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How Do I Become a Fitter Machinist?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

A fitter machinist is a person who designs, constructs, installs, and maintains machines, and he or she is likely to create all of the parts for that machine as well. In order to become a fitter machinist, you will need to complete a high school education, paying close attention to math and science courses. Once you graduate from high school, you may be able to get an apprenticeship that will help you become a fitter machinist, or you may be able to enroll in a degree or certificate program at a local college or university.

An apprenticeship that will help you become a fitter machinist will often be offered by a local union, if one exists, or by a private manufacturing company looking for qualified candidates. You will need to apply for the apprenticeship, and since these positions are highly sought after, you may not get the position on your first try. Be persistent and keep your eyes open for other apprenticeship openings. Once you are accepted to an apprenticeship position, you will end up working under the supervision and guidance of a full-time machinist who can teach you all the skills and techniques necessary to become a fitter machinist on your own. A classroom component is likely to be included with your training. The apprenticeship can last a year to several years in duration.

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You can begin such an apprenticeship while you are still in high school in some situations, though in other situations, you may need to complete high school first. If an apprenticeship is not offered, you may be able to become a fitter machinist by taking an entry-level position within a manufacturing company and working your way up through the ranks. You may start off working in a completely unrelated job, but as opportunities are made available, you will be able to become eligible for on the job training that will help you become a fitter machinist.

In some regions, certain certifications may be necessary to maintain your standing as a fitter machinist. This certification may need to be renewed periodically as well, which means you will need to take part in a re-certification process in order to maintain your standing as a valid fitter machinist. Many manufacturing companies will set up such re-certification training for you, but in other cases, you may need to research ways to maintain your certification on your own.

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