Fitter-Welders fit, assemble and weld metal parts and subassemblies to fabricate production machines and other equipment.

    Either extensive experience or a certificate III in engineering - mechanical trade is needed to work as a Fitter-Welder.

    Tasks

    • Determines suitable material, method and sequence of operations and machine settings.
    • Fits fabricated metal parts and assembles metal parts to produce machines and equipment.
    • Checks parts for accuracy, clearance and fit.
    • Sets guides, stops and other controls on machining tools, sets up prescribed cutting and shaping tools and dies in machines and presses, and sets controls for textile machines.
    • Forms metal stock and castings to press, cut, grind, plane, bore and drill metal.
    • Cuts, threads, bends and installs hydraulic and pneumatic pipes and lines.
    • Performs operational maintenance of machines, parts and fluid power equipment.
    • May erect machines and equipment.

    All Metal Fitters and Machinists

    • $2,062 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Fitter-Welders

    • 950 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 92% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 45 hours Average full-time
    • 45 years Average age
    • 1% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Fitter-Welders (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 1,300 in 2011 to 950 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Fitter-Welders work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Construction; and Mining.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (92%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (51%).
    • Gender: 1% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Fitters in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Metal Fitters and Machinists.

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Manufacturing52.3
    Construction12.1
    Mining9.7
    Other Services8.8
    Other Industries17.1

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateFitter-WeldersAll Jobs Average
    NSW41.431.6
    VIC19.325.6
    QLD23.220.0
    SA5.67.0
    WA7.910.8
    TAS1.92.0
    NT0.31.0
    ACT0.31.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketFitter-WeldersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-193.0-5.05.0
    20-247.8-9.39.3
    25-3420.0-22.922.9
    35-4418.2-22.022.0
    45-5424.2-21.621.6
    55-5914.9-9.09.0
    60-647.2-6.06.0
    65 and Over4.7-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationFitter-WeldersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree0.3-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma3.7-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV80.5-21.121.1
    Year 125.9-18.118.1
    Year 111.9-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below7.6-12.512.5

    Either extensive experience or a certificate III in engineering - mechanical trade is needed to work as a Fitter-Welder.

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    Employers look for Metal Fitters and Machinists who are reliable, flexible, adaptable and work well in a team.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Mechanical

      60% Skill level

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    2. Technical design

      58% Skill level

      Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    3. Production and processing

      51% Skill level

      Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

    4. Engineering and technology

      49% Skill level

      Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

    5. Mathematics

      49% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-4121.06 - Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

      100% Important

      Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

    2. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

      87% Important

      Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

    3. Being exact or accurate

      86% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

    4. Face-to-face discussions

      85% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    5. Indoors, not heat controlled

      84% Important

      Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).

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    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-4121.06 - Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters.

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