Motor vehicle assemblers, inspectors and testers (NOC 9522)

About this job

Motor vehicle assemblers and inspectors in this unit group work for plants that manufacture automobiles, vans and light trucks and perform a variety of tasks.

People in this occupation:

  • assemble and install pre-made motor vehicle parts and components to form components and finished motor vehicles
  • inspect and test parts, components, accessories and finished products to ensure proper performance and quality standards
Common job titles
  • adjuster, automotive - doors / headlights
  • assembler, automotive
  • composite technician - motor vehicle manufacturing
  • installer-repairer, automobile accessories
  • operator, production - body / trim
  • preparer, new passenger car
  • adjuster, automotive - doors / headlights
  • assembler, automotive
  • composite technician - motor vehicle manufacturing
  • inspector, quality assurance (QA)
  • inspector, quality control (QC)
  • inspector-tester, automotive assembly

Duties

Motor vehicle assemblers:

  • read electrical plans, blueprints and other technical diagrams
  • fasten motor vehicle parts and components together using hand and power tools and equipment
  • operate and tend automated assembling equipment such as robotic and fixed automation equipment
  • connect cables, tubes and wires to complete components and installations
  • position and install parts, components and accessories such as engines, transmissions, door panels or instrument panels using hand and power tools and other aids like overhead hoists
  • fit and adjust parts such as doors, hoods and trunk lids

Motor vehicle inspectors and testers:

  • check motor vehicle paint and mark, record and report defects to be repaired
  • test motor vehicle electrical components, equipment and wiring for proper performance using testing devices such as meters, analyzers and timing lights
  • inspect auto parts and fully assembled motor vehicles for defects and ensure that previously noted defects have been corrected
  • drive and test motor vehicles on roll testing device to ensure that transmission, axle, engine and brakes function properly

Work environment

Key aspects of work in this occupation:

  • Assemblers and inspectors in this unit group usually work in a conventional controlled environment such as an office, hospital or school.
  • This work can produce enough noise to cause loss of hearing.
  • Work may be performed with equipment, machinery or power/hand tools that could cause an injury.

Examples:

  • operating metal machining tools to shape metal
  • using hand and power tools to fabricate wood products

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Mobility is possible to jobs in the same production department. Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.