How Do I Become an Apprentice Fitter?

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  • Written By: Dan Cavallari
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  • Last Modified Date: 06 January 2020
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Before you seek a path to become an apprentice fitter, you will need to determine what kind of fitter you want to become. Sometimes known as fabricators or machinists, fitters are responsible for creating, installing, and repairing various systems such as electrical, plumbing, or machine systems. Once you have decided which field you want to enter, find out if a local union will offer applications that will allow you to become an apprentice fitter once accepted to the program. If no union is available in your area, consult local community or technical colleges as well as local businesses.

After you have found out which entities will offer programs that will allow you to become an apprentice fitter, research the various application requirements. In most cases, you will need to obtain at least a high school diploma, and in some situations, a college degree may be necessary. If you do not have a college degree, you may still be able to become an apprentice fitter if you have some job training in a related field. If, for example, you want to be a plumbing fitter, taking a job as a plumber's assistant or even a receptionist with a plumbing company will give you a leg up on the competition.


If the apprenticeship is offered by a local union, it is likely that you will need to join that union in order to be considered for a position. You will become an apprentice fitter once you are accepted to the program, and you will very likely hold this position for a few years as you learn the trade on the job. You will work with a more experienced fitter who can teach you the skills and techniques necessary to complete the job properly, and you will probably undergo some classroom training as well. If certification is required in your area, the apprenticeship will very likely include such certification tests.

While you participate in the apprenticeship, it is a wise decision to work hard and show potential employers you have a good work ethic. Once you complete your apprenticeship, you may be eligible for a job with that company, so you will want to show managers and bosses that you can excel in the position and help improve the company overall. If no positions are available within that company after you complete your apprenticeship, staying on good terms with managers and working hard will help ensure you can get a letter of recommendation.



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