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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.

  • Avg. Salary $42,303.00
  • Avg. Wage $20.32
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook N/A
  • Employed < 1500
  • In Demand Lower
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) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

18%
18%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Interest Codes
The Electronics Assemblers and Fabricators is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Electronics Assemblers
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

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 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.

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Duties
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Electronics assemblers and fabricators perform tasks required in making electronics (such as circuit boards, medical equipment, transmitters, receivers, automotive equipment, and measuring devices). These tasks mean working 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 actions and cautions to prevent damage and risks).

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

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2018

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.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Electronics assemblers and fabricators need to be able to:

  • perform routine tasks with care and precision
  • perform repeated tasks
  • 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 Mar 31, 2018

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.

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Certification is not required, as there is currently no legislation regulating this occupation.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2018

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.

Electronics assemblers and fabricators are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 9483: Electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers. In Alberta, 80% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events that affect overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities that come up when people leave existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities that come up when new positions are created)
  • size of the occupation.

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

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2018

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.

Electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
Average Salary
Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
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  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $13.97 $28.00 $16.77 $15.00
Overall $16.85 $30.00 $20.32 $18.00
Top $20.00 $45.01 $24.46 $21.02

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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.

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.


Industry Information
ALL INDUSTRIES
Manufacturing

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

47%
47%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

18%
18%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

7%
7%

Vacancy Rate

1%
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training

Updated Mar 31, 2018. 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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