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Job Description of a Mechanical Fitter

by Naomi Millburn, studioD

If you're good with your hands and have a patient personality that can handle focusing on tasks for an extended period of time, then you might want to pursue a career as a mechanical fitter. Mechanical fitters work to assemble devices used in machines. People with technical minds often thrive in these positions.

Mechanical Fitter Basics

Work as a mechanical fitter is centered around the machinery of a wide array of fields, including the military, car and mining industries. Mechanical fitters often seek employment at power plants, for example. If you work as a mechanical fitter, you're essentially in charge of putting components of machinery together, often those made of metal. The job calls for an array of different tasks, from checking to see that all of the designated elements are of the appropriate size to looking for possible issues in the functioning of any of said components.

Day in the Life

Outside of joining parts of machinery, mechanical fitters have a variety of other key duties. The job often involves time constraints, so fitters have to make sure they're done building machinery by certain dates. If they don't have a sufficient numbers of certain necessary parts, they have to notify the appropriate divisions of the issue. When they're in the middle of constructing machinery, they also have to be able to properly and safely put away any particularly big elements necessary for future use. The position involves using many different tools. It also requires a knowledge of engineering processes that permit the effective functioning of machinery. Measurement is a major aspect of mechanical fitting. Before these fitters work on machinery, they first have to make sure all of the parts fit together.

Vital Personality Traits and Skills

People who do well in mechanical fitter jobs generally have strong dexterity. They also have keen vision and hearing. An eye for detail is important, too. Heavy lifting can also be a big part of mechanical fitting, which is why sturdy people in good physical condition are usually a proper fit for it. Aside from those qualities, mechanical fitters should be determined types who persist at finding solutions for pressing issues. They should be able to collaborate successfully with groups, as interaction with others is commonplace in these positions.

On-Duty Learning and Beyond

Extensive training is generally necessary for those interested in becoming mechanical fitters. Many people gain this experience through apprenticeships, where they garner essential skills through viewing their supervisors in action. If a candidate successfully completes an apprenticeship in the field, he can earn certification. Education for mechanical fitters doesn't always end once they're through with their apprenticeships. Additional training courses for professional mechanical fitters are often necessary to keep workers updated in current skills and advancements. Doing this enables them to keep their certification.


About the Author

Naomi Millburn has been a freelance writer since 2011. Her areas of writing expertise include arts and crafts, literature, linguistics, traveling, fashion and European and East Asian cultures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American literature from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.

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