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Fitter - Plant Machinery

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At a Glance... header image

Repairs, services and maintains industrial machinery.


The Work header image

In their work, Mechanical Automation and Maintenance Fitters use  lathes,  CNC (Computer numerical control), machine tools, drilling and milling machines welding plants.  
 
In plant maintenance, they dismantle and fit new parts and they may also have to make these parts. They also install plant and production equipment and carry out condition monitoring using modern maintenance techniques.   


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Transfer tools, parts, equipment, and supplies to and from work stations and other areas.

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Disassemble broken or defective equipment to facilitate repair and reassemble equipment when repairs are complete.

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Install or replace machinery, equipment, and new or replacement parts and instruments, using hand or power tools.

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Examine and test machinery, equipment, components, and parts for defects to ensure proper functioning.

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Hold or supply tools, parts, equipment, and supplies for other workers.

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Position vehicles, machinery, equipment, physical structures, and other objects for assembly or installation, using hand tools, power tools, and moving equipment.

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Adjust, maintain, and repair tools, equipment, and machines, and assist more skilled workers with similar tasks.

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Adjust, connect, or disconnect wiring, piping, tubing, and other parts, using hand or power tools.

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Clean or lubricate vehicles, machinery, equipment, instruments, tools, work areas, and other objects, using hand tools, power tools, and cleaning equipment.

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Assemble and maintain physical structures, using hand or power tools.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment:  Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment:  Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.

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Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment:  Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Mechanical:  Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Building and Construction:  Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Equipment Maintenance:   Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

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Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Quality Control Analysis:   Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Repairing:   Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Troubleshooting:   Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

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Operation Monitoring:   Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You must have strong practical skills and an interest in understanding how machines and control systems function.  Good observational skills are required for fault finding. Mechanical Automation and Maintenance Fitters need a logical, methodical approach to problem-solving.  
 
The ability to understand technical information and diagrams is important. You should also be able to write reports of completed repairs.


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