As a Maintenance Fitter, you are responsible for maintaining and repairing the diverse range of mechanical and electrical equipment used by the New Zealand Army. From forklifts to NZLAVs to chainsaws, the variety and complexity of equipment you will be called upon to service is staggering.
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“I’m a maintenance fitter in the New Zealand army. Generally welding is what we do. We’re repairing stuff for the gym, kitchens/portable kitchens. We have lathes here to work on any kind of material. We do general repair on vehicles. We tend to repair a lot of vehicles out on the field. We can do things like making custom bolts, fixing hinges and levers on sidecurling. To start becoming a maintenance fitter you go to Trentham in Wellington. It’s a good atmosphere there, heaps of cool instructors, that’s where you meet heaps of new friends. I had a cousin in the army doing an apprenticeship; he always came home with heaps of money, flash cars, and then the army offered me an apprenticeship, so I took that straight away, and here I am today.”
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