Fitting & Welding
Engineering is a large and very diverse industry – so large in fact that the variety and types of jobs are almost endless. Accuracy when measuring is the most important skill in this trade, as you will work with measurements much smaller than millimetres. Entering the engineering trade is very rewarding. It is fascinating to see a product developed from the ground up. The level of skill required in this trade is very high, and the precision to detail, important.
But what does a trade trained Engineer do?
Let’s look at two.
Engineering Fabrication is a popular trade for young apprentices. It involves working with metal: grinding, welding and constructing equipment from raw metal plates, steel or pipes and has job titles like Boilermakers and Sheet Metal Workers. `These job roles create and maintain equipment from small items up to the large earth moving machinery. During this apprenticeship you will learn to read computer drawings, develop an attention to detail and be organised enough to meet strict timelines.
Engineering Mechanical is another popular option. It is sometimes better known as Fitting and Turning, but can also include Diesel Fitting and Air-Con and Refrigeration mechanics. Mechanical engineers also work with raw metal, forming it into different shapes using lathes, mills and other industry equipment. Like fabrication, you will need to be able to read and interpret computer drawings.
Engineering is an exciting and diverse industry. Didn’t take to these career options? Don’t sweat it! We’ve only looked at two engineering streams, the options and career prospects are limitless. If you’re leaning towards an engineering apprenticeship, get out there, talk to your teachers, parents or perhaps another apprentice you may and discover how exciting engineering can be.
Completing an apprenticeship in Engineering will provide you with a solid understanding of mathematics, creativity, spatial awareness and an attention to detail.