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Electronics Assemblers, Fabricators, Inspectors and Testers

What they do?

Electronics inspectors perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Inspect electronic components and assemblies to ensure correct component selection and placement, wiring and soldering quality, proper pin insertions, location and diameter of plated holes, breaks in circuitry and line spacing in printed circuit board and

B. Check final assembly for finish, labelling and packaging methods

C. Check mechanical dimensions and perform "go-no-go" electrical tests

D. Identify and mark acceptable and defective assemblies and return faulty assemblies to production for repair

E. Collect, record and summarize inspection results

F. Investigate equipment malfunction and instruct on proper operation.

Where they find work?

1. Computer and electronic product manufacturing - 64.0%
2. Electrical equipment appliance and component manufacturing - 14.0%
3. Wholesale trade - 3.0%
4. Machinery manufacturing - 3.0%
5. Miscellaneous manufacturing - 3.0%
6. Motor vehicle parts manufacturing - 2.0%

What education do I need?

1. To work in this field, you usually need some high school education.

2. You usually receive on-the-job training for these occupations.

3. You may obtain voluntary trade certification and a two-year apprenticeship program if you are an electronic assembler in Saskatchewan.

4. To be an electronics tester, you may need specialized training after high school in basic electronic theory, testing techniques, and testing equipment.

5. To be an electronics inspector, you may need experience as an electronics assembler or component fabricator.

6. With additional training/experience, you may move up the ranks to become an electronics inspector or tester.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. English
3. Machine Shop
4. Industrial Arts (Electronics)

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Electronics Assemblers, Fabricators, Inspectors and Testers is $13.69/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the processing, manufacturing and utilities sector and are above average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Electronics Assemblers, Fabricators, Inspectors and Testers wages

Expected Wage by Age

Electronics Assemblers, Fabricators, Inspectors and Testers Wage By Age

Unemployment:

8% of Electronics Assemblers, Fabricators, Inspectors and Testers are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for intermediate occupations.

Unemployment

Electronics Assemblers, Fabricators, Inspectors and Testers Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Electronics Assemblers, Fabricators, Inspectors and Testers Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Electronics Assemblers, Fabricators, Inspectors and Testers is considered Below Average because:

1. Employment grew at a below-average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($13.69) are below the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (8%) is above the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Below Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be above average.

2. Although the retirement rate will likely be average, the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely match the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of Electronics Assemblers, Fabricators, Inspectors and Testers are found in Ontario and Quebec while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (19%) is below the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Accuracy

2. Mental measurement/calculations

3. Assembly drawings

Part Time Workers

Electronics Assemblers, Fabricators, Inspectors and Testers Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


3% of Electronics Assemblers, Fabricators, Inspectors and Testers are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 25,500 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, a decrease of 34% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Electronics Assemblers, Fabricators, Inspectors and Testers Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be average influenced by a similar-to-average age of workers (40).

Self Employed

Electronics Assemblers, Fabricators, Inspectors and Testers Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 1% of Electronics Assemblers, Fabricators, Inspectors and Testers are self-employed. This is considered Average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Electronics Assemblers, Fabricators, Inspectors and Testers Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


52% of the individuals employed as Electronics Assemblers, Fabricators, Inspectors and Testers are women. Compared to other industries, this is Average.