Fitting And Turning Career Guide

What is a Fitter and Turner?

Fitters and turners are highly skilled crafts people who manufacture and construct components for machinery and use power operated tools such as lathes, milling and drilling machines. They maintain and repair many different kinds of machines. They are also responsible for the assembling and fitting of new components and equipment. It is a highly skilled job.

If you consider yourself good with metal and repairing parts, then a career in Fitting and Turning may be just for you!


What are the duties and tasks of a Fitter and Turner?

  • Assembles and fits components for machinery;
  • Maintains and repairs machinery;
  • Uses blueprints/plans to measure material for production;
  • Monitors machinery and repairs faults;
  • Fits parts required to complete the machine;
  • Drills and taps holes;
  • Overhauls valves;
  • Tension and align V-belts;
  • Uses machinery (such as lathe and milling machine) to manufacture components.

What skills and abilities are required to become a Fitter and Turner?

  • Good at working with your hands;
  • Must be very mechanically-minded;
  • Must be able to take exact measurements and work accurately;
  • Must be mathematically-minded;
  • Must be able to concentrate under noisy working conditions;
  • Be able to read three-dimensional drawings.

What are the working conditions of a Fitter and Turner?

A Fitter and Turner generally works in noisy, dirty and sometimes crowded conditions. There are many physical demands in the job, such as: standing and crouching for periods of time, which can be tiring. A Fitter and Turner also occasionally works overtime on public holidays, as well as on weekends and nights.

What are the minimum entry requirements to study Fitting and Turning at a TVET College?

At a TVET College, the normal entrance requirements for the Fitting and Turning course are:

  • NC(V) Programme:

A Grade 9 Certificate + college requirements set per programme.

  • NATED Programme:

N4 admission - Grade 12 with a pass in Mathematics + college requirements set per programme OR an NC(V) Level 4 Certificate in Engineering and Related Design.

What should I do if I want to study Fitting and Turning?

  • Visit or contact a TVET College nearest to you to enquire about the entrance requirements for the Fitting and Turning course;
  • Visit Fitting and Turning training centres or companies to gain more knowledge about the field and what it entails;
  • Contact DHET Career Development Services to provide you with free quality career information, advice and counselling services on 086 999 0123 or e-mail :
  • Go for an aptitude test to help understand if a career in Fitting and Turning is for you;
  • Attend Career Exhibitions in your area to liaise with higher learning institutions and obtain application forms.
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