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Fitter and Turner
Occupation in demand Occupation in demand Specialised occupation Specialised occupation

Fits, assembles, grinds and shapes metal parts and subassemblies to fabricate production machines and other equipment.


Tasks Include:


  • studying drawings and specifications to determine suitable material, method and sequence of operations, and machine settings
  • fitting fabricated metal parts into products and assembling metal parts and subassemblies to produce machines and equipment
  • checking fabricated and assembled metal parts for accuracy, clearance and fit using precision measuring instruments
  • setting guides, stops and other controls on machining tools, setting up prescribed cutting and shaping tools and dies in machines and presses, and setting controls for textile machines
  • forming metal stock and castings to fine tolerances using machining tools to press, cut, grind, plane, bore and drill metal
  • cutting, threading, bending and installing hydraulic and pneumatic pipes and lines
  • preparing pattern mechanisms to control the operation of textile machines used to spin, weave, knit, sew and tuft fabric
  • diagnosing faults and performing operational maintenance of machines, and overhauling and repairing mechanical parts and fluid power equipment
Specialisations
  • Fitter Armament (Army)
Job prospects for Metal Fitters and Machinists in Victoria

Occupations in the Metal Fitters and Machinists group include Fitter (General), Fitter and Turner, Fitter-Welder, Metal Fitters and Machinists (other), Metal Machinist (First Class) and Textile, Clothing and Footwear Mechanic.

Employment prospects
Skills shortage: this occupation needs more skilled workers now. There are currently 16,100 Metal Fitters and Machinists in Victoria. Over the next five years, the size of this relatively large occupation is expected to grow. Employment prospects for the next five years are strong.

Average weekly wage
$1,589.80

Hourly earnings
$41.30

For more information about this occupation at a national level visit the Job Outlook website. External link

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