Many of Australia’s most vital industries are kept moving by Mechanical Fitters. A branch of mechanical engineering, mechanical fitters are highly skilled trades that are responsible for fabricating, assembling and maintaining the heavy machinery our country relies on.

Although mechanical fitters often work long, hard hours, it’s a career pathway that can be incredibly rewarding.

For those with great attention to detail who enjoy working with their hands, undertaking a mechanical fitting apprenticeship is the best way to access incredible career opportunities.

Mechanical Fitter Job Description

Mechanical fitters are skilled tradespeople who specialise in installing, repairing and fabricating machinery and other equipment. As a mechanical fitter, you’re an engineering specialist that works on all stages of the equipment fabrication process. From setting up tools to marking out components, shaping materials and then assembling parts to create machinery and other equipment, you will play an integral role in the engineering process.

To support your skills, training as a mechanical fitter will include extensive work with welders, cutting, grinding and shaping equipment, as well as with advanced tools like CNC machines.

What Does a Mechanical Fitter Do?

No two days as a mechanical fitter are the same. Fabricating and installing machine parts requires a high level of problem solving, and you will often be required to think outside the box to get the job done. A typical day at work for a mechanical fitter includes a huge range of tasks, such as:

  • Interpreting design plans and specifications
  • Determining the best way to fabricate components
  • Marking out materials ahead of fabrication
  • Using machinery to cut, grind and shape materials such as metal and plastic
  • Operating specialist machinery and hand tools
  • Assembling fabricated components to produce machines, equipment and tools
  • Maintaining and repairing machines and equipment
  • Overseeing the fabrication process and making changes to deliver high quality components

With such a broad range of skills, mechanical fitters are some of Australia’s most in-demand trades. Choosing a career as a mechanical fitter can open doorways in industries such as mining, manufacturing, engineering, aviation, construction, power generation and more.

Mechanical Fitter Salary in Australia

The average salary of a mechanical fitter in Australia is $90,000*. The amount you earn will vary depending on the industry you’re in, where you’re working and your employer. Broadly speaking, you can expect to earn between $70,000 and $110,000** as a mechanical fitter, although you may earn substantially more in some roles.

Currently, many of the highest paying mechanical fitter opportunities are available in Queensland and Western Australia with power generation, mining and supply chain companies.

You can increase your earning potential as a mechanical fitter by pursuing further training and specialisations. In most cases, your salary reflects your skill level, so gaining experience in the industry and having exposure to a broader range of fabrication tasks can increase your annual income.


Available Apprenticeships

Fitter and Turner Apprenticeship

Belrose, NSW | JOB ID 5666

Fitter and Turner Apprenticeship available with an industry known leader in chemical fluid monitoring and metering

1st, 2nd or 3rd Year Mechanical Fitter Apprenticeship

Huntingwood, NSW | JOB ID 5866

Immediate start: 1st, 2nd or 3rd year Mech Fitter Apprentice required for a mobile hydraulic and electrification products and solutions provider

Expression of Interest - Mechanical Fitter and Turner Apprenticeships

Sydney, NSW | JOB ID 6266

Expression of Interest for those seeking a Mechanical Fitter & Turner Apprenticeship in the Western Sydney Region

Mechanical Fitter Apprenticeship Requirements

To become a qualified mechanical fitter, you will be required to undertake a 4-year apprenticeship. Your apprenticeship will include theoretical and practical components, including a placement with a qualified tradesperson. During your apprenticeship you will learn to use the tools of the trade and complete a Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade.

You can use your Certificate to work as a general mechanical fitter, or you can pursue further training in other mechanical engineering specialisations. Apprenticing as a mechanical fitter can lead to other roles such as:

  • Fitter and turner. Fitters and turners use machinery and hand tools to produce metal components and install them on heavy machinery such as earthmoving and manufacturing equipment.
  • Pipefitters fabricate and install all types of pipe work. This includes fabricating supporting structures such as brackets and conduits.
  • Maintenance fitting. Maintenance fitters are focused on the repair and maintenance of heavy equipment. This includes repairing and replacing worn, broken or damaged components, as well using specialist equipment to diagnose problems.


  • Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade

Interested in a Career as a Mechanical Fitter? Explore New Opportunities with MIGAS!

Working as a mechanical fitter can open up career opportunities in some of Australia’s most rewarding industries. Undertaking your mechanical fitting apprenticeship is the first step along the pathway.

If you think you have the right skills to work as a mechanical fitter, get in touch with the team from MIGAS! We work with leading employers across Australia to connect skilled people with the apprenticeship opportunities they’re searching for. We’ll be there to support you throughout your apprenticeship and ensure you have the skills you need to succeed as a mechanical fitter!

You can browse our current apprenticeship opportunities on the Jobs Board, or get in touch with us if you’d like to know more about your new career pathway.

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