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Assemblers, Fabricators and Inspectors, Industrial Electrical Motors and Transformers (9525)

This unit group includes workers who assemble, fabricate, fit, wire and inspect heavy-duty industrial electrical equipment. They are employed by manufacturers of industrial electric motors, transformers, control equipment, railway locomotives, transit vehicles and other heavy electrical equipment.

Reading Help - Reading
  • Read safety pamphlets to apply safe working practices on the job. (1)
  • May read instructions for the sequence of operation of components on products. These instructions are referenced when assembling the product. (2)
  • Read reports of several paragraphs in length prepared by technicians to identify problems with a motor. (2)
  • Read memos from engineers or their supervisors to obtain information about upgrades or changes to electrical codes. (2)
  • Read manufacturers' instruction sheets to obtain information on how to install components. (2)
  • Read selected pages in books on electric motors to find information needed to solve technical problems. (3)
  • Read Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). (3)
  • Read equipment, procedures and quality assurance manuals to find information related to assembling, fabricating, fitting, wiring and inspecting heavy-duty industrial electrical equipment. (3)
Document use Help - Document use
  • Read numbers and names on motor plates to obtain data on horsepower and speed. (1)
  • Read Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) labels to follow safety procedures. (2)
  • Read work orders to identify the scope of the work to be performed and complete sections of work orders to record the corresponding time expended and parts used for billing purposes. (2)
  • Refer to tables in pocket handbooks and manuals to obtain information on electrical connections, current capacity and wire sizes. (2)
  • Interpret engineering drawings, electrical schematics and blueprints to perform such tasks as assembling and fitting electrical motors, wiring electrical connections for switchboards and checking electric motors for adherence to quality control standards. (3)
  • Use a variety of tables and conversion charts to determine characteristics of transformers being built. Tables give information such as wire size, current capacity and dialectic voltages. (3)
Writing Help - Writing
  • Complete forms, such as time sheets and inspection sheets, to record information. (1)
  • Use log books to record and refer back to pertinent notes and data on each job, such as a transformer's temperature, vacuum and amperage readings at hourly intervals. (1)
  • Prepare sketches and notes when dismantling equipment to facilitate reassembly. (1)
  • May write specifications for custom-built transformers to provide the client with information on the electrical characteristics and winding instructions. (2)
  • May write descriptions of tests and checks to be performed for documentation in quality assurance manuals. (3)
  • Write test reports on equipment that has been tested offsite. (3)
Numeracy Help - Numeracy Money Math
  • May calculate charges for labour, parts and taxes to prepare invoices or provide customers with price quotations. (2)
Scheduling, Budgeting & Accounting Math
  • May prepare schedules for quality control inspections, considering such factors as standard test times. (1)
Measurement and Calculation Math
  • May weigh motors to determine the best mode of shipping. (1)
  • May convert drawing measurements from metric to imperial measurements to build electrical parts. (2)
  • May take precise measurements using specialized measurement equipment, such as micrometers and ohmmeters, to assemble and fit prefabricated parts to close tolerances, or perform final tests such as turns ratio, polarity and phase displacement. (3)
  • May use formulae to make indirect measurements, such as calculating the number of poles on a motor, when one variable is unknown. (4)
  • May use trigonometry calculations to determine if a motor's winding is in balance or out of specifications. (5)
Data Analysis Math
  • May perform tests on equipment, such as electrical motors, and compare the data obtained to the limits of their specifications to verify that the equipment is functioning normally. (1)
Numerical Estimation
  • May estimate the cost of assembling motors before the motor head is removed to give a client a general idea of the price. (2)
Oral communication Help - Oral communication
  • May interact with suppliers to obtain information about their products. (1)
  • Communicate with co-workers to co-ordinate work activities, such as moving a large piece of equipment by crane and arranging access to shared equipment. (1)
  • May communicate with co-workers to check final assembly of electric motors, transformers or control equipment for adherence to quality control standards. (2)
  • May communicate with co-workers and supervisors across the organization during continuous improvement meetings to share information on problems and solutions which impact quality. (2)
  • Interact with customers to discuss special modifications that they have requested or to explain the nature of a repair job. (2)
  • May interact with insurance agents investigating clients' claims to provide information on what caused equipment failure. (2)
  • May communicate critical safety information to co-workers regarding electricity and voltage. Failure to communicate efficiently may result in electrocution. (3)
Thinking Help - Thinking Problem Solving
  • May find that the wrong part is listed on the schematic drawing. They determine whether they have sufficient background knowledge and experience to identify the correct part and proceed with the work, consulting their co-workers or an engineer if additional expertise is required. (1)
  • May deal with production problems resulting from recurring shortages of lug bolts and related difficulties in finding comparable replacement bolts. They may prepare and post an information board, showing samples of all lugs and the corresponding replacement part numbers, to provide assemblers and engineers with easy access to information. (2)
  • May have difficulty in determining the root cause of motor failures. They find as much information as possible about the motor, by conferring with co-workers and looking up information in manuals and books, before performing various tests in a systematic fashion to diagnose the technical problem. (2)
  • May discover that the design parameters outlined by the engineering department mean that the item won't fit in the assembly. They adapt the design by modifying the coil or making a new tank, ensuring that this doesn't modify the technical integrity of the equipment. (3)
Decision Making
  • Decide how to label wires in a panel so that others may easily interpret the system, based on its logic. (1)
  • Decide which of several available methods will be used to repair motors considering such factors as the customers' budget and return deadline, availability of parts and tools and quality control standards. (2)
  • Decide whether to hold, ship or reject completed electric motors, transformers or control equipment based on whether they are in conformance with quality control standards. (3)
Critical Thinking

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Job Task Planning and Organizing

Assemblers, fabricators and inspectors, industrial electrical motors and transformers have some variety in their work activities as they work with different types and models of industrial electrical equipment. Their work priorities and deadlines are set by leadhands and supervisors who give them assignments at the beginning of each shift. Within this framework, they have considerable scope to plan and organize their job tasks and the choices made in this regard greatly impact efficiency. They co-ordinate their work plans with co-workers to schedule access to shared tools and equipment. Inspectors co-ordinate their work plans with assemblers and electrical fitters and wirers to monitor production and perform quality control inspections. The day's work plan is often disrupted by mechanical and quality problems which must be resolved immediately. (3)

Significant Use of Memory
Digital technology Help - Digital technology
  • They may operate computer-controlled equipment to wind coil, bend steel laminates and assemble generators. (1)
  • They may search for parts data, enter quality control data and print out labels to affix to equipment. (2)
Additional information Help - Additional information Other Essential Skills:

Working with Others

Assemblers, fabricators and inspectors, industrial electrical motors and transformers, mainly work independently as part of a team under the direction of a leadhand or supervisor. They sometimes work with a partner to complete large or complex jobs. They co-ordinate with others in the organization, such as engineers, design technicians, leadhands and supervisors, to clarify information or troubleshoot problems. Inspectors co-ordinate their work with assemblers and electrical fitters and wirers to ensure product quality. Some assemblers, fabricators and inspectors, industrial electrical motors and transformers, work in a team environment and participate in interdepartmental continuous improvement meetings.

Continuous Learning

Assemblers, fabricators and inspectors, industrial electrical motors and transformers, have a need for ongoing learning to maintain a current knowledge of electro-technology and industry practices related to procedures and quality control. Most new learning is acquired on the job through informal means such as independent reading, peer mentoring and supervisory coaching. Some participate in formal training activities sponsored by the company on safety, quality control standards or technical skills training.

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