Skills Inspector, Precision Instrument Assembly in Ontario

Find out what skills you typically need to work as an inspector, precision instrument assembly in Canada. These skills are applicable to all Other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors (NOC 9537).


People working in this occupation usually apply the following skill set.

  • Cut, shape and fit materials to form parts and components
  • Sand, trim, grind or clean products into final form using hand tools
  • Affix seal or tags to approved products
  • Check manufactured items for defects and conformance to specifications
  • Load, feed or place materials into machine
  • Operate machine to fabricate parts and products
  • Complete reports on product inspection
  • Return defective products for repair or recycle
  • Screw, clip, glue, bond, weld or otherwise assemble parts and components to form final products

Essential skills

See how the 9 essential skills apply to this occupation. This section will be updated soon.

  • May read notes from suppliers, such as a note indicating that a colour of a supply has been discontinued. (1)
  • May read letters containing requests from customers. (2)
  • May read technical bulletins from suppliers. (2)
  • May read product specification sheets and assembly instructions. (2)
  • May use parts manuals to look up items for customers. The manuals provide descriptions of items along with corresponding numbers and costs. (3)
  • May read operating and maintenance manuals to learn about assembling products and troubleshooting equipment. (3)
Document use
  • Read code labels on parts being assembled. (1)
  • Read labels on boxes of products, containing product information and model numbers. (1)
  • Read lists of parts in stock and lists of work completed. (1)
  • Read work schedules. (2)
  • Read work orders and complete invoices for product assembly or installation. (2)
  • Read manufacturers' materials, such as those outlining battery capacities and how long batteries and light bulbs will last. (2)
  • Read equipment inspection forms. (2)
  • May read tables for material density and heat requirements for welds. (2)
  • May recognize refraction angles or the angles made by frame tubing during assembly. (2)
  • Fill out forms to order parts. (2)
  • Complete time sheets indicating quantities of products produced, job numbers and names. (2)
  • Read product specification forms, detailing specifications to be followed when assembling products and the performance parameters of products. (3)
  • Interpret assembly drawings when mounting fixtures or assembling products such as lights and switches. (3)
  • Read schematic diagrams when carrying out repairs on wire products, power supplies or bicycle lamps. (3)
  • May read blueprints accompanying rebuilt components. (3)
  • May make brief notes to themselves to remember how to assemble certain parts. (1)
  • May record shortages of materials on work orders. (1)
  • May write lists for their own records, outlining the various types of products which have been assembled. (1)
  • May write notes to laboratories, suppliers or store managers to explain problems such as missing parts or to provide information about production. (2)
  • May prepare price quotes for insurance companies describing production jobs from which claims have been made by customers. (2)
NumeracyMoney Math
  • May calculate customer invoices, including totals and taxes, for product assembly and installation. (2)
Scheduling, Budgeting & Accounting Math
  • May monitor work schedules and daily production to provide input into productivity reports. (1)
Measurement and Calculation Math
  • May measure the length, width and height of the products being produced to ensure they meet customer specifications. (1)
  • May measure the voltage and current in batteries. (1)
  • May measure the precise location for a hole to be drilled when assembling antennae. (1)
  • May measure, if cutting a lens, the curvature of angles within the lens to fit eye glass prescriptions. This measurement involves the calculation of spheres, cylinders and axis dimensions using specialized pieces of machinery. (3)
Numerical Estimation
  • May estimate costs involved in assembling products, taking into account taxes on materials and the number of steps involved in particular jobs. (2)
  • May estimate how many products can be produced, considering the limits of available work space and which models have been requested. (2)
Oral communication
  • Contact suppliers to place orders, confirm shipment dates or check the availability and quality of materials. (1)
  • May give directions to assistants and provide advice to new employees about operating equipment. (2)
  • Co-ordinate work with co-workers to ensure there is no duplication of tasks when working on joint projects. (2)
  • Discuss repair requirements with spot welders and inspectors. (2)
  • Interact with supervisors to discuss orders, work in progress and problems with products. (2)
  • Interact with customers to provide technical information regarding product construction and assembly. (2)
  • May participate in staff meetings to learn about new products and discuss ideas for improving production. (2)
ThinkingProblem Solving
  • May have trouble understanding assembly diagrams. They ask their supervisors for assistance. (1)
  • May find that some parts needed to assemble products are missing. They search for parts of the same type in supply areas where spares are kept or in warehouses. (1)
  • May find that parts have been bent during shipping. They straighten or replace the damaged parts. (1)
  • May encounter production difficulties. For example, eyeglass assemblers may find liquid alloy injected into lenses does not create a vacuum seal. The lens must be remade. (2)
Decision Making
  • Decide how best to set up in the space they are assigned by the store or warehouse manager. (1)
  • May decide on the thickness of weld required to hold and seal products. (2)
  • Decide which items to reject according to quality standards. For example, Venetian blind assemblers decide whether slats are in acceptable condition for shipping and if colours are correct. If not, they will place them in redo areas. (2)
  • Make decisions on how to fix products to satisfy customers. For example, golf club assemblers decide how much lead to add to clubs to arrive at the required weights when customers want heavier golf clubs. (2)
Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking information was not collected for this profile.

Job Task Planning and Organizing

The assemblers and inspectors in this group organize their tasks according to work orders received from customers and schedules set by supervisors. Work is fairly repetitive and routine, particularly if working on assembly lines.

Significant Use of Memory
  • May remember the number of pieces produced, inspected and rejected.
  • May remember colour codes of wiring.
  • Remember assembly procedures so they don't have to keep referring to instructions.
Finding Information
  • Find specifications for various products on charts. (1)
  • Refer to manufacturers' lists and reference manuals for product information, such as prescriptions for glasses, thicknesses and tints. (2)
  • Look up pricing information in files or call appropriate suppliers for the information. (2)
  • Consult instruction manuals to find solutions to assembly problems. (2)
Digital technologyRésolution de problèmes
  • Éprouver des difficultés à comprendre les schémas d'assemblage. Ils demandent l'aide de leurs superviseurs. (1)
  • Remarquer que des pièces nécessaires à l'assemblage de produits manquent. Ils recherchent des pièces du même type dans les entrepôts ou dans les aires d'approvisionnement où sont conservées les pièces de rechange. (1)
  • S'apercevoir que des pièces ont été pliées pendant leur transport. Ils redressent ces pièces ou les remplacent. (1)
  • Faire face à des problèmes de production. Par exemple, les monteurs de lunettes peuvent constater que l'alliage liquide injecté entre les verres ne constitue pas un joint hermétique. Les verres devront donc être refaits. (2)
Prise de décision
  • Décider de l'organisation de l'espace qui leur a été attribué par le directeur du magasin ou de l'entrepôt. (1)
  • Décider, au besoin, de l'épaisseur de la soudure requise pour fixer et sceller des produits. (2)
  • Décider quels articles ne respectent pas les normes de qualité et doivent être jetés. Par exemple, les monteurs de stores vénitiens décident avant l'expédition si les lamelles sont dans un état acceptable et si les couleurs sont correctes. Dans le cas contraire, ils les placent dans les aires de reconstruction. (2)
  • Prendre des décisions pour réparer des produits de façon à satisfaire la clientèle. Par exemple, les monteurs de bâtons de golf décident quelle quantité de plomb ils doivent ajouter à l'article pour obtenir le poids de bâton requis par le client. (2)
Planification et organisation du travail Planification et organisation de leur travail

Les monteurs et les contrôleurs de ce groupe organisent leurs tâches en fonction des commandes des clients et des horaires établis par leurs superviseurs. Le travail est assez répétitif et routinier, en particulier sur les chaînes de montage.

Utilisation particulière de la mémoire
  • Se souvenir, au besoin, du nombre de pièces produites, inspectées et rejetées.
  • Se souvenir, au besoin, des codes de couleur du câblage.
  • Se souvenir des procédures d'assemblage, ce qui permet d'éviter de consulter continuellement les instructions.
Recherche de renseignements
  • Trouver sur des tableaux les spécifications correspondant à divers produits. (1)
  • Consulter les listes de fabricants et les manuels de référence pour se renseigner sur les produits, comme les prescriptions de lunettes, l'épaisseur des verres et leur teinte. (2)
  • Consulter dans les dossiers l'information concernant les prix ou appeler les fournisseurs correspondants pour obtenir ces renseignements. (2)
  • Consulter les manuels d'instruction pour résoudre les problèmes d'assemblage. (2)
Additional informationOther Essential Skills:

Working with Others

The assemblers and inspectors in this group mainly work independently. They may work with partners to perform some assembly tasks such as putting together wiring. They may also work as part of assembly teams, passing on partially completed products to workers next to them on the assembly line.

Continuous Learning

The assemblers and inspectors in this group keep up with changing technical specifications of the products which they assemble. They read technical bulletins and catalogues for the latest information on components and costs. Inspectors may take courses and an exam to qualify to be an inspector.

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