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Electronics Assemblers and Fabricators

Electronics assemblers and fabricators assemble and fabricate electronic equipment. They mount, secure, connect, and adjust the parts and components.

Also Known As

Assembly Line Worker, Circuit Board Assembler, Production Worker

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Electronics Assemblers (9483.1) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Electronics Assemblers, Fabricators, Inspectors and Testers (J213) 
  • 2011 NOC: Electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers (9523) 
  • 2016 NOC: Electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers (9523) 
Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Electronics Assemblers
2006 NOC : 9483.1

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group

OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working to assemble microcircuits requiring fine hand assembly, and to use microscopes and adhere to clean-room procedures; and to operate automatic and semi-automatic machines to position, solder and clean components on printed circuit boards

METHODICAL

Interest in copying information to solder and assemble manually, various electronic components such as resistors, diodes, transistors, capacitors, integrated circuits, switches, wires and other electronic parts onto printed circuit boards; may repair and overhaul older devices

innovative

Interest in verifying dimensions and alignment of parts; may replace defective components

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 

It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective, and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes for this NOC group is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn About Interests

Abilities

Typical ability expectations for this NOC group
Your abilities

To fill in or change the values for your abilities, complete the Abilities Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Mental Abilities

General Learning Ability

Verbal Ability

Numerical Ability

Visual Abilities

Spatial Perception

Form Perception

Clerical Perception

Physical Abilities

Motor Coordination

Finger Dexterity

Manual Dexterity

Understanding Abilities

A Quick Guide

You are born with abilities that help you process certain types of information and turn it into action. These abilities influence which skills you can learn more easily.

The abilities or aptitudes shown for this NOC group come from the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB). The GATB measures 9 aptitudes. It groups them into 3 categories: mental, visual, and physical.

The abilities scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being stronger.

Learn About Abilities

Duties
Updated Apr 13, 2022

Electronics assemblers and fabricators perform tasks required in making electronics. These include assembling circuit boards, medical equipment, transmitters, receivers, automotive equipment, and measuring devices. They work to precise specifications.

Electronics assemblers put together electronic components, sub-assemblies, products, or systems. They may:

  • Solder and place components such as resistors, diodes, transistors, capacitors, integrated circuits, wires, and other electronic parts on printed circuit boards
  • Assemble microcircuits by hand
  • Install, mount, fasten, align, and adjust parts, components, wiring, and harnesses to sub-assemblies and assemblies using hand and small power tools
  • Position, solder, and clean components on printed circuit boards using automatic and semi-automatic machines
  • Assemble mechanical parts into enclosures, frames, or shelves
  • Follow procedures for assembly and testing, including precautions to prevent damage and avoid risks

Electronics fabricators set up, program, operate, or monitor process equipment, such as automatic or semiautomatic machines, that fabricate, solder, clean, seal, and stamp electronic components.

Working Conditions
Updated Apr 13, 2022
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg

Most electronics assemblers and fabricators work in assembly plants. They may need to do shift work.

Where electronics assemblers also do mechanical assembly, some heavy lifting is required.

Traits & Skills
Updated Apr 13, 2022

Electronics assemblers and fabricators need to:

  • Perform routine tasks with care and precision
  • Perform repeated tasks with consistent quality
  • Handle small parts and tools
  • Work at a fast, steady pace
  • Distinguish colours to identify wires and components
  • Learn new tasks quickly
  • Get along well with others

They should enjoy:

  • Using equipment
  • Doing tasks that require precision
  • Having clear rules and organized methods for their work
Educational Requirements
Updated Apr 13, 2022
  • Minimum Education Varies

There are no standard education requirements in this field. However, employers may prefer high school graduates. A basic knowledge of electronics is an asset. So is experience with soldering and identifying components.

Courses in basic electronics are offered by:

  • High schools
  • Private vocational schools
  • Continuing education departments at school boards
  • Technical institutes
  • Colleges

Many courses take place on evenings and weekends.

Electronics assemblers and fabricators are trained on the job. Training periods range from 1 week to 6 months. The length depends on the complexity of the work and the worker’s interest in learning more complex tasks.

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated Apr 13, 2022
  • Certification Not Regulated

There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Apr 13, 2022

Electronics assemblers and fabricators work for companies that make electronic devices. Plants tend to be in or near cities. This is where they have access to parts, courier services, and customers. They hire many employees on a temporary basis for peak periods. Employees may be laid off when production slows down. Those who are self-employed do piece work.

Experienced electronics assemblers and fabricators may advance to inspector and tester roles. Electronics inspectors check components and assemblies for production faults. They also keep records of inspection results. Electronics testers:

  • Use testing equipment to find circuit and wiring faults and component defects
  • Repair assemblies
  • Compare test results to specifications
  • Prepare reports

Moving up to electronics tester roles may require post-secondary education in basic electronic theory, testing techniques, and testing equipment. Without further education, it is hard to advance beyond testing components or supervising assembly lines.

Industry Concentration

This section shows the industries where the majority of people in this occupation work. The data is based on the 2016 Census.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups.

In the 9523: Electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers occupational group, 79.5% of people work in:

Employment Outlook

Employment outlook is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Time of year (for seasonal jobs)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation
  • Trends and events that affect overall employment, especially in the industry or industries from the previous list

In Alberta, the 9523: Electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 0% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 0 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Note
NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Source: Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Apr 13, 2022

Earnings depend on the level of skill needed and the terms of payment. Some assemblers are paid an hourly rate. Others are paid on a piece-work basis.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers

2016 NOC : 9523
Average Wage
$24.54
Per Hour
Average Salary
$50,901.00
Per Year
Average Hours
39.9
Per Week
Average Months on Payroll
12
Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

Source
2019 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 9523 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production), and other forms of compensation.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

C: Lower Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Lower Reliability, represents a CV of between 15.01% and 33.00% and/or if fewer than 20 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 33% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $17.00 $28.85 $20.21 $19.00
Overall $19.00 $40.54 $24.54 $23.56
Top $22.00 $52.72 $29.10 $26.92

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

Industry Information
ALL INDUSTRIES
Manufacturing

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

64%
64%)

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

21%
21%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

39%
39%

Vacancy Rate

7%
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training

Updated Mar 31, 2022. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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