What do Engineers do?

Engineering-Mechanical covers the following trade

Fitter/Machinist Maintenance Fitter Toolmaker Trades

Fitter/Machinists shape steel and other materials using a variety of manual, automated and computer- controlled machines such as drills, lathes, grinders and milling machines. They use hand and power tools and precision measuring instruments to manufacture, assemble, fit and repair parts and machinery.

Maintenance Fitters mainly install and maintain equipment and machinery and use hand and power tools and precision measuring instruments to fit and repair parts. They are multi-skilled, working with mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic systems and electrical interfaces.

They are trained to use a variety of drills, lathes, grinders and milling machines and have welding experience.

Toolmakers make precision equipment and tools used to manufacture machinery. They use precision measuring equipment and may use CNC machines and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) systems to achieve very precise finishes and sizes.

Any company manufacturing pressed, cast metal or plastic items require the services of a toolmaker, although the tool making work is often carried out off-site at specialist companies.

Qualifying as an Engineer involves:

  • Four years commitment
  • Attending paid work with a “host employer” for the duration of the apprenticeship
  • Attending off-the-job training at an RTO

Ideal Personal Requirements to be an Engineer include:

  • Enjoy technical and mechanical activities
  • Able to identify, analyze and solve problems
  • Enjoy computing and technical design
  • Good oral and written communication skills

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