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Other Wood Products Assemblers and Inspectors (9533)

Assemblers in this unit group assemble a variety of wood products and millwork, such as window sashes and doors. Inspectors in this unit group inspect wood products to ensure product quality. They are employed by establishments engaged in manufacturing a variety of wood and millwork products.

Reading Help - Reading
  • Receive work orders when starting new jobs. These may provide specifications such as the materials to use or the fire-rating for the door. (1)
  • Read company policies and procedures. (2)
  • Read information sheets about new products and glues. (2)
  • Read quality standards for construction and assembly of products, such as walls or doors. (2)
  • Read trade journals to stay current with developments in the industry. (2)
  • Read contracts between the company and the customer to understand the range of services which are to be provided. (3)
  • Refer to manuals for instructions on assembling products. (3)
Document use Help - Document use
  • Read lists of materials when assembling packages for shipment. (1)
  • Read labels on cans of paint and lacquer. (2)
  • Read work order forms and customer invoices. (2)
  • Refer to drawings, such as truss drawings showing how pieces are to be laid out. (2)
  • Recognize angles at which components are to be joined. (2)
  • Refer to pictures, such as pictures of the various types of log homes that they may be asked to assemble. (2)
  • Refer to measurement tables, such as those for wall sections, which appear below scale drawings. (2)
  • Complete forms, such as time sheets and production reports. (2)
  • Read blueprints to check the design specifications of products to be assembled or inspected. (3)
Writing Help - Writing
  • Make notes about an assembly, such as a door assembly, in order to know how to do it again in the future. (1)
  • Amend work orders to reflect modifications required by customers. (1)
  • Complete job sheets to record work done on various projects. (1)
  • May write reminder notes to themselves about measurements, instructions and supplies. (1)
  • May write notes to supplement sketches of new products in order to inform others of the assembling procedures required. (2)
Numeracy Help - Numeracy Money Math
  • May receive deposits for construction services from customers. (1)
  • May complete invoices, including tax calculations and rates per hour. (3)
Scheduling, Budgeting and Accounting Math
  • May schedule the use of materials, supplies and human resources needed to complete a job. (2)
Measurement and Calculation Math
  • Measure the width of logs in order to centre them on the lathes. (1)
  • Measure pre-cut wood pieces to ensure they meet the specifications on drawings. (1)
  • Calculate the volume of concrete needed for footings. (2)
  • Measure angles of doorways using adjustable squares. If the doorway isn't square they add a degree to the saw angle when cutting the trim. (2)
  • Measure curves in cupboard door panels. (3)
  • May calculate the measurements of trusses using square roots. (3)
Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the number of boards that can be cut from a wood order. (1)
  • Estimate the time it will take to complete an order. (2)
Oral communication Help - Oral communication
  • Give brief instructions to helpers or newly hired assemblers. (1)
  • Interact with shop forepersons or managers to discuss problems with job orders or schedules. (2)
  • Interact with co-workers to discuss work in progress and exchange information. (2)
  • Communicate with customers when doing installation in their homes or offices or when customers come to the shop with questions. (2)
  • Talk to suppliers and manufacturers about orders, styles and quality issues. (2)
  • May interact with the general public when displaying products at trade shows. (2)
Thinking Help - Thinking Problem Solving
  • May face installation problems, such as a door which will not swing properly. They make adaptations, such as enlarging the hinge to make it move more smoothly. (1)
  • May find that a supplier does not deliver an order in time, jeopardizing the completion of a project. They check lists of alternate suppliers and move quickly to place the order with another supplier. (2)
  • May find that there are chips out of the wood to be used for a door. They examine it carefully to see if it can be repaired in a way that the chips are not visible. (2)
  • May find that windows are too big or too small to fit the pre-cut frame. They do carpentry work on the frame to make it bigger or smaller, as needed. (2)
  • May encounter customers who expect products, for example houses, to be different in detail from the package received. They make modifications, such as to the slope of a roof, carefully planning the use of remaining materials. (3)
Decision Making
  • Decide whether the graining and colour of pieces for a cupboard door are close enough matches. (1)
  • Decide what kinds of substitutions can be made if parts or fittings are missing from an assembly package. (2)
  • Decide whether to reject a piece which has been damaged when driving in nails or whether to repair it. (2)
  • Decide on the order in which to complete job tasks, taking into consideration customer needs, availability of materials and co-ordination with other workers. (3)
Critical Thinking

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Job Task Planning and Organizing

These wood products assemblers and inspectors follow the general work orders provided by supervisors but have scope for determining the sequence of tasks which will best fulfill work objectives. Since they may be working on several jobs at the same time, they need to plan carefully to take into account the availability of materials and the deadlines for each project. While much of the work is routine, there are some disruptions to the routine caused by changing priorities or unforeseen problems, such as receiving a load of defective parts. They co-ordinate their tasks with co-workers with whom they may have to share tools and work space. Often the sequence in which they undertake tasks has an impact on efficiency. (2)

Significant Use of Memory
  • Remember the specifications of commonly assembled products.
  • Remember the types of fixtures used for certain jobs so that they do not need to look them up when there is a re-order.
  • Memorize assembly codes which are used to identify logs in a log house.
  • Remember the sequence of steps in a complex installation.
Finding Information
  • May refer to blueprints for a house to gain insight into assembly problems. (2)
  • Obtain information about residential construction issues by contacting manufacturers, architects and engineers. (2)
  • Refer to catalogues of materials to find information on the characteristics and uses of the materials. (2)
Digital technology Help - Digital technology
  • Use computer-operated equipment. For example, they may use a computer-operated saw. (1)
  • They may look up customer and supplier information in a database. (2)
  • They may enter invoice information. (2)
Additional information Help - Additional information Other Essential Skills:

Working with Others

These wood products assemblers and inspectors mainly work independently, co-ordinating activities as required with co-workers. They may work with a partner or helper to lift heavy objects or to operate equipment more efficiently. Many jobs, such as assembling a log home at a site, are done by a team.

Continuous Learning

These wood products assemblers and inspectors continue to learn on the job. They update their product knowledge through printed materials and learn new ways of doing things from co-workers. Manufacturers may provide some specialized training in regard to specific types of assembly.

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