Start a Career as a Fitter and Turner
Fitter jobs offer a profitable career for experienced tradespeople. Whether you are a recent graduate or looking for a career change, there are plenty of vacancies. In our modern society there is a demand for skilled professionals, who play an essential part in assembling machinery.
Fitter and Turner positions can be found in a variety of industries including food manufacturing and mining. The equipment that is used varies according to the specific industry. Employees in the mining industry can expect to use bore micrometres and telescopic gauges. In a production company equipment includes conveyor systems, gearboxes as well as pumps. Other equipment that is used in this job includes hydraulic pipe lines.
Fitters and turners make metal parts and put the parts together to build industrial machinery or equipment. They work under the guidance of a supervisor. Outstanding hand-eye co-ordination is essential for this position. Full time, temporary and part-time fitter and turner jobs are available.
Fitter and Turners are required to review information which enables them to assemble machines that operate at maximum efficiency. They must be able to comprehend machine sketches. In order to put the parts together it is necessary to measure each component. Once the components have been assembled, a Machinist will finish building the machine. The parts must be oiled and polished in preparation for the assembly process. Fitters and Turners are responsible for keeping the machinery in excellent working order. Their duties include maintaining and repairing the equipment. They also customise equipment so that it is capable of producing the required components. Fitters and Turners are responsible for upholding high standards of safety. Ordering equipment and setting up new machines are among the duties of employees in this position.
Fitter and Turners need to be qualified and colleges in South Africa offer courses. Subjects covered include mathematics, engineering as well as fitter and turner theory. The courses aim to provide students with the relevant skills for this position. Recently qualified fitters and turners can gain experience by taking a junior position.
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