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Bench Fitting

Though so many of today’s industrial manufacturing and production line systems rely very heavily on electrical and electronic systems to operate, there is still a high need for employees to have basic hand and tool skills as part of carrying out effective repairs and new installations.  Experienced and skilled bench fitters can easily be producing component by hand to very small tolerances of around 0.01mm.  

This 4 day course at our Technology Hub in Aston, Birmingham is mainly practical based with some theory and is designed to give delegates the required skills, theory and practice of bench fitting techniques. Within this four-day workshop delegates will learn to work from engineering drawings, accurately measure, produce components and will develop some useful hand skills.

Course content

During the course the delegates will cover the following subject areas in depth.
  • Engineering drawings – working with engineering drawings, standards, symbols and conventions 
  • Quality Assurance training in the use of – External and depth Micrometer, vernier height gauge and calliper, rules, engineers’ squares, combination sets, slip gauges and protractors.
  • Charts – using technical charts and Zeus book
  • Processes – marking out, filing flat, curved and square surfaces
  • Methods – hacksawing, drilling and reaming, countersinking and counter boring 
  • Internal and external thread production – through and blind holes 
  • Fitting parallel, extraction and taper dowels, parallel keys in shafts, gears and taper locks (motor shafts0. Split pins, roll pins and sel-loc pins.
  • Securing devices – nuts, bolts, pins, cap heads and washers, Nyloc nuts, flat, spring and serrated washers.
  • Riveting – pop and solid types


Delegates do not need any previous experience of bench fitting or the equipment to be used though some experience would prove beneficial.
The course runs over 4 days and, whilst it covers some underpinning theory, it is mainly practical focussing on best bench fitting practices and on the development of basic hand skills and tool usage. The course also introduces the delegates to the accurate reading and interpretation of engineering drawings and the use of measuring equipment and how to transfer that information to the component being manufactured.


Whilst there is no formal assessment on this course, delegates will need to demonstrate that they can operate safely in the workshop and produce some simple components to a good standard. On successful completion of the course, delegates will receive a certificate of attendance.

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Career progression:

By the end of this course the delegates will be able to accurately read and interpret engineering drawings and will have developed some useful hand skills essential to achieve a good standard of bench fitting.



Why Choose Make UK to Study?

Make UK Environmental, Health & Safety team are dedicated to improving EHS knowledge and performance in individuals and companies across the UK. Our trainers are professional consultants with industry recognized qualifications and practical experience.

For your convenience, costs quoted are inclusive of tuition, course materials, assessment, and certificate, which is awarded for successful completion of the qualification.


Member pricing breakdown

*Member price = £865 + VAT - Member discount applies to Make UK Members, and subscribers to our EHS or HR & Legal support packages (discount applied upon booking)