Mechanical fitter


What they do

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, Kimberley and Goldfields.

Specialisations include: Computer Numeric Control Setter, Diesel Fitter-Mechanic, Fitter-Machinist, Fitter-Mechanic, Maintenance Fitter, Mechanic (Diesel and Heavy Earthmoving Equipment), Plant mechanic

Working conditions

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).

Tools and technologies

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.

How do I become one?

Education and training

To become a mechanical fitter, you usually need to undertake an apprenticeship in engineering tradesperson mechanical (mechanical fitter). This apprenticeship usually takes between 42 and 48 months to complete, and is available as a school-based apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer, enabling you to complete training towards a nationally recognised qualification. You spend  time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider.

You can do an apprenticeship or traineeship if you are a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or as an adult or mature-aged person wishing to change careers. You can even begin your apprenticeship or traineeship while you're still at school.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.