NOC 7316 – Machine fitters



Machine fitters fit, assemble and otherwise build heavy industrial machinery and transportation equipment, including aircraft engines. They are employed in industrial machinery and transportation equipment manufacturing industries.

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Main Duties

Machine fitters perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Read and interpret blueprints, sketches and diagrams to determine assembly operations
  • Fit and assemble prefabricated metal parts to build heavy industrial machinery and equipment such as construction, farming, and processing machinery, railway vehicles and aircraft engines
  • Move and align subassemblies and components using lifting and transporting devices such as overhead cranes
  • Install major components such as gears, pumps, motors or hydraulic assemblies
  • Inspect parts, subassemblies and finished products to ensure quality.

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a mechanical apprenticeship program, such as millwrighting, machining, pipefitting, automotive service or heavy equipment repair
    Completion of a four-year machine fitter apprenticeship program
    Completion of five years of on-the-job training is usually required.
  • Completion of a two- to three-year college program in aircraft manufacturing or general fabrication is required for aircraft engine fitters.
  • Certification in a related trade may be required.

All Titles

  • agricultural machinery builder
  • agricultural machinery fitter
  • aircraft engine fitter
  • assembly fitter
  • assembly fitter, aircraft engines
  • charge hand, machine fitters
  • chemical-processing machine builder
  • compressor fitter
  • crane fitter
  • engine fitter, aircraft
  • farm machinery builder
  • farm machinery fitter
  • fitter, aircraft engines
  • fitter, heavy equipment
  • fitter, heavy machinery
  • fitter, locomotives
  • fitter, machine
  • fitter, production equipment
  • fitter, railway coach
  • fitter, ship machinery
  • food-processing machine fitter
  • grader fitter
  • heavy equipment fitter
  • heavy machinery fitter
  • lead hand, assembly mechanics-fitters
  • locomotive builder
  • logging machinery fitter
  • machine builder
  • machine builder-fitter
  • machine fitter
  • machine tool builder
  • machine tool builder-integrator
  • machine tool integrator
  • machinery manufacturing fitter
  • manufacturing machinery fitter
  • mechanical fitter
  • mining machinery fitter
  • production equipment fitter
  • pulp and paper machinery builder
  • ship engine fitter
  • ship machinery fitter
  • textile machinery fitter
  • turbine fitter


  • Aircraft assemblers (See 9521 Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors)
  • Assemblers of electrical industrial equipment (See 9525 Assemblers, fabricators and inspectors, industrial electrical motors and transformers)
  • Mechanical assemblers and inspectors (9526)
  • Millwrights (See 7311 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics)
  • Supervisors of machine fitters (See 7301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades)
  • Welders and related machine operators (7237)



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