Fitter

Fit and assemble structural frameworks and housings from materials.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$23,000 – $51,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Fitters do?

Fits and assembles structural frameworks and housings from materials, such as angle iron, I-beams, and plate steel, using handtools and welding equipment and following blueprint specifications: Examines blueprints and materials list to obtain parts specifications. Lays out parts dimensions on worktable, using square, chalk line, and soapstone. Tack-welds scrap metal to outline to provide jig for assembly. Positions parts in jig and files, chisels, and grinds parts, as indicated, to fit them together. May heat parts with acetylene torch and bend them in vise, on anvil, or around stakes mounted in table. Tack-welds fitted parts together or directs FITTER HELPER to tack-weld parts. May heat parts with acetylene torch and dip parts in cyanide bath to harden. Periodically compares dimensions of assembly to blueprint specifications, using square, rule, and calipers. Works to tolerances of .0625 inch. May anneal parts with acetylene torch to remove stresses of welding. May fasten parts together with acetylene torch and brazing rod.


Should I be a Fitter?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Fitter-Tacker, Fitter-Welder, Mill Beam Fitter, Ship Propeller Finisher

    How to become a Fitter

    Most Fitters have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9qaaaa&chl=no+college+%2879%25%29|certificate+%2821%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,79,79
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