Fitter and Turner

Fitters and Turners in the machining industry manufacture metal components, and they then assemble those components into products such as tools, machinery, and machine components. They work with drawings and specifications to ensure that parts will fit together; they work with machinists under a manufacturing supervisor.

Duties and tasks

  • Assembling products by fitting parts together
  • Inspecting products for quality and accuracy according to specifications
  • Maintaining and repairing machines, tools and equipment
  • Monitoring operations and making adjustments, when necessary
  • Reading and interpreting plans and specifications
  • Using specialised cutting and shaping tools and machining equipment to produce assembly parts

Skills required

  • Ability to follow Safety Standards
  • Concentration
  • Fit and Able to Perform Physical and Repetitive Tasks
  • Monitoring Operations and Machinery
  • Strong Attention to Detail
  • Strong Hand-eye Coordination and Manual Agility

Working conditions

Fitters and Turners in the machining industry work indoors in a workshop or factory setting. The various tasks workers must perform require them to use tools, equipment, and machinery in a safe and efficient manner. Because of constant exposure to raw materials and large machinery, risk of injury and illness in this career is higher; workers must wear protective clothing. They may work a general Monday through Friday work week, or part-time.

Professional associations / Industry information

Service Skills Australia
Welding Technology Institute of Australia

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