Fitter & Turner Apprenticeship

Ditch the desk, swap the keyboard for the satisfying clang of steel. As a Fitter & Turner Apprentice, you’ll be a sculptor of metal, transforming raw materials into the intricate components that power our world. Embrace this hands-on adventure:

Master the art of metalworking: 

Learn the language of lathes, mills, and welding techniques, wielding them with precision to craft parts, machines, and structures that endure.

Blueprint to life: 

Translate engineering designs into reality, meticulously constructing components that become the backbone of countless industries – from towering skyscrapers to the engines that propel us forward.

Embrace the challenge of precision: 

Develop a keen eye for detail and unwavering focus, for in the world of metalworking, accuracy is paramount. Every component you create plays a crucial role.

Thrive in a collaborative environment: 

Work alongside experienced tradespeople, sharing knowledge, tackling complex projects together, and building a community around your shared passion for shaping metal.

Why choose this path?

Remember, with apprenticeships and traineeships you start earning a wage from day 1! 

High demand, timeless trade: Skilled Fitter & Turners are always in high demand, opening doors to a secure and fulfilling career. Your work forms the foundation of countless industries.

From apprentice to master craftsperson: Climb the ladder of expertise, specializing in areas like CNC machining, toolmaking, or metal fabrication. You could even lead your own workshop.

Leave a lasting legacy in metal: Every gear you craft, every weld you perfect contributes to the smooth operation of machinery, leaving a tangible mark on the world around you.

Be a metal sculptor, a problem solver, an architect of steel: Join the ranks of the skilled Fitter & Turners, where metal becomes your canvas, your tools your instruments, and every completed project a testament to your expertise.

Potential Roles After Completing a Fitter & Turner Apprenticeship:

  • Fitter: Install, maintain, and repair mechanical equipment in various industries.
  • Turner: Operate lathes and other specialized machinery to shape and fabricate metal components.
  • CNC Machinist: Program and operate computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines for high-precision metalworking.

Specialised Roles (with further training/experience):

  • Toolmaker: Design, manufacture, and maintain specialized tools and jigs used in production processes.
  • Die Maker: Create and maintain metal molds used for mass production of parts.
  • Maintenance Mechanic: Diagnose and repair mechanical equipment to ensure smooth operation and prevent downtime.
  • Welding Inspector: Ensure the quality and safety of welds in various applications.
  • Quality Control Inspector: Monitor and ensure the quality of manufactured parts throughout the production process.

Advanced Roles (with significant experience and/or qualifications):

  • Production Engineer: Design and oversee production processes, optimizing efficiency and quality.
  • Project Manager: Lead and coordinate the planning and execution of complex engineering projects.
  • Business Owner: Start and run your own metal fabrication or machining workshop.

Additional Training Opportunities:

  • Welding certifications: Enhance your skills in various welding techniques.
  • Advanced machining courses: Specialize in operating complex CNC machines and programming techniques.
  • Engineering degrees: Pursue further education to become a qualified Mechanical Engineer.

How long?

Approximately 36-48 months for an Apprenticeship, but it very much depends on each individual and how quickly competencies can be completed.

Ready to forge your future with a Fitter & Turner Apprenticeship? We’ll provide the workplace, safety wear, and support you need to become a master technician and a vital force in the world of engineering!

# The Tea

Coming straight out of school, I figured a Fitter & Turner apprenticeship meant lots of oil and turning wrenches. However, I can diagnose problems and figure out solutions on some serious machines. It's amazing what you see in factories and workshops as you learn the trade. Gears that need replacing, parts that need fine-tuning – things most people wouldn't even think twice about. If you like to understand how things like machines work, then this is definitely the trade to look at.
Mark – Wingfield South Australia

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