Summary of occupation
Mechanical fitters use a range of tools and engineering techniques to maintain and repair mechanical plant machinery and equipment to operational standards. Work includes the identification of defective or worn mechanical components or equipment, repair/replacement of worn/faulty components or equipment, and modifications. Parts may be repaired or manufactured using the general application of workshop machines. Mechanical fitters also use precision measuring instruments to check parts for accuracy and fit.
Mechanical fitters may be employed in the trades and services industry area, often in Perth's industrial areas, or in the mining industry in areas such as the Pilbara, Kimberly and Goldfields.
Fits and assembles metal parts and subassemblies to fabricate production machines and other equipment.
Mechanical Engineering Tradesperson, Supervisor, Metal Fitters and Machinists
A mechanical fitter needs:
- to enjoy technical work
- to be physically fit
- good hand-eye co-ordination
- to be able to work independently or as part of a team
- practical ability
- an eye for detail.
Mechanical fitters usually work in workshops or production areas that can be noisy, hot and dusty. They may spend most of their day standing and often need to bend, crouch or climb.Workers must be aware of safety regulations and wear personal protective equipment (for example, earmuffs to minimise noise levels in the workplace).
On average, mechanical fitters, classified under metal fitters and machinists can expect to earn between $1 500 and $1 999 per week ($78 000 and $103 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for and their level of experience.
Making, installing and repairing machinery requires mechanical fitters to be familiar with a range of tools and equipment, such as lathes, milling and drilling machines, thermal heating, cutting and welding equipment. These tools are used to mark, press, cut, grind, plane bore and drill objects.
To become a mechanical fitter you usually need to complete an apprenticeship. The mechanical fitter or fitter and turner apprenticeships usually take 48 months to complete and are available as school-based apprenticeships.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.
If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.
If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.
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If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.