Undertaking a fitter and turner apprenticeship will prepare you for a job manufacturing, fitting and assembling parts and components for a variety of machinery. As a fitter and turner apprentice, you will have access to a broad range of career pathways and learn to work with all manner of tools, machinery and materials, including plastics and metals.

If you’re interested in pursuing opportunities through a fitter and turner apprenticeship, MIGAS can connect you with some of Australia’s leading companies. For over three decades, we have partnered with qualified employers to make fitter and turner apprenticeships more available to skilled workers. That means we can help you build your career and provide the apprenticeship opportunities you need to work as a qualified fitter and turner.

Learn more from a MIGAS Fitting and Turning Apprentice

Fitter and Turner Salary

Fitters and turners are highly skilled craftspeople and are some of Australia’s most in-demand professionals. The average fitter and turner salary is between $55,000 and $75,000 in Australia, but your earning potential could be much higher depending on your specialisation. For example, qualified Diesel Fitters earn between $125,000 and $145,000, and Mechanical Fitters earn between $85,000 to $105,000.

Whatever specialisation you’d like to pursue, a fitter and turner apprenticeship through MIGAS’ partnered employers is the best way to get started along your career pathway. 

Fitter and Turner Apprenticeship Australia

A fitter and turner is a skilled tradesperson who specialises in complex fabrication and assembly tasks for the manufacturing and industrial sectors. Depending on the employer you are placed with, a fitter turner apprentice will gain exposure to the use of specialised tools in the construction, manufacturing and assembly of industrial and machine components. Completing a fitter and turner apprenticeship can lead to a career in a wide variety of specialisations, including:

  • Diesel Fitter Mechanic
  • Mechanical Fitter
  • Fitter Machinist
  • Maintenance Fitter
  • Services Fitter
  • Fitter Welder
  • Sewing Machine Mechanic
  • Bench Fitter

MIGAS is an apprenticeship facilitator connecting skilled workers with host companies across Australia. For those interested in a career as a fitter and turner, we can help you find a placement with an employer who can help you gain experience in your chosen specialisation. 

Fitter and Turner Apprenticeships at a Glance

Working as a fitter and turner apprentice will help you gain exposure to hundreds of fabrication and assembly tasks. A fitter and turner apprenticeship requires four years of study and hands-on training with a qualified company. Your host will provide training on a range of marking, welding, fabrication, machining, assembly and maintenance tasks. You can use these skills to complete Vocational Certificates and progress towards the fitter and turner specialisations listed above.

MIGAS will provide support throughout your fitter and turner apprenticeship journey. Not only will we facilitate your placement with a host employer, but we will also assist you in enrolling with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), like a TAFE, to complete your Certification. During your fitter and turner apprenticeship, you will receive support from your dedicated Field Officer and the wider MIGAS Apprentices &Trainees community. 

Fitter and Turner Apprenticeship Skill Requirements

Fitters and turners are heavily involved in the fabrication, manufacturing and installation of mechanical and industrial equipment. This means fitter and turner apprentices need great attention to detail and an aptitude for working with a range of tools and machinery. No two days are the same as a fitter and turner apprentice, and you will need to demonstrate a few personal attributes to succeed in your career:

  • Normal colour vision
  • Good communication skills
  • Manual dexterity
  • Attention to detail

The work you do as a fitter and turner is detail-oriented and includes the use of complex tools and equipment. Demonstrating attention to detail and working well with your hands is essential to succeeding as a fitter and turner apprentice.

Visit Our Jobs Board

MIGAS partners with hundreds of leading employers across Australia to offer fitter and turner apprenticeship opportunities. To get started with your career as a fitter and turner, you can explore the options we currently have available on our jobs board. You’re also welcome to register your information, and we will send you an email alert if a suitable position becomes available.

Undertake a Fitter and Turner or Mechanical Fitter Apprenticeship

MIGAS has connected hard-working professionals with Australia’s leading trade companies for nearly 35 years. Our fitter and turner apprenticeships are available across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia. As a registered Group Training Organisation (GTO), we can offer fitter and turner apprenticeship pathways that expand your career prospects and help you find employment in some of Australia’s most rewarding industries.

You can view the current opportunities on our website or contact us to discuss undertaking a fitter and turner apprenticeship through MIGAS. You can also call us on 1300 464 427 if you want to talk to our team.

Hire a Fitter and Turner Apprentice

MIGAS specialises in placing skilled people with Australian businesses looking to take on apprentices and offer opportunities to the next generation of professionals. Our end-to-end recruitment solutions mean it’s easy to take on a fitter and turner apprentice through MIGAS. If your business is ready to employ new apprentices, we can help you find people with the right skills to work on your team.

Contact us today if you would like to enquire about hiring an apprentice.

A day on the job as a Fitter and Turner

Mark the shape and dimensions of a part to be machined by studying blueprints and using measuring instruments
Cut, thread, bend and install hydraulic and pneumatic pipes and lines
Assemble and fit machined parts using drill holes and tap threads if necessary for bolting parts together
Erect machinery and equipment on site
Check joints and operation of moving parts; making final adjustments for a perfect fit
Clean and lubricate assembled articles
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Skill Requirements for success in Fitter and Turner Apprenticeships

  • Normal colour vision
  • Good communication skills
  • Manual dexterity
  • Attention to detail


  • Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade (Fitter and Turner)
  • Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade (Fitting and Machining)

Available Apprenticeships

Mechanical Fitter and Turner Apprenticeship

Brisbane, QLD | JOB ID 6095

Looking to start a Mechanical Fitter and Turner Apprenticeship? Apply now to get your career started

Qualified Fitter and Turner

Hemmant, QLD | JOB ID 6218

Permanent opportunity for a QUALIFIED Fitter and Turner to join a leading precision engineering company based in Hemmant

Mechanical Fitter Apprenticeship

Wetherill Park, NSW | JOB ID 6274

An exciting opportunity to start a Mechanical Fitter Apprenticeship with a global renowned industry leader