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Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics Assemblers

What they do?

Aircraft assemblers work with prefabricated parts to manufacture aircraft subassemblies/aircraft.

A. Motor vehicle assemblers work with motor vehicle parts to produce subassemblies/finished motor vehicles.

B. Assemblers of electrical appliances, apparatus, and equipment work with prefabricated parts to produce household, commercial, and industrial appliances/equipment.

C. Assemblers and fabricators of industrial electrical motors and transformers produce heavy-duty industrial electrical equipment.

D. Mechanical assemblers produce a wide variety of mechanical products such as trucks, buses, and automotive engines.

E. Operators of electrical apparatus manufacturing machinery or equipment produce electrical parts/products.

F. Inspectors and testers ensure that products conform to standards/specifications.

Where they find work?

1. Motor vehicle manufacturing - 20.0%
2. Motor vehicle parts manufacturing - 20.0%
3. Computer and electronic product manufacturing - 15.0%
4. Electrical equipment appliance and component manufacturing - 12.0%
5. Aerospace product and parts manufacturing - 7.0%
6. Machinery manufacturing - 6.0%
7. Motor vehicle body and trailer manufacturing - 3.0%

What education do I need?

1. In general, you need some high school education or a high school diploma.

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

3. To be an aircraft assembler or inspector, you may need aviation or aeronautical technology programs emphasizing aircraft manufacturing.

4. To be an electronic assembler or fabricator, or an industrial electrical motor assembler or fabricator, you may need specialized post-secondary courses.

5. To be an inspector or tester, you usually need experience as an assembler or other worker in your field.

6. Many recent entrants have a trade/vocational certificate, and almost 2 in 5 have a community college diploma.

High School Subject that will help:

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

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics Assemblers is $18.59/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

Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics Assemblers wages

Expected Wage by Age

Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics Assemblers Wage By Age

Unemployment:

7% of Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics Assemblers are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for intermediate occupations.

Unemployment

Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics Assemblers Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics Assemblers Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics Assemblers is considered Below Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($18.59) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (7%) is close to 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 Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics Assemblers are found in Ontario and Manitoba while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (50%) is above the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Accuracy

2. Mental measurement/calculations

3. Troubleshooting

Part Time Workers

Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics Assemblers Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


2% of Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics Assemblers are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 121,500 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, a decrease of 21% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics Assemblers 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

Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics Assemblers Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 1% of Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics Assemblers are self-employed. This is considered Below average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics Assemblers Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


29% of the individuals employed as Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics Assemblers are women. Compared to other industries, this is Average.