Millwrights install, maintain, troubleshoot and repair stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment used in many industries. They work on a range of equipment in factories, production plants and recreational facilities.

You like variety.

You have an interest in operating machinery.

You like precision work and working with building materials.


  • Read diagrams and schematic drawings to determine work procedures
  • Detect and troubleshoot mechanical problems and malfunctions
  • Perform routine maintenance & test, repair or replace defective machinery parts
  • Assemble and install machinery and equipment using hand and power tools
  • Operate rig equipment to move and place heavy machinery and parts
  • Trouble-shoot hydraulic, pneumatic and programmable logic controls (PLCs)
  • May do some welding and fabrication

Key Skills & Attributes

(technical training and on the job)

  • Strong communication skills, reading and numeracy
  • Strong problem-solving and planning skills
  • Ability to read blueprints and schematic drawings
  • Ability to understand and trouble-shoot mechanical systems
  • Physical strength, stamina & ability to lift heavy equipment
  • Good coordination and manual dexterity

What You’ll Need

Entrance Requirements

To potentially reduce length of apprenticeship term: Completed courses of study, millwright-related work experience or a related journeyperson certificate and employer’s recommendation.

Apprenticeship Program: 4 years, includes technical training, on-the-job training and exam. Journeyperson certificate awarded after successful completion. As an apprentice, you also earn while you learn..

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Hourly Pay

Contact the local union for more information on hourly pay, benefits, pensions and more.

Construction Workers Needed

55,810 Construction Workers needed by 2030*

*BuildForce Canada

Did You Know?

Nearly every industry requires millwrights, including manufacturing, energy, automotive, transportation, refinery, food processing and pharmaceutical, as examples.