Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors (NOC 9521)

About this job

Assemblers and inspectors in this unit group work for aircraft and aircraft component manufacturers and perform a variety of tasks.

People in this occupation:

  • put together, fit and install pre-made parts to manufacture fixed wing or rotary wing aircraft or aircraft components
  • examine aircraft components to ensure they meet engineering specifications
Common job titles
  • assembler, airframe unit subassembler
  • composite technician - aircraft assembly
  • fitter, aileron / aircraft parts
  • mechanic, aircraft rigging and controls
  • mechanic, installation - hydraulics
  • sealer, pressurized compartments
  • assembler, airframe unit subassembler
  • composite technician - aircraft assembly
  • fitter, aileron / aircraft parts
  • installer-repairer, fabric
  • mechanic, aircraft rigging and controls
  • mechanic, installation - hydraulics

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$43,668

Source: 2011 National Household Survey (Full-time full-year median employment income)

Provincial hourly rate

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N/A - Data not available

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Assemblers:

  • read and interpret aircraft assembly diagrams
  • assemble and fit pre-made parts to form components, working at benches or directly on an aircraft structure
  • assemble, fit and install pre-made parts and components such as aircraft skins, flight controls, rigging, hydraulics and other mechanical systems

Inspectors:

  • inspect aircraft components, using measuring and testing equipment to ensure they meet engineering specifications
  • check assemblies for alignment, symmetry, dimensions, fit and quality of workmanship
  • complete detailed inspection documentation

Work environment

Key aspects of work in this occupation:

  • Assemblers and inspectors in this unit group usually work in an indoor work environment.
  • 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

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • Completion of a college or other program in aviation or aeronautical technology, with emphasis in aircraft manufacturing, may be required.
  • Aircraft assemblers receive several months of on-the-job and classroom training.
  • Aircraft assembly inspectors require experience as an aircraft assembler.

Skills

  • Manual Dexterity
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Methodical
  • Object-Oriented
  • Finger Dexterity
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Aircraft Mechanic/Maintenance

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

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Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
0
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Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
0
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Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
110
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North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
0
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Northeast
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0
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Thompson-Okanagan
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0
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Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
70
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Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

With experience, aircraft assemblers and assembly inspectors may progress to supervisory positions.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.