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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Example titles

  • Aircraft engine fitter
  • Assembly fitter
  • Heavy equipment fitter
  • Machine builder
  • Machine fitter
  • Machine tool builder
  • Mechanical fitter

Main duties

This group performs 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.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a mechanical apprenticeship program, such as millwrighting, machining, pipefitting, automotive service or heavy equipment repair or completion of a four-year machine fitter apprenticeship program or 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.

Additional information

  • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Exclusions

  • Aircraft assemblers (in 9521 Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors)
  • Assemblers of electrical industrial equipment (in 9525 Assemblers, fabricators and inspectors, industrial electrical motors and transformers)
  • Mechanical assemblers and inspectors (9526)
  • Millwrights (in 7311 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics)
  • Supervisors of machine fitters (in 7301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades)
  • Welders and related machine operators (7237)

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