Mechanical Fitter Jobs in Demand
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In this blog, we will discuss the career path of a mechanical fitter in Australia and how TRS Resourcing can help you find your next job.
We often have clients looking for an experienced mechanical fitter to join their team.
What is a mechanical fitter?
Mechanical fitters perform installation or maintenance duties directly related to mechanical systems. They assemble components into working units and test completed assemblies for correct operation. They may also carry out routine tasks such as changing oil, cleaning air filters, and greasing machinery.
Fitters work in a variety of environments, both indoors and out. They require good physical health due to the manual nature of this job. Fitters should also possess manual dexterity with tools and other equipment.
They can be responsible for installing or repairing mechanical systems, including HVAC, plumbing, fuel oil piping, boiler systems, refrigeration piping, electrical wiring, and sheet metal ductwork. Their proven ability to work with hand tools, power tools and other machines make them essential to the manufacturing process.
Mechanical fitters work from drawings to assemble, maintain and repair machines. They fit fabricated metal parts following specifications and check parts for accuracy using measuring instruments.
They possess an eye for detail and undertake highly technical work. Other duties may include fault-finding and testing, and setting up shaping and cutting tools in machines. They may also be required to erect equipment and machines on-site.
The mining and resources sector employs thousands of mechanical fitters each year, particularly in Western Australia. Mine-site work generally involves hot and dusty working conditions on a FIFO basis. However, mechanical and maintenance fitters in this sector usually earn a highly competitive salary.
Demand in Australia
Mechanical fitters have been in demand for several years and the need is expected to remain, particularly in the mining industry. They keep mine sites running as they install, maintain, repair and overhaul complex machinery equipment as well as create detailed drawings of the systems they work on. In Western Australia alone, there are more than 12,000 Mechanical Fitters employed in the mining sector.
Skills and Knowledge
Essential skills for a fitter include:
Attention to detail
Ability to read and interpret work instructions
Ability to work effectively in a team
Having these skills will make you a valuable asset to any employer. It is also beneficial to possess a willingness to work in an outdoor, hot, or confined work environment.
Working as a fitter can be very rewarding but it's also quite demanding. Mechanical fitters need to be determined, self-motivated, and able to work under pressure.
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Qualified mechanical fitters in Australia have usually completed an apprenticeship, which typically lasts for four years. Throughout the apprenticeship they will earn a Certificate III in Engineering Tradesperson Mechanical (Mechanical Fitter). This certificate is one of the first things employers look for on a mechanical fitter resume.
According to ABS figures, the median salary for all metal fitters and machinists is $2,062 a week. Indeed lists the average wage at around $55 for fitters in Western Australia, based on 821 reported salaries. This varies between specialisations (such as fitter-welders and fitter and turners) as well as the level of experience.
There are higher rates of pay available for fitters working on temporary contracts and overtime work. In Australia's booming resources industry, mechanical fitters can expect to earn more than the average mechanical fitter salary. Mechanical fitters are also heavily reliant on their tool allowance.
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