Typical job roles

Producing complex high value, low volume components or assemblies.

This occupation is found in the manufacturing and process sectors. The broad purpose of the occupation is to produce complex high value, low volume components or assemblies in full or part, using machines, equipment or systems, to the required specification. For example, turbines, cranes, gearboxes, production lines, rigs and platforms. Fitters may typically have a mechanical, electrical, electronic, control systems, pipe fitting or instrumentation bias or operate across multiple disciplines depending on the type of assembly. To produce or re-furbish the components fitters will interpret drawings/specifications and plan their work, for example ensuring they have the right tools, equipment and resources to complete the task to the required specification.

Fitters are required to check their work against quality standards and make adjustments as required based on their knowledge. On completion of the task, a fitter will hand over the product and prepare the work area for the next task by checking equipment meets the standards required to operate. They may be based in a workshop or clients premises – this may include hazardous environments.

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Typical Tasks

  • Assembly of mechanical equipment and related systems to the required specification
  • Assembly of electrical equipment and related systems to the required specification
  • Working with pneumatic and hydraulic pipework
  • Working to assembly drawings
  • Alignment of parts and assemblies; Grinding, scraping and other adjustment techniques

Entry criteria

4 or 5 GCSEs at grade 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English and Mathematics for a Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard


Typical duration

42 months


Career/progression opportunities

This standard has been designed to meet the professional standards of the Engineering Council for registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech) in partnership with the appropriate institutions as shown below:

  • Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) (for electrical and mechanical)

Dependent on employer requirements, progression onto higher level qualifications (HNC, HND, Degree) or a Higher/Degree Apprenticeship


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