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Becoming a Fitter and Turner

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Fits, assembles, grinds and shapes metal parts and subassemblies to fabricate production machines and other equipment.
Training time 1 - 4 years
Avg. weekly wage $1,590
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 16,100

How do I become a Fitter and Turner in Victoria?

To work as a Fitter and Turner in Victoria, you'll need:
    • A Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade
    • Completed apprenticeship


    • Completion of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or equivalent
    • Strong understanding of Mathematics and English
    • Complete Hydraulics, Pneumatics and Fluid Power course
    • Relevant pre-apprenticeship:
      • Certificate II in Engineering Studies
      • Certificate II in Engineering Pathway Diploma of Engineering Technology

What does a Fitter and Turner do?

  • 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


  • Fitter Armament (Army)

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