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.
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.
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.
Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.
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)
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