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7316 - Machine fitters

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.

  • Illustrative example(s)
    • aircraft engine fitter
    • assembly fitter
    • heavy equipment fitter
    • machine builder
    • machine fitter
    • machine tool builder
    • mechanical fitter
  • All examples
  • agricultural machinery builder
  • agricultural machinery fitter
  • aircraft engine fitter
  • assembly fitter
  • assembly fitter, aircraft engines
  • charge hand, machine fitters
  • chemical-processing machine builder
  • compressor fitter
  • crane fitter
  • engine fitter, aircraft
  • farm machinery builder
  • farm machinery fitter
  • fitter, aircraft engines
  • fitter, heavy equipment
  • fitter, heavy machinery
  • fitter, locomotives
  • fitter, machine
  • fitter, production equipment
  • fitter, railway coach
  • fitter, ship machinery
  • food-processing machine fitter
  • grader fitter
  • heavy equipment fitter
  • heavy machinery fitter
  • lead hand, assembly mechanics-fitters
  • locomotive builder
  • logging machinery fitter
  • machine builder
  • machine builder-fitter
  • machine fitter
  • machine tool builder
  • machine tool builder-integrator
  • machine tool integrator
  • machinery manufacturing fitter
  • manufacturing machinery fitter
  • mechanical fitter
  • mining machinery fitter
  • production equipment fitter
  • pulp and paper machinery builder
  • ship engine fitter
  • ship machinery fitter
  • textile machinery fitter
  • turbine fitter
  • Exclusion(s)
    • Aircraft assemblers (See 9521 Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors)
    • Assemblers of electrical industrial equipment (See 9525 Assemblers, fabricators and inspectors, industrial electrical motors and transformers)
    • Mechanical assemblers and inspectors (9526)
    • Millwrights (See 7311 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics)
    • Supervisors of machine fitters (See 7301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades)
    • Welders and related machine operators (7237)
  • Main duties

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.
  • 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.

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