Machine operators and inspectors, electrical apparatus manufacturing (NOC 9527)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2016-2018)
Minimum Not published
Median Not published
Maximum Not published
Job prospect
(2017-2021)
Employment in 2016
600
Skill level
Intermediate (generally a secondary school diploma)

Nature of work

Machine operators in this unit group operate machinery or equipment to fabricate complete products or parts for use in the assembly of electrical appliances and equipment, and electrical apparatus, such as batteries, fuses and plugs. Inspectors in this unit group inspect and test completed parts and production items. Workers in this unit group are employed by electrical appliance and electrical equipment manufacturing companies.

Main duties

  • Machine operators in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Operate machinery to assemble, test or package dry cell batteries
  • - Position lead acid storage batteries on assembly line and insert battery contents into casing
  • - Operate machinery, such as pasting and stacking machines, to fabricate plates for lead acid storage batteries
  • - Continued…
  • - Load machinery with glass tubes, bulbs and other parts used to produce incandescent, fluorescent and other types of light bulbs and tubes, and remove and pack finished product
  • - Operate or feed machinery and equipment to produce electrical wiring devices such as fuses, plugs, caps, sockets, connectors and switches
  • - Operate equipment to apply protective coatings to items such as freezer cabinets, small electric motors or transformer assemblies
  • - Perform minor repairs to items rejected from production line
  • - Set up and adjust production machinery and equipment for operation.
  • Inspectors and testers in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Check in-process and completed production items for visual or mechanical defects or operate testing equipment to maintain quality of products
  • - Identify and mark acceptable and defective assemblies and return faulty assemblies to production for repair
  • - Collect, record and summarize inspection results.

Employment requirements

  • * Some secondary school education is usually required.
  • * On-the-job training is provided.
  • * Inspectors may require experience as an assembler in the same company.

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