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Metal working production and maintenance fitters

£20,280 Average salary at age 20
£36,400 Average Salary
46 Average hours per week


Metal working production and maintenance fitters erect, install and repair electrical and mechanical plant and industrial machinery, fit and assemble parts and sub-assemblies in the manufacture of metal products and test and adjust new motor vehicles and engines.

Main Tasks

  • Examines drawings and specifications to determine appropriate methods and sequence of operations;
  • Fits and assembles parts and/or metal sub-assemblies to fine tolerances to make marine engines, prototype metal products, agricultural machinery and machine tools;
  • Fits and assembles, other than to fine tolerances, prepared parts and sub-assemblies to make motor vehicles, printing and agricultural machinery, orthopaedic appliances and other metal goods;
  • Examines operation of, and makes adjustments to, internal combustion engines and motor vehicles;
  • Erects, installs, repairs and services plant and industrial machinery, including railway stock, textile machines, coin operated machines, locks, sewing machines, bicycles and gas and oil appliances.


Entrants usually possess GCSEs/S grades, a GNVQ/ GSVQ or a BTEC/SQA award. Apprenticeships in Engineering Maintenance at NVQ/SVQ Level 3 are available.

What Metal working production and maintenance fitters studied in higher education

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What Metal working production and maintenance fitters studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(L4) Social policy1
(W2) Design studies6
(L3) Sociology1
(C1) Biology2
(H3) Mechanical engineering19
(F1) Chemistry1
(C8) Psychology1
(H4) Aerospace engineering1
(W3) Music4
(F6) Geology2
(C7) Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry1
(K2) Building2
(J5) Materials technology not otherwise specified1
(H1) General engineering5
(H2) Civil engineering6
(W4) Drama1
(M1) Law by area1
(M2) Law by topic1
(J9) Others in technology1
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport1
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine1
(B1) Anatomy, physiology & pathology1
(P5) Journalism1
(F4) Forensic & archaeological sciences1
(H7) Production & manufacturing engineering1
(J7) Biotechnology1
(V5) Philosophy1
(F3) Physics1
(N1) Business studies1
(J6) Maritime technology1
(X3) Academic studies in education1
(L5) Social work1
(X1) Training teachers1
(C6) Sport & exercise science10
(P3) Media studies1
(N2) Management studies1
(V1) History by period1
(H6) Electronic & electrical engineering14

UK Prospects

167600 Workforce Size
5.37% Predicted decline 2023 - 2027
19795 Predicted Replacement 2023 - 2027

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