Fitter and Turner

Fitters and turners are highly skilled craftspeople who manufacture, construct, assemble and fit components for machinery, vehicles, installations and other apparatus or articles. Fitter and turners are also responsible for the maintenance and repair of such equipment.

Fitters and turners first select and mark off the material required according to exact measurements on blueprints, drawings or a model. They then shape the rough piece of metal into its final form with power-operated tools such as lathes, milling, drilling and planing machines. Finally they fit the parts required to complete the machine or article and inspect and test the final assembly for true fit.


  • fitting and turning contractors engaged in manufacturing, construction or maintenance and repair

  • large engineering works

  • large industrial plants and factories

  • iron and steel plants

  • shipyards

  • government departments

  • Transnet

  • mines

  • garages

Getting Started

  • try to obtain vacation work in a fitter and turner company

  • make an appointment to speak to a fitter and turner about this type of career


Boland TVET College, Coastal KZN TVET College, College of Cape Town , Eastcape Midlands TVET College, Ekurhuleni West TVET College, Motheo TVET College, Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT), Tshwane North TVET College, Windhoek Vocational Training Centre


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