Fitting and Machining Engineering

Career information

What do they do?

Fitting and machining engineers make and assemble components for plants and equipment used in New Zealand and overseas. They use modern engineering process and machinery.

A typical day

Normally an eight-hour day; sometimes working longer may be required. Each day can be quite different; fitting and machining work is varied and can include the assembly, alignment and machining of components, plus installation of machines, hydraulic or pneumatic control systems.

Basic Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machinery operations are often involved and you could be involved in making prototypes for testing purposes.

Sound like you?

Study areas
  • English or Media or History
  • Maths or Accounting or Economics
  • Sciences or Workshop Technologies
  • Computing/ICT/Information Management.
Attributes
  • Strong eye for detail
  • Good literacy and numeracy
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good work habits/time management.
Helpful experience
  • Making or fixing things
  • Working with machinery
  • Working with computers.
Preferred work environments
  • Indoors (workshop or plant)
  • Different places from time to time.

Pathway

School

These can be useful from school:

Ideally NCEA Level 2 in:

  • Maths
  • Science (physics)
  • Technology (metal work)
  • English
Entry level jobs

Apprenticeship

  • Fitting and machining engineer
  • Fitter and turner
  • CNC programmer/operator
  • Manufacturing engineer
Advancing jobs

Higher learning

  • Specialist Engineer
  • Engineering Supervisor
  • Leading Hand
  • Workshop Supervisor
  • Welding Supervisor
Senior jobs

Higher learning

  • Foreman
  • Site Supervisor
  • Business Manager
  • Business Owner

Available jobs

Fitting and Machining Apprentice
Bay of Plenty
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Precision Gears
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Fitting and Machining Apprenticeship
Auckland
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Mastip Technology Ltd
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Mechanical Engineer Apprenticeship
Waikato
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Qualtex New Zealand Ltd
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