Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)

WHAT YOU DO

Industrial Mechanics or Millwrights are the true jacks-of-all-trades. Since they install, repair, overhaul and maintain a huge range of machinery, they need a very wide skill set to effectively do their job. Many Millwrights are electricians, plumbers, machinists and mechanics, all rolled into one.

As a Millwright, you need to have a mechanical aptitude, enjoy working with machinery and possess strong trouble shooting skills because you’re often working on one-of-a-kind machines that very few people can understand. Millwrights also need excellent communication skills, good eye-hand coordination, strength and agility.

Program details

WHAT YOU LEARN

  • How to read and interpret blueprints, diagrams and schematic drawings
  • How to inspect and examine machinery and equipment for irregularities and malfunctions
  • How to install, align, dismantle and move stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment such as pumps, fans, tanks, conveyors, furnaces and generators
  • How to maintain power transmission, vacuum, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, and programmable logic controls
  • How to clean, lubricate and perform other routine maintenance work on machinery

WHO YOU WORK FOR

Industrial Mechanics usually work for manufacturing plants, mines, hospitals, utilities and other industrial establishments.

Types of Workplaces

  • Repair Shops
  • Mining Operations
  • Forestry Operations
  • Ski Hills
  • Manufacturing Facilities
  • Mills and Plants

WHO YOU’LL WORK WITH

When a conveyor belt breaks down and a mining operation grinds to a halt, a Millwright gets the call. You will be paired with an experienced Millwright who will teach you how to interpret plans and sketches, then cut, fit and fabricate materials.

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Fixers are

ANALYTICAL, DEXTEROUS, MECHANICAL, RESOURCEFUL, SYSTEMATIC

Critical Skills

  • Explain Federal/ Provincial occupational health and safety regulations
  • Understand the theory of electricity and electronics
  • Use of specialized tools and equipment
  • Select, maintain and install lubricants, seals and bearings
  • Equipment installation and safe rigging practices
  • Cutting, fitting and fabrication
  • Service power transmissions, compressors and pumps

Earn

$67K annually
$18.50 - $40.00 hourly

Work

  • 40
  • hours per week
    potential for on-call and shift work

A day in the life of a trade apprentice

A Fixer's Story

Kurtis Gordey, 17

Motor Vehicle Body Repairer

Armstrong, BC

How to get started

ITA Youth Trade Programs let you get started in a trade while you’re still in high school. That means you could be working in your field, learning from experts and earning a paycheque — all before you graduate.