Fitting and Machining

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

Careers information

What does it involve?

Fitting and machining engineers (also called fitter machinists) 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.

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; and
  • 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.


How could I get into the industry

Does this sound like you?

Study areas

Attributes Helpful experience Preferred work environments
  • 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
  • Making or fixing things
  • Working with machinery
  • Working with computers
  • Inside (workshop or plant)
  • Different places from time to time

How much could I earn?

  • 2 years experience

    $42k- $52k

  • 5 years experience

    $53k- $80k

Career pathway

School Entry level jobs Advancing jobs Senior jobs
  • Ideally, NCEA Level 2 passes in:
  • Maths
  • Science (Physics)
  • Technology (Metal Work)
  • English
  • Fitting and Machining Engineer
  • Fitter and Turner
  • CNC Programmer / Operator
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Specialist Engineer
  • Engineering Supervisor
  • Leading Hand
  • Workshop Supervisor
  • Welding Supervisor
  • Foreman
  • Site Supervisor
  • Business Manager
  • Business Owner
 Unit/Achievement standards in schools  Apprenticeship  Higher learning  Higher learning

For more information

Careers NZ website