Fitters and turners manufacture, construct, assemble and fit components for machinery, vehicles, installations and other apparatus. They are also responsible for maintenance and repair. They select and mark off the material required according to exact measurements on blueprints, drawings or a model; shape the rough piece of metal into its final form with power-operated tools such as milling, drilling and planning machines; fit the parts to complete the machine or article required; inspect and test the final assembly for true fit. The fitter and turner are a highly skilled craftsperson whose trade is essential to most industries.
The fitter and turner assemble production machinery parts and sub-assemblies. This involves plotting a construction or assembly process for production machinery, assembling and installing machines, troubleshooting, maintenance and repair work. This machinery may include manually or computer numerically controlled hydraulic and pneumatic equipment. Fitters and turners’ study and interpret blueprints and diagrams, take measurements and carefully draw up shapes of parts for machining. On receipt of machined parts, they then assemble machinery and integrate it into the production line or workshop floor.
Work in this area requires the competent use of hand tools like spanners, ratchets, drills, grinders and rattle guns. The fitters and turners must also be able to interpret the adequacy of joint tensions and operation of parts, and finely adjust or attune parts with grinders, files and chisels if the fit is not perfect.
What Will I Learn?
- Apply hand skills to fabricate mechanical components using engineering tools.
- Perform engineering maintenance on mechanical components, subassemblies and machines.
- Repair, install and commission subassemblies and machines
- Machine mechanical components using machining tools and equipment
- Fulltime – 36 months
- RPL – to be completed within a year.
Entry Level Requirements
- NQF Level 1 with Mathematics