Mechanical engineering tradespeople undertake mechanical work on machines, sub-assemblies and the manufacture of parts using a range of processes, tools and machines. Also referred to as mechanical fitter, turner and mechanical engineering technician.
Personal requirements of a mechanical engineering tradesperson may include:
- Enjoy technical work
- Being physically fit
- No skin allergies
- Attention to detail
- Able to work without supervision or as part of the team
Mechanical engineering tradespeople may complete the following tasks:
- Examine detailed drawings or specifications for job, material and equipment requirement purposes
- Repair or replace defective parts of faulty tools and assemblies
- Set up and adjust metalworking machines and equipment
- Check accuracy and quality of finished parts, tools or sub-assemblies
- Cut, thread, bend and install hydraulic and pneumatic pipes and lines
- Set up and/or operate hand and machine tools, welding equipment or Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines
This occupation usually requires the completion of an apprenticeship in Engineering- Mechanical Trade. Employees usually require Year 10 but entry requirements may vary. Once you have successfully finished your apprenticeship, employment opportunities as a mechanical engineering tradesperson are in the gas industry and with mining and processing companies.