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Millwright and Industrial Mechanic

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

Work Activities
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers or Subordinates
Signalling the Crane Operator to lower the basic assembly unit to bedplate and align the unit to the centerline.
Documenting and Recording Information
Recording the parts or materials used and ordering or requisitioning new parts or materials as necessary.
Maintaining all of the necessary records to support preventative maintenance programs.
Filling out daily maintenance log sheets.
Evaluating Information
Studying blueprints or manufacturer's manuals to determine the correct installation or operation of machinery.
Getting Information
Observing and testing the operation of machinery or equipment to diagnose malfunctions using voltmeters or other testing devices.
Handling and Moving Objects
Reassembling equipment after the completion of inspections, testing and repairs.
Cleaning, lubricating and adjusting parts, equipment and machinery.
Cutting and welding metal to repair broken metal parts, fabricate new parts and assemble new equipment.
Inserting shims, adjusting tension on nuts and bolts, and positioning parts using hand tools and measuring instruments to set specified clearances between moving and stationary parts.
Aligning machines and equipment using hoists, jacks, hand tools, squares, rules, micrometers and plumb bobs.
Assembling and installing equipment using hand tools and power tools.
Laying out mounting holes using measuring instruments and drilling holes with a power drill.
Levelling the bedplate and establishing the centerline using straightedge, levels and transit.
Dismantling machines using hammers, wrenches, crowbars and other hand tools.
Attaching moving parts and subassemblies to the assembly unit using hand tools and power tools.
Moving machinery and equipment using hoists, dollies, rollers and trucks.
Assembling machines and fastening them to a foundation or other structures using hand tools and power tools.
Bolting parts, such as side and deck plates, jaw plates, and journals, to a basic assembly unit.
Positioning steel beams to support bedplates of machines and equipment using blueprints and schematic drawings to determine work procedures.
Fitting bushings, sleeves, rings, liners, gears and wheels to specified items using portable gas heating equipment.
Fabricating and dismantling parts, equipment and machines using a cutting torch or other cutting equipment.
Connecting a power unit to machines or steam piping to equipment and testing the unit to evaluate its mechanical operation.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures or Material
Examining parts for defects, such as breakage or excessive wear.
Interacting with Computers
Entering codes and instructions to program computer-controlled machinery.
Monitoring Processes, Materials or Surroundings
Monitoring plant equipment continuously to pinpoint problems before they arise.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices or Equipment
Operating newly repaired machinery or equipment to verify the adequacy of repairs.
Demonstrating equipment functions and features to machine operators.
Providing Consultation and Advice to Others
Providing mechanical expertise for new construction and repairs within the plant according to safety, quality and trade standards and guidelines.
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
Repairing or maintaining the operating condition of industrial production and processing machinery or equipment.
Repairing or replacing broken or malfunctioning components of machinery and equipment.
Disassembling machinery and equipment to remove parts and make repairs.
Replacing the defective parts of a machine.
Conducting preventative maintenance on machines and equipment.
Completing routine tasks, such as the lubrication of machinery, seal replacement, cleaning of parts.
Operation Monitoring
Equipment Maintenance
Career Path
  • Supervisory positions
  • Machinist
  • Rotating Equipment Specialist
  • Stationary Equipment Specialist
  • Vibration Specialist
  • Maintenance Coordinator
  • Quality control and quality assurance roles
  • Training
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How Can I Work in LNG?

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 Conditions
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Industrial excavator
    Active Machinery
  • Arrow
    Shift Work
  • Heights
    Working from Heights
  • Overtime
    Some Overtime Required
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Careers also exist in the following industries:
  • Chemical manufacturing
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  • Mining and quarrying
  • Paper manufacturing
  • Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
  • Utilities
  • Wood product manufacturing
Job Details

Job Category




Oil and gas services

Oil sands

Exploration and production



Qualifications + Experience


  • High School Diploma (or equivalent)


  • Completion of a three- to four-year apprenticeship program is required to become a certified tradesperson. Another route into apprenticeship training is a pre-apprenticeship foundation program. In most 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.
  • Standard and emergency first aid
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
  • Pipeline Construction Safety Training (PCST)
  • H2S Alive
  • Confined space entry
  • Fall protection