What do tradespeople in Engineering-Mechanical do?

Engineering-Mechanical covers the following trades:

  • Fitter/Machinists shape steel and other materials using a
    variety of manual, automated and computer- controlled
    machines such as drills, lathes, grinders and milling
    machines. They use hand and power tools and precision
    measuring instruments to manufacture, assemble, fit and
    repair parts and machinery.
  • Maintenance Fitters mainly install and maintain equipment
    and machinery and use hand and power tools and precision
    measuring instruments to fit and repair parts. They are
    multiskilled, working with mechanical, hydraulic and
    pneumatic systems and electrical interfaces. They are trained
    to use a variety of drills, lathes, grinders and milling machines
    and have welding experience.
  • Toolmakers make precision equipment and tools used to
    manufacture machinery. They use precision measuring
    equipment and may use CNC machines and computer aided
    manufacturing (CAM) systems to achieve very precise
    finishes and sizes. Any company manufacturing pressed,
    cast metal or plastic items require the services of a
    toolmaker, although the toolmaking work is often carried out
    off-site at specialist companies.

How do I become a Tradesperson in Engineering-Mechanical?

To become a Tradesperson in Engineering-Mechanical you need to become an apprentice. There are no formal academic requirements, however, year 10 schooling is generally considered a minimum.

Qualifying as a Tradesperson in Engineering-Mechanical involves:

  • Four years commitment
  • Attending paid work with a “host employer” for the duration of the apprenticeship
  • Attending off-the-job training at an RTO

Ideal Personal Requirements to be a Mechanical Engineer include: 

  • Enjoy technical and mechanical activities
  • Able to identify, analyse and solve problems
  • Enjoy computing and technical design
  • Good oral and written communication skills

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