Become a Successful Tradesperson with NTPC’s Professional Training Courses


Nitesh Narayan had just finished high school when he landed his first job as an assistant at Vijay Auto Spares in Suva. Loving working with machines, he decided to learn about machines as a career.


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Nitesh Narayan had just finished high school when he landed his first job as an assistant at Vijay Auto Spares in Suva. Loving working with machines, he decided to learn about machines as a career. Following the advice and encouragement of his peers and colleagues, he decided to embark on the trade of fitting and machining. He worked at Fluid Power Services Limited as a hydraulic fitter and worked at Hydraulink supplying hydraulic hoses and fittings.

In 2013, Mr. Narayan started his own business called Yans Hydraulic Services PTE Limited in Nausori. Mr. Narayan says his aspirations to become an entrepreneur were realized through dedication, support from family and friends, and through short vocational training at the National Training and Productivity Center.

“By enrolling in Fitting and Machining for a certificate, I found that learning and getting professional training at NTPC is much more useful and rewarding than I had anticipated,” Mr. Narayan said.

“This year I certified my skill level by undertaking the Class 3 Professional Examination for Fitting and Machining and passed it with flying colors. I specialized in hydraulic assembly while being a director at Yans Hydraulic Services (own company).

“Many opportunities presented themselves when I went to NTPC Narere. The training staff were very helpful and knew the course I needed to take to improve my skills and qualifications, and I completed the courses successfully. »

Mr. Narayan encourages young people to acquire an education and discover their potentials and interests. A craftsman at heart, Mr. Narayan strongly encourages young people to acquire skills in the trades.

“I advise young people and workers interested in mechanical engineering to come to FNU/NTPC in Narere and enroll in one of the units relevant to the work they are doing.”

What is fitting and machining?

A fitter and machinist work with metal or plastic, measuring and cutting to exact measurements before assembling the finished product. This can apply to vehicles, machinery, home furnishings and gadgets.

Fit and machining professionals use specialized tools and equipment to produce new components and repair machine parts. This type of engineer can work on a wide range of devices, ranging from buses to airplanes. Assembly and machining engineers must have great technical knowledge of how things are put together, and they can also work directly with their hands. They use their skills to find new ways to repair damaged parts. A career in fitting and machining might be perfect for you if you think you’re good at metalwork and repairing things.

Fitting and machining methods include turning, milling, cutting, forming and fitting of keys, couplings, bushings, shafts and bearings to fabricate and produce parts of machine.

Turning is a type of machining where the workpiece rotates while a cutting tool. Turning can be done manually, automatically or on a conventional type of lathe. Computer Numerical Control, or CNC, is the most popular type of automation used today. Besides turning, several other forms of machining are frequently performed with the CNC.

A cutting tool is moved along axes of motion while rotating a piece of relatively hard material to obtain exact diameters and depths. Turning operations are normally performed on a lathe, which is the oldest type of machine tool and comes in four varieties: straight turning, taper turning, profiling, and outside grooving. These turning techniques can create a variety of material shapes, including straight, tapered, curved, or grooved parts.

Adjustment and machining work

It may not be the most well-known job, but the fixture and machining industry is the backbone of manufacturing today. Fitting and machining includes jobs that work with metals and machines in a variety of capacities, from taking them apart to putting them back together. Their jobs cover many areas of manufacturing, from creating spare parts for machinery to building new equipment from scratch.

The Fit and Machining course is aimed at people whose duties include performing engineering measurements, calculations, planning activities, a range of cutting processes, working with drawings, layout, maintenance of drives, precision work and the use of lathes and milling machines.

Nitesh Narayan.

Assembly and machining as a career

  • People in this career are primarily concerned with the mechanical aspects of machinery. A fitter-machinist or a fitter-turner is responsible for:
  • Read and interpret blueprints and diagrams
  • Adjustment and adjustment of machinery and equipment for metalworking.
  • Adjust and assemble parts of heavy machinery and equipment
  • Disassemble defective assemblies and repair or replace defective parts
  • Installation of components such as gears, motors and hydraulic assemblies
  • Quality control: inspection of parts, sub-assemblies and finished products.

If you want to work in this field, you will need at least a certificate of achievement, but many employers prefer that you have some type of certificate in a specialized mechanical engineering field. Some employers may require additional training or national occupational certification in fitting and machining, such as trade test certification.

NTPC Short Courses

The 14 units integrated into NPTC’s Maintenance and Diagnostics curriculum will prepare students to work as tradespeople both locally and internationally. These 14 units can be completed in six months and attached to industry for practice. After acquiring the required industrial attachment, which is 1200 hours, he or she should be ready for the class III professional examination for fitter and machinist. We also offer bespoke in-house training for organizations.

Therefore, job opportunities for fitters and machinists include, but are not limited to:

  • Aviation
  • Automotive
  • Agricultural
  • Transportation
  • Precision machining
  • Industrial manufacturing
  • Energy/Natural Resources
  • Heavy Equipment Manufacturing
  • Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and in no way reflect or represent the position of Fiji National University.

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