What Does A Fitter-Assembler (Motor Assembly) Do?

A Fitter-Assembler (Motor Assembly) (661H) prepares, assembles, maintains and installs large and small motors, generators and dynamometers. They not only assemble the products, but also take apart and reassemble them in order to repair or provide maintenance. One aspect of this job is operating automated assembly equipment, including robotics and small cranes.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • assembling, fitting and installing prefabricated parts to form subassemblies
  • reading and interpreting drawings, schematics, work orders and diagrams
  • using hand and power tools
  • using bolting and riveting equipment
  • operating or tending automated assembling equipment
  • assembling and fitting friction and anti-friction bearings
  • assembling and wiring high and low voltage electronic components
  • identifying and diagnosing problems with mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and pneumatics
  • performing job duties with care and precision

Additional information on training standards for this particular trade in the Industrial sector may be found on the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website at: http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/trades/training-standards1/industrial

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

A Fitter-Assembler (Motor Assembly) is a Voluntary certified trade in the industrial sector which means that it does not require a valid Certificate of Apprenticeship to work in the trade. However, apprenticeship training is recommended. Grade 12 and age 16 is the legal minimum requirement to be apprenticed in this trade. Completion of 7520 hours of  on-the-job training, plus two 8 week blocks of in-school training. To succeed in this trade, you should possess mechanical skills and have the ability to problem solve. This is the minimum minimum to be apprenticed in this trade under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades.

What’s Your Future as a Fitter-Assembler (Motor Assembly)?

Fitter-Assemblers (Motor Assembly) work mainly indoors and may be required to stand for prolonged periods of time. They must also have a good eye for detail and pay close attention to safety. 

Employment for this occupation is expected to be fair through to the year 2007 because of the expectation that industry will use more and more high-tech manufacturing processes including robotics and lasers. Employers who hire Fitter-Assemblers (Motor Assembly) include:

  • Mechanical products manufacturing companies
  • Machinery and transportation equipment manufacturers

Wage Rate

Fully qualified Fitter-Assemblers (Motor Assembly) earn an average of $13-$20/ hour, not including overtime and benefits.


Ask Yourself: Is Working as a Fitter-Assembler (Motor Assembly) For You?

Are you good at planning how to accomplish a task from start to finish?

Yes     No

Are you interested in working with machinery and high tech equipment?

Yes     No

Are you good at reading and interpreting blueprints?

Yes     No

Are you able to stand on your feet for prolonged periods, exposed to high levels of noise?

Yes     No

Are you safety conscious?

Yes     No

Can you communicate effectively with co-workers and supervisors?

Yes     No

If you answered Yes to most of these questions, Fitter-Assembler (Motor Assembly) may be for you!

You may also want to explore other careers that require similar interests and skills, such as:

  • Electronics Assembler
  • Motive Power Machinist
  • General Machinist
  • Electrical Control (Machine) Builder
  • Tool and Die Maker



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