Machine fitters (NOC 7316)

About this job

Machine fitters:

  • fit, assemble and otherwise build heavy industrial machinery and transportation equipment, including aircraft engines
  • work in industrial machinery and transportation equipment manufacturing industries
Common job titles
  • builder, agricultural machinery
  • builder, fitter, machine
  • builder, integrator, machine tool
  • fitter, manufacturing machinery
  • fitter, mechanical
  • fitter, ship engine / ship machinery
  • builder, agricultural machinery
  • builder, fitter, machine
  • builder, integrator, machine tool
  • builder, machine tool
  • fitter, agricultural machinery
  • fitter, locomotives / turbine

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$83,799

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Machine fitters perform some or all of the following duties:

  • read and interpret blueprints, sketches and diagrams to determine assembly operations
  • fit and assemble prefabricated metal parts to build heavy industrial machinery and equipment such as construction, farming, and processing machinery, railway vehicles and aircraft engines
  • move and align subassemblies and components using lifting and transporting devices such as overhead cranes
  • install major components such as gears, pumps, motors or hydraulic assemblies
  • inspect parts, subassemblies and finished products to make sure they are of good quality

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a controlled indoor environment.
  • Working with equipment, machinery or power/hand tools may be a source of injury.
  • Work may produce enough noise to cause marked distraction or possible loss of hearing.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a mechanical apprenticeship program, such as millwrighting, machining, pipefitting, automotive service or heavy equipment repair or Completion of a four-year machine fitter apprenticeship program or
  • Completion of five years of on-the-job training is usually required.
  • Completion of a two- to three-year college program in aircraft manufacturing or general fabrication is required for aircraft engine fitters.
  • Certification in a related trade may be required.

For more information please see the Industry Training Authority website at www.itabc.ca.

Skills

  • Manual Dexterity
  • Spatial Perception
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Object-Oriented
  • Motor Coordination
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Aircraft Mechanic/Maintenance
  • Auto Mechanics Related
  • Construction & Trades Supervision/Management
  • Heavy Mechanical Repair
  • Industrial Mechanic/Millwright Related
  • Machinist
  • Plumbing/Pipefitting

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
100
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
140
Average annual employment growth:
1.9%
Expected number of job openings:
80
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
10
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
30
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
50
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.