Machine fitters (NOC 7316)

Job titles

  • agricultural machinery builder
  • agricultural machinery fitter
  • aircraft engine fitter
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Nature of work

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.

Fields of interest

  • Carrying out tests or trials, process control
  • Making or building things, constructing, doing repairs, and performing installations
  • Working in transportation and maintenance
  • Working with your hands

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.

Main characteristics of the occupation

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.

Skill type

  • Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations

Skill level

  • Technical

More information

  • * Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.