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Vocational Qualified

Fitters and/or Fitters and Turners fit, assemble, and manufacture metal parts and subassemblies to machines and other equipment.

Fitters read and interpret drawings and specifications to determine suitable material, methods and sequence.

Fitters operate specialist machining tools to press, cut, grind, bore and mill metal into precise parts.

Fitters are creative and visualise how a part will move and work after it has been changed.

Fitters have sound mechanical knowledge, analytical and problem-solving skills with strong attention to detail.

“I love where the integration of technology is taking this trade”

Average age
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full time
Currently Employed

Tasks for this role

  • Studying drawings and specifications to determine suitable material, method and sequence of operations, and machine settings

  • Fitting fabricated metal parts into products and assembling metal parts and subassemblies to produce machines and equipment

  • Checking fabricated and assembled metal parts for accuracy, clearance and fit using precision measuring instruments

  • Setting guides, stops and other controls on machining tools, setting up prescribed cutting and shaping tools and dies in machines and presses, and setting controls for textile machines

  • Forming metal stock and castings to fine tolerances using machining tools to press, cut, grind, plane, bore and drill metal

  • Cutting, threading, bending and installing hydraulic and pneumatic pipes and lines

  • Preparing pattern mechanisms to control the operation of textile machines used to spin, weave, knit, sew and tuft fabric

  • Diagnosing faults and performing operational maintenance of machines, and overhauling and repairing mechanical parts and fluid power equipment

  • May erect machines and equipment on-site


  • Medium skill level
  • Practical and Administrative
  • Very Heavy physical demand

Education Pathways

  • Technical certification in Engineering – Mechanical Trade usually through an apprenticeship program.

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