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Engineering Tradesperson - Mechanical

Mechanical engineering tradespersons carry out a range of mechanical work on machines, sub-assemblies and manufactured parts.

  • Entry-level education


  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does an Engineering Tradesperson - Mechanical do?

Mechanical engineering tradespersons carry out a range of mechanical work on machines, sub-assemblies and manufactured parts using a range of processes, tools and machines. Fields in which these tradespersons work are more commonly known as fitters & turners, metal machinists, or toolmakers.


Work activities

As an engineering tradesperson - mechanical you would:

  • examine detailed drawings or specifications to determine job, material and equipment requirements
  • set up and adjust metalworking machines and equipment
  • operate machines to produce parts or tools by turning, boring, milling, planing, shaping, slotting, grinding or drilling
  • fit and assemble metal parts, tools or sub-assemblies
  • cut, thread, bend and install hydraulic and pneumatic pipes and lines
  • repair or replace defective parts in faulty tools and assemblies
  • set up and/or operate hand and machine tools, welding equipment or Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines
  • check the accuracy and quality of finished parts, tools or sub-assemblies.

Key skills and interests

To become an engineering tradesperson - mechanical, you would need:

  • the ability to work accurately
  • good practical skills
  • the ability to read engineering drawings and follow instructions
  • good hand – eye coordination
  • an understanding of the strengths and properties of metals
  • basic computer skills.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

A mechanical engineering tradesperson would usually work a standard number of hours, Monday to Friday.


You would likely work in workshops or areas that could be noisy, hot and dusty. You may spend most of your day standing and often need to bend, crouch or climb.

Your employer would provide you with protective clothing including ear muffs and safety goggles. You would need to be aware of safety regulations.


How to become an Engineering Tradesperson - Mechanical?

Entry Level Education

To become a mechanical engineering tradesperson you usually have to complete an apprenticeship in Engineering - Mechanical Trade. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require junior secondary school certificate or equivalent.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of mechanical engineering tradespersons is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Job prospects will likely be better for those skilled in the use of controlled (CNC) machine tools.


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