Fitter and Turner

Fitters and turners are highly skilled craftspeople who manufacture, construct, assemble and fit components for machinery, vehicles, installations and other apparatus or articles. Fitter and turners are also responsible for the maintenance and repair of such equipment.

Fitters and turners first select and mark off the material required according to exact measurements on blueprints, drawings or a model. They then shape the rough piece of metal into its final form with power-operated tools such as lathes, milling, drilling and planing machines. Finally they fit the parts required to complete the machine or article and inspect and test the final assembly for true fit.

Personal Requirements

  • at least 16 years old
  • meticulously accurate
  • enjoy working with your hands
  • practical and responsible
  • mathematical aptitude
  • able to concentrate under noisy working conditions
  • able to read three-dimensional drawings


  • fitting and turning contractors engaged in manufacturing, construction or maintenance and repair
  • large engineering works
  • large industrial plants and factories
  • iron and steel plants
  • shipyards
  • government departments
  • Transnet
  • mines
  • garages

Getting Started

  • try to obtain vacation work in a fitter and turner company
  • make an appointment to speak to a fitter and turner about this type of career


Boston City Campus and Business College does not offer a programme that leads directly to this occupation. Please take a look at the related occupations below to see whether any of these appeal to you. Alternately, please send an email to and a Student Advisor will call you back.

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