Fitting & machining

Fitters and machinists make and assemble the precision engineering parts that keep New Zealand industries running

Careers information

What do they do?

Fitting and machining engineers make and assemble components for plant and equipment used in New Zealand industries and exported around the world. The components are made and fitted to exact specifications using established, modern engineering processes and machinery. They are also called fitter machinists.

Typical day

Normally an 8 hour day; sometimes working longer maybe required. Each day can be quite different; fitting and machining work is varied and can include the assembly, alignment and machining of components, plus installation of machines, hydraulic or pneumatic control systems. Basic toolmaking skills and CNC machinery operations are often involved and you could be involved in making prototypes for testing purposes.

Does this sound like you?

Study areas

• English or Media or History

• Maths or Accounting or Economics

• Sciences or Workshop Technologies

• Computing / ICT / Information Management


• Good at precision work

• Good literacy and numeracy

• Good organisational skills

• Good work habits / time management

Helpful experience

• Making or fixing things

• Working with machinery

• Working with computers

Preferred work environments

• Inside (workshop or plant)

• Different places from time to time

How much could I earn?

Icn Money

2 years experience

$42k - $52k


Icn Money

5 years experience

$53k - $80k

Career Pathway

School Entry level jobs Advancing jobs Senior jobs

Ideally, NCEA Level 2 passes in:


Science (Physics)

Technology (Metal Work)


Fitting and Machining Engineer

Fitter and Turner

CNC Programmer / Operator

Manufacturing Engineer

Specialist Engineer

Engineering Supervisor

Leading Hand

Workshop Supervisor

Welding Supervisor


Site Supervisor

Business Manager

Business Owner

Unit/Achievement standards in schools Apprenticeship Higher learning Higher learning

Click here for more details on the Careers NZ website.

What do we offer?

  • We also ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, support industry events like conferences, competitions and graduations and regularly celebrate your learners’ success.
  • When apprentices enrol, we assign them a Competenz account manager. Our account managers understand the industry and the skills learners and businesses need to gain.

National qualifications

The Fitting and Machining strand is for those employed in machine building and related occupations, where both precision fitting and machining skills are required. Typically this involves machining, assembly, and alignment of components to close tolerances, machine installation, and hydraulic or pneumatic control systems. Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machinery and simple toolmaking may be involved in some enterprises.

It is intended to provide training for people in occupations traditionally referred to as Fitters, Fitters and Turners, Precision Machinists, and Machine Tool Setters.

Click here for the NZQA qualification overview.