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Assemblers in this unit group assemble a wide variety of mechanical products such as trucks, buses, snowmobiles, garden tractors, automotive engines, transmissions, outboard motors, gearboxes, hydraulic pumps and sewing machines. Inspectors in this unit group check and inspect subassemblies and finished products to ensure proper quality and product specifications. They are employed by machinery and transportation equipment manufacturers and by other manufacturing companies.
automotive engine assembler, garden machinery assembler, gearbox assembler, gearcase assembler, hydraulic hoist assembler, mechanical assembler, sewing machine assembler, snowmobile assembler, tractor assembler, transmission assembler, truck assembler, truck assembly inspector, truck trailer assembler, vending machine assembler.
- Assemble, fit and install prefabricated parts to form subassemblies or finish products using hand and power tools
- Position, align and adjust parts for proper fit and assembly and connect cables, tubes and wires
- Fasten parts together using bolting and riveting equipment or other fastening and joining techniques
- Operate or tend automated assembling equipment, such as robotics and fixed automation equipment
- Operate small cranes to transport or position larger parts as required.
- 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
- Perform minor adjustments and repairs.
Outlook & Prospects for Mechanical Assemblers and Inspectors in London Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
National Outlook – 10-Year Projection (2011-2020)
This section provides labour demand and labour supply projections for this occupation over the 2011-2020 period.
Note: The tables, graphs and middle paragraph shown under this section display updated 2011-2020 projection results. The remaining narrative text (2009-2018 projections) will be updated shortly. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The data in the following table are derived from HRSDC’s Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS). COPS uses a variety of models to produce a detailed 10-year labour market projection per broad skill level and per occupation at the national level, which focuses on the trends of labour supply and labour demand over the next ten years.
This occupation (Mechanical Assemblers and Inspectors) is part of a larger occupational group called Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics Assemblers (NOC 948).
|Occupations in this group||
Aircraft Assemblers and Aircraft Assembly Inspectors (9481)
Motor Vehicle Assemblers, Inspectors and Testers (9482)
Electronics Assemblers, Fabricators, Inspectors and Testers (9483)
Assemblers and Inspectors, Electrical Appliance, Apparatus and Equipment Manufacturing (9484)
Assemblers, Fabricators and Inspectors, Industrial Electrical Motors and Transformers (9485)
Mechanical Assemblers and Inspectors (9486)
Machine Operators and Inspectors, Electrical Apparatus Manufacturing (9487)
|Employment (non-student) in 2010||90,028|
|Median Age of workers in 2010||41|
|Average Retirement Age in 2010||61|
Occupation Projection for Canada
Over the 2008-2010 period, the employment losses seen in this occupation since 2000 continued. The unemployment rate rose to 16% in 2010. The average hourly wage remained practically unchanged. It is one of the highest among occupations in the manufacturing sector that require only a secondary school education. According to key labour market indicators, the number of job seekers in this occupation was more than sufficient to fill job openings.
Over the 2011-2020 period, an occupation will be in excess demand (a shortage of workers) if the projected number of job openings is significantly greater than the projected number of job seekers. An occupation will be in excess supply (a surplus of workers) if the projected number of job openings is smaller than the projected number of job seekers. For Mechanical, Electrical And Electronics Assemblers, over the 2011-2020 period, job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 43,028 and 54,861 job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill the job openings.
Based on projections and considering that labour supply in this occupation exceeded demand, it is expected that the number of job seekers will remain greater than the number of job openings over the 2011-2020 period. The majority of job openings will arise from retirements. The retirement rate will be above the average for all occupations as workers in this occupation are older than the average and generally retire earlier. Job openings resulting from expansion demand will account for approximately one quarter of openings over the projection period. This will be an improvement over the 2001-2010 period when employment in this occupation dropped sharply. Given that a large number of workers in this occupation work in the automotive sector, the restructuring of the main North American manufacturers resulted in major layoffs. Among the factors that forced the industry to restructure are the loss of market share, overproduction (large increase in stock) and the ongoing increase in fuel costs to unprecedented levels, which led consumers to choose more eco-friendly cars. Moreover, the generous retirement and health insurance plans from which unionized workers in the Big Three benefit resulted in increased fixed labour costs and limited the capacities of automotive manufacturers in Detroit to overcome the difficulties with which they were faced. Consequently, the Big Three launched substantial restructuring programs, closed several plants and cut many jobs in order to increase their competitive capacity and win back their market share. Moreover, there are many workers in this occupation in the electronic and airplane manufacturing industries, two sectors that have also experienced difficulties since 2000. In terms of supply, job seekers will come from the school system, immigration and other occupations. The fact that wages and benefits are very competitive and that the specific training required is generally offered on the job attracts many job seekers.
This Chart contains data for Projection of Job Openings vs. Job Seekers for Canada. Information is available in the following tables.
|Other Replacement Demand||2,408||6%|
|Projected Job Openings||43,028||100%|
|Projected Job Seekers||54,861||100%|
In which industry or sector do people in this occupation find jobs in Canada?
This table shows the industry and sectors employing the highest number of people in this occupation.
|Industry / Sector||%|
|Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services||2.00|
What percentage of people in this occupation are self-employed?
The graph displays the percentage of people in this occupation who are “self-employed”, according to the 2006 Census, in comparison to the Canadian average across all occupations.
As shown in the graph, according to the 2006 Census, 1% of people in this occupation were self-employed, while the average for all occupations was 12%.
The data from the Labour Force Survey (2009) regarding self-employment for this group are not sufficiently reliable to be published.
What percentage of people in this occupation are members of a union?
This occupation (Mechanical Assemblers and Inspectors) is part of a larger group called Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics Assemblers (NOC 948). According to the Labour Force Survey (2009), the unionization rate for this group was 43%, while the unionization rate for all occupations was 31%.
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