Fitting and Machining Engineer

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

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


Career pathway

SchoolEntry level jobsAdvancing jobsSenior jobs
  • Ideally, NCEA Level 2 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
 Unit/Achievement standards in schools Apprenticeship Higher learning Higher learning
Gateway programmes available