Electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers

Electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers

NOC
9523

Assemble and fabricate or inspect and test electronic equipment, parts and components.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Undetermined
Undetermined

3 Year Job Openings

13
 

Median Hourly Wage

N/A

Median Salary

$23,895
 

Typically Required

High school or specific training

Employed

102
 

% Working Full Time

100%
 

% Working Full Year

83%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Electronics assemblers and fabricators assemble and fabricate electronic equipment, parts and components. Electronics inspectors and testers inspect and test electronic and electromechanical assemblies, subassemblies, parts and components to ensure conformance to prescribed standards. They are employed in electronics manufacturing plants.

Main Duties

Electronics assemblers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Solder and manually assemble various electronic components such as resistors, diodes, transistors, capacitors, integrated circuits, switches, wires and other electronic parts to designated locations on printed circuit boards
  • Assemble microcircuits requiring fine hand assembly, the use of microscopes and adherence to cleanroom procedures
  • Install, mount, fasten, align and adjust parts, components, wiring and harnesses to subassemblies and assemblies using hand and small power tools
  • Operate automatic and semi-automatic machines to position, solder and clean prescribed components on printed circuit boards
  • May replace defective components and repair and overhaul older devices.

Electronics fabricators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate and monitor process equipment including automatic and semi-automatic machines to fabricate electronic components, solder, clean, seal and stamp components and perform other process operations as specified
  • Set up process equipment and adhere to cleanroom procedures as required.

Electronics inspectors perform some or all of the following duties:

  • 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 other specified requirements while products are being assembled or fabricated
  • Check final assembly for finish, labelling and packaging methods
  • Check mechanical dimensions and perform "go-no-go" electrical tests
  • Identify and mark acceptable and defective assemblies and return faulty assemblies to production for repair
  • Collect, record and summarize inspection results
  • Investigate equipment malfunction and instruct on proper operation.

Electronics testers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate various test equipment and tools to perform simple electrical and continuity testing of electronic components, parts and systems
  • Set up and operate automatic testing equipment to locate circuit and wiring faults, shorts and component defects
  • Compare test results to specifications and set parts or products aside for repair or replace components or parts as indicated by test equipment
  • May conduct life tests (burn-ins) on components, subassemblies and assemblies
  • Maintain test result reports.

Also Known As

  • capacitor assembler
  • circuit board assembler
  • component inserting machine operator
  • crystal final tester
  • electronic components tester
  • electronics assembler
  • electronics inspector - electronic equipment manufacturing
  • finished product inspector - electronic equipment manufacturing
  • precision instrument assembler - electronic equipment manufacturing
  • printed circuit board (PCB) assembly inspector
  • surface mount assembler
  • through-hole assembler
  • wafer fabrication operator
  • wave soldering machine operator
  • wiring and assembly operator
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required for electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers.
  • On-the-job training is usually provided for occupations in this unit group.
  • A two-year apprenticeship program and trade certification for electronics assemblers are available but voluntary in Saskatchewan.
  • Electronics testers may require post-secondary courses in basic electronic theory, testing techniques and testing equipment.
  • Electronics inspectors and testers may require experience as an electronics assembler or component fabricator.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

58.3%
Female
41.7%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

18.2%
15-24
0.0%
25-34
13.6%
35-44
22.7%
45-54
36.4%
55-64
9.1%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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20.0%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
40.0%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
8.0%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
32.0%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
0.0%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

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91.7%
Manufacturing
8.3%
Other services (except public administration)
0.0%
N/A
0.0%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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8.70%
Northeast
69.60%
Southeast
13.00%
Southwest
8.70%
Central
0.00%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

N/A
Northeast
$27,373
Southeast
N/A
Southwest
N/A
Central
N/A
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$23,895

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$29,358

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$23,895

Newfoundland

N/A

Prince Edward Island

N/A

Nova Scotia

$35,640

Canada

$32,993
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

13
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-2
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

15
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

44
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-2
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

47