Fitting & Machining

Fitters and machinists make and assemble the precision engineering parts that keep New Zealand industries running

Careers information

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What does it involve?

Fitting and machining engineers make and assemble components for plant and equipment used in New Zealand industries and exported around the world. The components are made and fitted to exact specifications using established, modern engineering processes and machinery. They are also called fitter machinists.

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Typical day

Normally an 8 hour day; sometimes working longer maybe 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 toolmaking skills and CNC machinery operations are often involved and you could be involved in making prototypes for testing purposes.


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How much could I earn?

  • 2 years experience

    $42k- $52k

  • 5 years experience

    $53k- $80k

Career pathway

SchoolEntry level jobsAdvancing jobsSenior jobs
  • Ideally, NCEA Level 2 passes in:
  • Maths
  • Science (Physics)
  • Technology (Metal Work)
  • English
  • Fitting and Machining Engineer
  • Fitter and Turner
  • CNC Programmer / Operator
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Specialist Engineer
  • Engineering Supervisor
  • Leading Hand
  • Workshop Supervisor
  • Welding Supervisor
  • Foreman
  • Site Supervisor
  • Business Manager
  • Business Owner
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