Metal Fabricator (Fitter)


Marine Fitter

Marine Fitters are precise and tactile tradespeople who enjoy working closely with metal pieces, machinery and equipment to assemble, construct and repair ships. 

As a Marine Fitter, you’ll build, assemble and repair products made of steel or other metals for use in marine vessels.  

You’ll work with your hands to assemble and repair ship structures, outfit ships, erect hull blocks and create lofts. Your role is very collaborative, dealing with a range of tradespeople as you assemble, construct and repair the vessels we depend on. 

What You'll Learn

  • How to identify shipbuilding processes 
  • How to implement safe work practices and work in hazardous environments 
  • How to read construction drawings  
  • How to create lofts 
  • How to assemble and repair ship structures, outfit ships, and erect hull blocks 

Key Job Skills

  • Problem solving and math 
  • Drawing and specification interpretation 
  • Trade tools and equipment use 
  • Burning and welding 
  • Fabricating and metallurgy techniques 

Technical Training

To get certified, you will need to sign up for technical training at an approved training provider in addition to on-the-job training. 

Visit Trades Training BC and EducationPlannerBC for a comprehensive list of what programs are available in your trade at public and non-public schools. 

Technical Training 8 weeks over 2 years
Work-Based Training
2460 HOURS
Salary Range Hourly
$21.00 — $42.50

Program Updates

  • None

Endorsement Exam Information

Program Information

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