A Fitter is a person who manufactures, constructs, assembles and fits components for machinery, vehicles, installations, and other apparatus or articles. A Fitter will typically specialise in a niche area of electric, gas or mechanical engineering, as well as various roles within construction.
For example, a Dual Fuel Meter Fitter will install smart meters in people’s homes or commercial properties and maintain them, while a Pipe Fitter will install, assemble, fabricate, maintain and repair mechanical piping systems.
Generally speaking, a Fitter’s job will involve studying drawings and specifications, as well as determining suitable material, method, and sequence of operations, and machine settings. A Fitter’s job description may also include fitting fabricated metal parts into products and assembling metal parts and subassemblies to produce machines and equipment.
Fitters are also responsible for checking fabricated and assembled metal parts for accuracy, clearance, and fit using precision measuring instruments. Setting guides, stops and other controls on machining tools are also something a Fitter will typically do in their job, as well as diagnosing faults and performing operational maintenance of machines.
Fitter Jobs – The skills and experience you need
Although no formal qualifications are required to become a Fitter, most employers value a good general education. Some companies may ask for qualifications at SCQF level 4/5. Qualifications and experience that show technical skills such as Skills for Work Construction Engineering (SCFQ level 3) or Engineering Skills (SCQF level 5) may also increase your chance of securing a Fitter job.
There are also a number of transferrable skills which will be beneficial to your job as a Fitter, such as communication, attention to detail and accuracy. It’s important to focus on developing these skills which are crucial to perform these jobs, while you continue to gain valuable experience as a Fitter in your area of expertise.
In order to undertake jobs as a Fitter, you will typically be required you to hold a driver’s license for one year at least, with no more than three points on it. A Fitter must also be comfortable working in small spaces, be manually dextrous, have the physical stamina to perform manual labour, and have excellent customer service skills.
A career as a Fitter
In order to progress in your career as a Fitter, you would do well to pursue an industry-specific apprenticeship or traineeship. One excellent choice, for example, would be our Trailblazers Smart Meter Fitter training programme that allows people to earn as they learn, up-skill and benefit from a host of career development opportunities as a result.
Specialist Fitter jobs are classified as skilled trades, which come with diverse career opportunities and competitive salary rates. For example, Trainee Fitter Jobs in smart metering tend to offer a starting salary of around £17,000, which can increase to £30,000 upon successful probation period, training and passing a final assessment.
Undertaking jobs as a Fitter may also allow you to continue learning and developing new skills in order to progress to a variety of different engineering or construction roles.
Find out for yourself if a career as a fitter is for you by watching our Dual Fuel Smart Meter Engineer video below.