Fitters Assistant

Fitters in the machining industry manufacture metal components, and assistants in this field perform tasks in the manufacturing process of those components. This may include cutting and shaping using specialised tools, moving and organising tools and materials, and cleaning work areas. They work under a fitter and turner, and may work with other assistants under a manufacturing supervisor.

Duties and tasks

  • Assembling products by fitting parts together
  • Inspecting products for quality and accuracy according to specifications
  • Maintaining a clean work space, and organising and moving parts and tools
  • Monitoring operations and making adjustments, when necessary
  • Using specialised cutting and shaping too
  • Ability to follow Safety Standards
  • 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 Assistants 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

Apprenticeships Group Australia
Australian Apprenticeships
Service Skills Australia
Welding Technology Institute of Australia

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