About This Career
Millwrights, sometimes referred to as Industrial Mechanics, install, maintain, troubleshoot, overhaul and repair stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment. They may work on mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic, fuel, lubrication, cooling and exhaust systems with components that include pumps, fans, tanks, conveyors, presses and generators.
They work on new or maintenance projects at manufacturing, processing and production facilities or on construction sites and have a mindset for troubleshooting and repair to keep facilities and equipment running.
Education: A high school diploma (or equivalent) is typically required.
Employment: This occupation is found in both onshore and offshore environments and is typically employed in the exploration and production (E&P), oil sands, oil and gas services, and pipeline sectors of the oil and gas industry.
Example titles: Industrial Mechanic, Journeyman Millwright, Millwright Apprentice
- Supervisory positions
- Rotating Equipment Specialist
- Stationary Equipment Specialist
- Vibration Specialist
- Maintenance Coordinator
- Quality control and quality assurance roles
As Canada prepares for the launch of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, this occupation will play a key role in:
- LNG export facility construction and operations
- Natural gas pipeline construction
- Turnaround maintenance
When the LNG industry takes off, you can be a part of the action!
Working from Heights
Some Overtime Required
- Chemical manufacturing
- Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
- Paper manufacturing
- Heavy and civil engineering construction
- Construction of buildings (non-residential and residential)
- Mining and quarrying
- Wood product manufacturing
Exploration and production
Oil and gas services
- High School Diploma (or equivalent)
- Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
- Pipeline Construction Safety Training (PCST)
- Confined space entry
- Fall protection
- H2S Alive
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
- Standard and emergency first aid
- Completion of a three- to five-year apprenticeship program is required to become a certified tradesperson. Another route into apprenticeship training is a pre-apprenticeship foundation program. In some provinces, both of these routes can begin in high school.
- The Red Seal endorsement is the interprovincial standard of excellence, and is available to tradespersons upon successful completion of the Red Seal examination.