What Is a Mechanical Fitter?

BAE Systems, which offers a mechanical fitter apprenticeship program, explains that a mechanical fitter works on ships and installs pipes, machinery and major equipment. A mechanical fitter also builds seats for the steering elements of a ship.

During their apprenticeships, aspiring mechanical fitters are trained to read engineering drawings as well as work with a variety of tools and machinery. Mechanical fitters must have excellent communication skills and an aptitude for working with machinery. They must also meet certain educational requirements to be admitted into an apprenticeship program, and they must be able to pass a background check for a certain level of security clearance. Mechanical fitters train for their roles through a mixture of classroom and on-the-job training.

The salary of a mechanical fitter during the apprenticeship period is a little less than £10,000, which is about $16,000. According to Indeed, the median salary for a fully trained mechanical fitter is about $42,000 annually. Those in supervisory roles can earn in excess of $70,000 per year. The application process for becoming a mechanical fitter is a comprehensive five-step program that involves the submission of a CV, an interview stage, a testing stage and a background check.