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Lead statementMachine 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.
- aircraft engine fitter
- assembly fitter
- heavy equipment fitter
- machine builder
- machine fitter
- machine tool builder
- mechanical fitter
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
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.