Machine Fitters Play Key Roles in Producing Heavy Equipment and Machinery
There are many individuals who, as the expression goes, enjoy working with their hands. These are the types of people who like to construct, assemble, and/or repair mechanical devices, always undertaking such projects as installing garage door openers, refurbishing small engines, or converting a box of loose parts into a new outdoor grill; and those who are not so inclined probably know someone they can call when any such help is required.
Having a predilection for building, repairing, and/or installing mechanical equipment just might be the ideal background for a career as a machine fitter, or what some employers may define as a mechanical fitter. A machine fitter is a trades person responsible for the assembly, fitting, integration, or construction of heavy industrial machinery along with transportation equipment or turbines, most notably railway vehicles and aircraft engines.
As a result, employment opportunities for machine fitters include but are not limited to:
- Precision Machining
- Industrial Manufacturing
- Energy/Natural Resources
- Heavy Equipment Manufacturing
Although it may not be mandatory in all cases, the achievement of a high school diploma will be advantageous for individuals looking for work as a machine fitter. However, the completion of a multi-year machine fitter apprenticeship or a mechanical apprenticeship in one of these programs is generally considered to be a requirement:
- Automotive Service
- Heavy Equipment Repair
In terms of their primary duties/responsibilities, machine fitters can perform some of all of the following:
- Reading and interpreting blueprints and schematics
- Set-up and adjustment of metalworking machines/equipment
- Fitting and assembling parts to build machinery/heavy equipment
- Dismantling faulty assemblies and repairing/replacing defective parts
- Installing components such as gears, motors, and hydraulic assemblies
- Quality control – inspecting parts, sub-assemblies, and finished products
The work environment for machine fitters is usually a workshop or production area/floor; Machine fitters must have a keen eye for detail, display good eye-hand coordination, and possess the physical fitness to bend, crouch, or climb on a frequent basis.
A Placement Agency Can Offer Support to those Looking for Machine Fitter Jobs
Individuals interested in pursuing employment as a machine fitter might find it beneficial to synergize their efforts with the support offered by an experienced placement agency such as Winters Technical Staffing. Collaborating with the job placement specialists from Winters Technical Staffing will provide interested parties with access to many job search-related resources, including:
- Resume content/development
- Social media/online interactions
- Interview preparations/coaching
- Job postings not advertised publicly
- Suitable apprenticeship opportunities
- Networking within applicable industries
The consultants at Winters Technical Staffing have been successfully addressing staffing needs of employers looking for skilled trades, including machine fitters, for more than 40 years. Throughout this period, Winters Technical Staffing has established/maintained effective working relationships with many such clients; as a result, these employers will often defer their recruiting of tradespeople to the expertise of Winters Technical Staffing. This can in turn bode well for any individuals looking for employment as a machine fitter.
Contact Winters Today
For the coaching and resources that you may need to guide your efforts to find work as a machine fitter, call the job placement specialists from Winters Technical Staffing today at 416-495-7422 to book a no-obligation consultation on your personal goals and aspirations.