What does an Industrial Mechanic Millwright Do?

 Industrial Mechanic Millwrights (433A) maintain and repair stationary industrial machinery, mechanical equipment and automated and robotic systems. Industrial Mechanic Millwrights are most often involved with installing, maintaining  repairing and removing machinery and equipment in industrial plants and factories. 

Learn about the business case for training apprentices in industrial mechanics

Essential Skills for Success as an Industrial Mechanic              NOC Code: 7311

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • reading diagrams and schematic drawings to determine work procedures
  • maintain and repair stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment 
  • operating hoisting and lifting devices as necessary during the repair of machinery
  • working independently and with others to solve mechanical and technical problems
  • communicating , persuading, and explaining to others what needs to be done
  • working accurately with numbers, and on occasion doing basic drawings of machine parts
  • cleaning, lubricating and performing other routine maintenance work on machinery
  • using welding equipment, hand and power tools as necessary

Additional information on training standards for this particular trade in the Industrial sector may be found on the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website at: http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/trades/training-standards1/industrial

What Preparation and Training do You Need ?

To become an Industrial Mechanic Millwright, you require your Grade 12  secondary school diploma or equivalency minimum to be apprenticed in this trade under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades. Completion of a 7,280 hour apprenticeship will include a combination of on-the-job and in-school training, before successfully writing an examination to obtain your Certificate of Qualification. General skills can sometimes be transferable to other trades as well.

What’s Your Future as an Industrial Mechanic Millwright ?

Most workers in this trade work full-time, sometimes in shift work,  most often indoors at industrial plants or in commercial buildings. Industries in Southern Ontario that employ Industrial  Mechanic Millwrights include:

  • primary steel producers
  • motor vehicle manufacturers
  • machinery and equipment manufacturers
  • mining companies

For additional information about this career, check out the construction sector website at: www.CareersInConstruction.ca.

The introduction of computer-controlled equipment means that workers are being expected to maintain and repair "smart" machinery. Industrial Mechanic Millwrights who have the computer knowledge to deal with programmable logic controllers improve their opportunities of finding a job.

Wage Rate

  • As an apprentice, you would start at a wage less less than that of a journeyperson
  • This rate gradually increases as you gain competency and skill
  • Fully qualified Industrial Mechanic/Millwrights can earn anywhere from $19.00/hr to $30.00 per hour, with benefits and opportunities for overtime as well


Ask Yourself: Is becoming an Industrial Mechanic Millwrights For You ?

Are you pretty accurate at and do you enjoy working with numbers?

Yes      No

Can you look at a diagram or blueprint and visualize how things come together?

Yes      No

Do you enjoy working with machinery and different kinds of tools?

Yes      No

Do you like to solve problems and suggest ways of fixing them?

Yes      No

Can you work happily by yourself, or in groups with other people?

Yes      No

Do you have the physical stamina to work with heavy equipment?

Yes      No

If you answered Yes to most of these questions,  Industrial Mechanic Millwrights may be for you!

You may also want to explore other careers that require similar interests and skills:

  • Machinist
  • Tool & Die Maker
  • Industrial Electrician
  • Welder-Fitter
  • Construction Millwright
  • Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic


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