Fitters construct and assemble mechanical systems.
These systems could be factory machines or the piping that carries the chemicals involved in the manufacturing process.
Some fitters choose to specialize in mechanical fitting, pipefitting, or steamfitting, others work in the heating and cooling industry maintaining and repairing systems in commercial or factory settings.
The manufacturing industry is the largest employer of fitters.
Fitters thrive on physical, hands-on work in a work environment that doesn’t revolve around a desk. Some factories maintain evening and weekend hours, and heating and cooling companies often maintain a 24/7 schedule, meaning fitters may work nontraditional shifts.
Fitters who are new to the industry or a particular trade are considered apprentices and work under the direct supervision of a journeyman.
Apprentices reach the journeyman level after a certain amount of work hours and professional development classes depending on the organization or trade union.
All fitters work under the direction of the project foreman.
According to the National Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is set to rise 16 per cent through 2026, much faster than average.