Shop fitting is one of the creative trades in the building industry. Shop fitters make, assemble and fit display boards, showcases, counters, shelves and cupboards in shops or businesses.
They interpret interior designers’ or architects’ drawings to determine the exact specifications and order the required quantities and types of material. They shape the wood and fittings using power tools in a machine shop or with hand tools at the workbench. They build, assemble and fit these components into the required positions. They paint, stain or polish the finished articles and add the necessary trimmings.
Some shop fitters manufacture metal fittings such as grilles, banisters and hand rails in a metal shop, and fit these where required. They are sometimes also required to perform minor repairs on fittings.