Machine fitters fit, assemble and otherwise build heavy industrial machinery and transportation equipment, including aircraft engines. They are employed in industrial machinery and transportation equipment manufacturing industries.
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Machine fitters perform some or all of the following duties:
- Read and interpret blueprints, sketches and diagrams to determine assembly operations
- Fit and assemble prefabricated metal parts to build heavy industrial machinery and equipment such as construction, farming, and processing machinery, railway vehicles and aircraft engines
- Move and align subassemblies and components using lifting and transporting devices such as overhead cranes
- Install major components such as gears, pumps, motors or hydraulic assemblies
- Inspect parts, subassemblies and finished products to ensure quality.
- Completion of secondary school is usually required.
- Completion of a mechanical apprenticeship program, such as millwrighting, machining, pipefitting, automotive service or heavy equipment repair
Completion of a four-year machine fitter apprenticeship program
Completion of five years of on-the-job training is usually required.
- Completion of a two- to three-year college program in aircraft manufacturing or general fabrication is required for aircraft engine fitters.
- Certification in a related trade may be required.
- Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.
- Aircraft assemblers
9521 Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors
- Assemblers of electrical industrial equipment
9525 Assemblers, fabricators and inspectors, industrial electrical motors and transformers
- Mechanical assemblers and inspectors
7311 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
- Supervisors of machine fitters
7301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
- Welders and related machine operators
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