How to become an Instrument Fitter

Instrument fitters assemble and install precise instruments that measure, indicate, transmit, record and control. Instrument fitters may specialise as camera repairers, scale adjusters or surgical instrument makers. Experienced instrument fitters may work with scientists to design, manufacture or modify laboratory equipment.

Personal requirements of a Instrument Fitter

  • Enjoy practical and manual activities
  • Good eyesight (may be corrected) and normal colour vision
  • Able to do precise and detailed work
  • Aptitude for technical activities

Education & Training for a Instrument Fitter

To become an instrument fitter you usually have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

Gaining dual-trade status through the study of mechanical instrument fitting electives, either during your apprenticeship or through post-trade studies, is encouraged in this occupation.

Duties & Tasks of a Instrument Fitter

Instrument fitters:

  • fit and assemble instrument parts such as circuit boards, power supplies and control units, springs, bearings, lenses and glass faces
  • check instruments for accuracy and calibrate (to manufacturers' specifications), using standard weights and measures; pneumatic, electrical and electronic test equipment; and small hand tools
  • install industrial instruments and equipment such as control panels, sensors, transmitters and controllers, meters and fixed cameras (if an appropriate licence is held)
  • dismantle and re-assemble delicate mechanisms or electronic circuits
  • overhaul instrument systems and repair or replace faulty parts using power tools and small hand tools
  • check performance using testing and measuring instruments and make necessary adjustments
  • set up computers and control equipment
  • connect computers to control systems and check the operation of these systems.

Employment Opportunities for a Instrument Fitter

Instrument fitters usually work for power stations, mining and smelting plants, the petrochemical and minerals industries, instrument manufacturers, hospitals and other government bodies. They may also be employed by firms dealing with photographic instruments, surveying instruments, weighing or analysis devices, and by scientific laboratories. There is an increasing use of instruments in industry to provide efficient control of various processes. With experience, and sometimes further training, it is possible to become a supervisor or technician. Job opportunities depend on the level of activity in the mining, mineral processing, petrochemical, manufacturing, and water and power supply industries.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,149

Future growth:

Decline

Employment by state:

ACT 1%

NSW 33.6%

NT 1.1%

QLD 18.9%

SA 7%

TAS 2.2%

VIC 25%

WA 11.1%

Hours worked:

43

Unemployment:

Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 93%

Female 7%

Education level:

Highest qualification is secondary school: 11.5%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 59.5%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 7.8%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 6.7%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 2.2%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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