Millwrights install, assemble, service, repair and move stationary machinery. Sometimes referred to as industrial mechanics, Millwrights can develop skills in areas such as hydraulics, pneumatics, machining, electronics and other specializations.
Skills includes: decision making; digital technology; document use; oral communication; problem solving; working with others; ability to read blueprints and visualize layouts; working with heavy-duty equipment and machines; precision work; and on-the-job variety.
To be certified as a Millwright, you usually need to complete a four-year apprenticeship program. Once you successfully complete the required on-the-job training, technical training and exams, you are awarded a journeyperson certificate.
You may be eligible for certification if you have more than five years of on-the-job experience and some high school, college or industry courses for Millwrights.
As a certified Millwright, you may attempt the Interprovincial Exam to qualify for the Interprovincial Standards’ Red Seal. With a Red Seal, you can work as a Millwright Mechanic anywhere in Canada.
To ensure your skills are current as a Millwright, you should keep up with new technological developments by reading and talking with other Millwrights.