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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 ensure proper performance and conformity to quality standards. They are employed in plants which manufacture automobiles, vans and light trucks.
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- Read electrical schematics, 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
- Operate and tend automated assembling equipment such as robotic and fixed automation equipment
- Connect cables, tubes and wires to complete assemblies and installations
- Position and install parts, subassemblies and accessories such as engines, transmissions, door panels or instrument panels using hand and power tools and other aids like overhead hoists
- Fit and adjust parts such as doors, hoods and trunk lids.
- 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 such as meters, analyzers and timing lights
- Inspect auto parts and fully assembled motor vehicles for defects and to ensure that previously noted defects have been corrected
- Drive and test motor vehicles on roll testing device to ensure that transmission, axle, engine and brakes function properly
Education & Job Requirements for Motor Vehicle Assemblers, Inspectors and Testers in Nord-du-Québec Region
Education and job requirements can vary by region. Workers in regulated occupations require a licence to work legally. Workers in non-regulated occupations do not require a licence, but employers may have other certification requirements.
Employment requirements are prerequisites generally needed to enter an occupation.
- Completion of secondary school is usually required.
- Skills required for occupations in this unit group are normally acquired through on-the-job training.
Regulation by Province/Territory
Some provinces and territories regulate certain professions and trades while others do not. If you have a licence to work in one province, your licence may not be accepted in other provinces or territories. Consult the table below to determine in which province or territory your occupation/trade is regulated.
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|Newfoundland and Labrador||
|Prince Edward Island||
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Motor Vehicle Assemblers, Inspectors and Testers
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 and finished products to ensure proper performance and conformity to quality standards. They are employed in plants which manufacture automobiles, vans and light trucks.
- Read notes from previous shifts describing problems or defects encountered, and notes from customers or supervisors, giving instructions. (1)
- Read memos and bulletins from manufacturers, explaining engineering or design changes to parts of the assembly and giving details about various models. (2)
- Read inspection standards and test procedure updates from the company's head office. (2)
- Read booklets which give descriptions of parts. (2)
- Read a variety of manuals to understand such subjects as installation procedures and troubleshooting guidelines and to find information about electrical systems. (3)
- Read signs and labels, such as caution signs and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) labels. (1)
- Read supplier lists and lists of bin numbers, parts numbers and colours. (1)
- Read job rotation schedules. (2)
- Read information on television screens in the plant to keep up to date on production goals and how well they are being met. (2)
- Read work orders and repair estimates. (2)
- Read forms, such as final inspection forms, parts order forms and material return forms. (2)
- Refer to tables showing specifications of various parts. (2)
- Complete forms, such as inspection forms, order forms and travel sheets which record engine serial numbers for specific installations. (2)
- Refer to graphs to compare the number of defects from week to week. (3)
- Read schematic diagrams showing the routing of wiring in a vehicle. (3)
- Read assembly drawings showing the correct placement of parts. (3)
- Write notes to co-workers on the next shift, explaining changes to procedures or problems encountered. (1)
- Write letters to suppliers to describe a problem or inquire about delivery dates of parts. (2)
- Write amendments to work orders if they find that parts need to be replaced or refitted. (2)
- Complete inspection reports. (2)
- Write reports to explain customized assembly requirements, such as the need for different fittings when assembling a vehicle for a handicapped person. (3)
- May write recommended changes to procedures and suggestions to team leaders. (3)
- Keep track of the amount of time taken to complete tasks. (1)
- Schedule the ordering of supplies, taking into account distance from the supplier and the time needed for delivery. (2)
- Measure materials for assembly on vehicles and the distance between parts to establish clearances. (1)
- Measure panels to determine the space between drill holes. (1)
- Take readings of voltage, amperage and ohms and ensure they are within the specified range. (1)
- Calculate the average defects per unit of parts per supplier to record on supplier information sheets. (2)
- Estimate the length of carpeting remaining in a roll or the dimensions of plastic remaining in a sheet when determining how much to cut. (1)
- Estimate the type and number of parts that will be needed during a shift. (2)
- Communicate with suppliers and drivers delivering stock to clarify the order. (1)
- Interact with co-workers to exchange information about installation procedures and the sequencing of the assembly. (2)
- Interact with supervisors to receive instructions and to discuss changes in assembly procedures or specific problems encountered. (2)
- May consult with team leaders before beginning their shifts. (2)
- May find that a wire harness has one wire missing. They determine the colour and rating of the wire from wiring schematics, then add it. (1)
- May find that some parts do not fit even though they meet specifications. They look beyond the immediate problem to see why the part does not fit. They may find that it is due to a slight twist to the frame. They take action to ensure that the defective work will be repaired before further assembly takes place. (2)
- May encounter a defect in the electrical system of the vehicle which is causing a short circuit. They test several wires and connections until they find the one causing the problem. (2)
- May find that some workers are not using an effective method to install parts, causing problems with some vehicles. They assess the methods being used and give advice. For instance, they may suggest using a rubber mallet to install a roof rack rather than simply installing it by hand. (2)
- Make quality decisions, such as whether to send a piece of trim back to be straightened. (1)
- Decide whether a cosmetic flaw is within acceptable standards. (1)
- Decide on the most effective way to ensure continuity in the line when stock is getting low. (2)
- Decide whether the repair of a defective part has been adequately performed or whether it should be rejected again. (2)
- Decide what tests to conduct when a vehicle is not working properly when test driven. (3)
Critical Thinking information was not collected for this profile.Job Task Planning and Organizing
Motor vehicle assemblers follow instructions set by their supervisors. Their daily task planning is limited, for the most part, to ensuring that all necessary parts are available. (1)
Inspectors and testers plan and organize at a higher level than motor vehicle assemblers. They determine their priorities based on special instructions given by the team leader before the shift starts. They co-ordinate activities with other parts of the organization, such as the repair shop and the supply depot. Their planning takes into consideration the need to ensure continuous operation of the assembly line. (1)Significant Use of Memory
- Remember identification numbers of all major parts in order to make the retrieval of parts easier.
- Remember letter codes for particular errors and flaws.
- Memorize specifications for various parts so that they don't have to refer to manuals while conducting a check.
- Consult team leaders and suppliers to get information on scheduling or on the delivery dates of parts. (1)
- Use a computer tracking system or a parts book to locate parts in the plant. (2)
- Refer to schematic diagrams to find information on electrical circuitry. (2)
- Use other computer applications. For example, they may use computer-controlled machinery which measures and adjusts the torque on bolts and provides feedback on whether the transmission is ready to move to the next station. (1)
- They search a database to locate parts. (2)
- They may also use specialized technical software packages for testing. (2)
Working with Others
Motor vehicle assemblers work with a partner when installing heavy units or when working on a task which requires one person to position a part while the other installs it. Inspectors and testers mainly work independently, co-ordinating their activities as needed with assemblers and repair personnel. They may partner to carry out some testing procedures. Motor vehicle assemblers, inspectors and testers work as a team to consider technical problems and to address quality concerns.Continuous Learning
Motor vehicle assemblers, inspectors and testers receive on-the-job training when new equipment, procedures or product lines are introduced. They take a variety of safety courses, including training on the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and training in lock-out of machinery. They keep up-to-date by reading manufacturers' bulletins and other workplace materials describing new processes and techniques.
Information for Newcomers
Provincial credential assessment services assess academic credentials for a fee. Contact a regulatory body or other organization to determine if you need an assessment before spending money on one that is not required or recognized.
The assessment will tell you how your education compares with educational standards in the province or territory where you are planning to settle can help you in your job search.
- British Columbia - International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES)
- Alberta - International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
- Saskatchewan - International Qualifications Assessment Service The Government of Saskatchewan provides this service through an interprovincial agreement with the Government of Alberta.
- Manitoba - Academic Credentials Assessment Service – Manitoba (ACAS)
- Québec - Service des évaluations comparatives d’études (SECE)
- Northwest Territories - International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS). The Government of the Northwest Territories provides this service through an interprovincial agreement with the Government of Alberta.
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