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Fitters and Turners fit, assemble, grind and shape metal parts and subassemblies to fabricate production machines and other equipment.


  • studies drawings and specifications to determine suitable material, method and sequence of operations and machine settings
  • fits fabricated metal parts into products and assembles metal parts and sub-assemblies to produce machines and equipment
  • checks fabricated and assembled metal parts for accuracy, clearance and fit using precision measuring instruments
  • sets guides, stops and other controls on machining tools, sets up prescribed cutting and shaping tools and dies in machines and presses, and sets controls for textile machines
  • forms metal stock and castings to fine tolerance using machining tools to press, cut, grind, plane, bore and drill metal
  • cuts, threads, bends and installs hydraulic and pneumatic pipes and lines
  • diagnoses faults and performs operational maintenance of machines, and overhauls and repairs mechanical parts and fluid power equipment
  • may erect machines and equipment on-site.

To become a Fitter and Turner

  • You need extensive experience, or a certificate III in engineering - mechanical trade to work as a Fitter and Turner. This course is often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

    Find a Certificate in the Fabrication Trade

Skills employers are looking for

  • Machinery Operation

  • Lathe Operation

  • Welding

  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC)

  • Communication Skills

  • Forklift Operation

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