Metal fitters and machinists construct and assemble fabricated metal parts into products, assemble machining tools, production machines and textile machines, and operate tools and machines to shape metal stock and castings.

Where metal fitters and machinists are employed

Metal fitters and machinists are mainly employed in manufacturing and mining. 


Full-time metal fitter and machinists in South Australia generally earn more than $1,600 per week.

Pay scale Metal fitter and machinist

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 5,186 people employed full-time as metal fitters and machinists in South Australia compared with 4,785 in 2006.

How to become one

To become a metal fitter and machinist you will be required to undertake a vocational education and training (VET) qualification in engineering. Entry requirements may vary but employers generally require year 10.  Ask your career adviser about starting this training at school.

See courses related to this occupation.

For more information see apprenticeships.

Licensing or registration requirements

In South Australia there are currently no licensing or registration requirements to work as a metal fitter and machinist.

Many employers will require a minimum of a certificate III education level or a trade certificate.

Recognition of skills related work experience and qualifications obtained outside Australia

If you have extensive local trade experience but no formal qualifications or an overseas gained trade qualification you can undertake a recognition process to meet industry requirements.

There are recognition pathways available for both local work experienced trades people and overseas trained metal workers which are dependent on individual circumstances. Pathways include:

  • undertake the Trades Recognition Service (TRS) skills assessment. TRS provide skills assessment via recognition of prior learning by registered training organisations approved by Trades Recognition Australia (TRA)
  • engage with a Registered Training Organisation to undertake Recognition of Prior Learning and gap training.
  • complete an apprenticeship to develop your skills in a work environment.

Further gap training may be required after any recognition process to meet qualification and licensing requirements.

For information about assessment of overseas qualifications, and looking for work in Australia visit Recognition of overseas qualifications or contact Skilled Arrival Services on 08 8303 2420 or email

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