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also Apprentice Fitter, Foreman Fitter, Leading Fitter, Maintenance Engineer, Engineer Repairist

A fitter was engaged on assembly, installation, maintenance, repair and dismantling of mechanical plant and equipment at the mines, oil works and refineries. The trade of a fitter was a qualified and skilled career that took many years to learn. An apprenticeship would usually start between the ages of 14 and 16 and last for 5 years. Once the apprenticeship was served the fitter would normally stay in this trade for the rest of their working life.


Seven fitter's tools, formerly the property of William Brown Gilchrist, a fitter / turner with Scottish Oils at Deans Oil Works and Middleton Hall. LVSAV2004.001 David Newton (Junior), engineer at Pumpherston at work, circa 1955. R10-00778
fitters tools fitter on pipe

Wages & Working Hours

The average weekly wage of a fitter in 1886 was 26s 0d and the working hours were normally 57 hours over 6 days (Board of Trade Census of Wages).

In 1923 an apprentice fitter started on a weekly wage of 12s, which rose to 13s 6d in 1924, 15s in 1925, 18s in 1926 and to 22s in 1927 which was the final year of the apprenticeship.

Additional Resources

Engineering Workshops at Middleton Hall R13-00034.050




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