, trim, grind or clean products into final form using hand tools.
  • Clean workstations and remove scraps, dust, shavings or other by-products from machinery and surrounding areas.
  • May make routine changes of dies, nozzles or other machinery attachments as required.

Inspectors:

  • Check manufactured items for defects and for conformance to specifications, visually or using sample models and instruments.
  • Attach seals or tags to approved items and return defective products for repair or recycle.
  • Complete reports on product inspection.

Sample job titles

  • antenna assembler
  • bicycle assembler
  • brush making machine operator
  • button machine operator
  • camera assembly inspector
  • crayon making machine tender
  • eyeglass frame assembler
  • golf club assembler
  • jewellery annealer
  • lampshade assembler
  • piano assembly inspector
  • prism maker operator
  • skate press operator
  • sports ball moulder
  • stuffing machine tender
  • tennis ball maker operator
  • toy inspector
  • venetian blind assembler
  • watch assembler

Skills

These jobs need mechanical skill and physical fitness. Good spatial perception, form perception, and hand-eye coordination are important. You must be accurate and pay close attention to detail.

Job requirements

  • Some high school education is usually required.
  • Experience as a manufacturing labourer in the same company may be required.
  • On-the-job training is provided.

Other considerations

There is little or no movement among the various assemblers and inspectors in this group. Movement to supervisor positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

480

employed in 2016

81.4%

employed full-time

7.2%

self employed

29.9%
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70.1%
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46.3

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?

40.2%

North Shore

28.9%

Halifax

13.4%

Southern

12.4%

Annapolis Valley

5.2%

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

67.1%

Manufacturing

6.8%

Retail trade

5.5%

Public administration

5.5%

Construction

5.5%

Wholesale trade

What is the age of Employment?

27.0%

45-54

20.0%

35-44

20.0%

55-64

15.0%

15-24

15.0%

25-34

4.0%

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

42.3%

High school

$18,289 median annual income
24.7%

Less than high school

$25,239 median annual income
16.5%

Trades certificate

$31,176 median annual income
15.5%

College certificate or diploma

$30,708 median annual income
2.1%

Master's degree

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

Employment requirements & contacts

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Additional resources

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