Aerospace manufacturing fitter apprenticeship

Aerospace manufacturing fitter apprenticeship

Within the aerospace industry, aerospace manufacturing fitters are mainly involved in assembling aircraft systems.

The work is highly skilled, detailed and complex, and is carried out using specialist equipment including hand and machine tools, jigs and measuring equipment.

On this apprenticeship you will learn to use and interpret engineering data and documentation such as engineering drawings and computer-generated printouts to assemble and disassemble aircraft components. You will measure and mark out materials for precision machining and drilling as well as hand-fitting processes. Your training will teach you how to select and operate the appropriate tools, the use of measuring and test systems, and various techniques, which could include welding, bonding, sealing, jointing and assembly of pipework systems – all while complying with the necessary quality and health & safety regulations. You will be expected to work both individually and as part of a manufacturing team.

On average, it will take 42 months to complete an aerospace manufacturing fitter apprenticeship (the minimum is 36 months).

Entry requirements

A good level of numeracy is a must as you will use mathematical techniques and calculations to understand the theory of flight, aerodynamics and aviation manufacturing processes. Employers will generally ask for four GCSEs at grade C or equivalent, including maths, English and a science.

For further information, please contact:

The Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET)

The Royal Aeronautical

The Institution of Mechanical


Level 3 (Advanced)

Starting salary (once qualified):

not available

Job roles:

Aircraft manufacture mechanical, Aircraft power plant assembly

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