Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)

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Length: 4 periods Credential: Apprenticeship Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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Overview

Learn how to install, maintain, repair and troubleshoot stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment in sites such as factories, production plants and recreational facilities.

If you enjoy performing a wide variety of tasks and precision work on large machinery and equipment, then you'll like working as an industrial mechanic. 

The average day for an industrial mechanic is to read diagrams, schematic drawings and service manuals to determine work procedures on various different types of equipment. You'll operate rigging equipment and dollies to place heavy machinery parts as you assemble or disassemble equipment.

You'll fit bearings, align gears and shafts, attach motors and connect couplings and belts to precise tolerances to ensure the equipment will function properly.

Throughout the process, you'll align and test equipment, perform predictive and operational procedures and repair or replace defective parts. Hydraulic and pneumatic systems may need your repair or service.

During your apprenticeship training, you'll learn about welding, electrical work and hydraulics – dynamic skills that will allow you to tackle a variety of jobs on site.

This is a non-compulsory trade – individuals can work in the trade without certification if the employer deems the individual to have the skills of a journeyperson. However, individuals who are working in the trade and learning the trade must become a registered apprentice.

Is this the right fit for me?

Students who have the following characteristics see greater success in the industrial mechanic (millwright) trade:

  • the ability to visualize a layout by looking at plans and prints
  • the ability to comprehend and troubleshoot mechanical systems
  • mechanical aptitude
  • good coordination and manual dexterity
  • the ability to get along with and supervise others 
  • a commitment to safe work habits

Credentials

Upon successfully completing the required working hours and technical training periods, graduates will be awarded journeyperson status by Alberta’s Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

Industrial mechanic (millwright) is a Red Seal Endorsed trade – a recognizable standard that allows tradespeople to work across Canada.

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Career opportunities

Start your career by finding an employer who is willing to indenture you as an apprentice or gain experience with our Pre-Employment Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) program.

As an industrial mechanic, you will be primarily involved in construction or plant maintenance work, often in close association with other trades such as machinists, instrument technicians, welders, electricians and steamfitter-pipefitters. You will be exposed to a variety of weather conditions as you may work indoors or outdoors.

After becoming a journeyperson, you may decide to advance with further certifications in other trades, you may move into management positions. Some journeypersons go on to run their own businesses – we can help you build your business with our Blue Seal business certificate.

$30 - $45
Average hourly wage
4
Periods of training

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $1,168.72
Year 2: $1,168.72  
Year 3: $1,168.72  
Year 4: $1,168.72 


*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Requirements

The program requirements are set by Apprenticeship and Industry Training.  

When can you apply?

  • Registration for the 2021/22 academic year opens on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

Admission and completion

To enter an apprenticeship, you must have the educational qualifications required or recommended education for the trade to which you apply.

Entrance Requirements are monitored and set by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.


Minimum requirements
Successful completion of the following courses:

  • English 20-2
  • Math 20-3
  • Science 10

OR

A pass mark in all five Canadian General Educational Development (GED) tests

OR

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Entrance Exam


Recommended Path
Apprentices with an Alberta High School Diploma that includes the following courses:

  • English 30-2
  • Math 30-3
  • Physics 30 OR Chemistry 30 OR Science 30
  • Related career and technology studies (CTS) courses

How to register

Registration for technical training is run through Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. Learn how you can register for your next intake.

Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Services
1.800.248.4823
tradesecrets.alberta.ca

Suite 200 Willow Park Centre   
10325 Bonaventure DR. SE 
Calgary, AB

After you register

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Training

The term of apprenticeship for an industrial mechanic (millwright) is four years (four 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1560 hours of on-the-job training and eight weeks of technical training each year.

Training pathways to become a industrial mechanic (millwright) journeyperson

Technical Training Performance 

To be successful in technical training, an apprentice must pass each section of the course and pass the AIT exam. The passing grade for each section in the course is a 65%. A passing mark on each Trade Qualification Exam and the Interprovincial Qualification (or Red Seal Exam) is 70%.

Alberta's Apprenticeship and Industry Training procedures

Costs

Domestic tuition and fees*

Period Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees 2021/22 total
1 $899 $197.80 $71.92 $1,168.72
2 $899 $197.80 $71.92 $1,168.72
3 $899 $197.80 $71.92 $1,168.72
4 $899 $197.80 $71.92 $1,168.72

SAIT Fees

Student support fee: $37.50  
Student technology fee: $37.50
Lab and materials fee: $77
Campus recreation fee: $45.80

Books and supplies*

  • Books or modules along with other items for class average out to $600 per period.
  • It is recommended that you do not purchase books or modules ahead of time as they might be outdated by the time you attend classes and they cannot be returned to the bookstore.
  • Personal Protective Equipment will be required for the program, which may be an additional cost to apprentices.

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Learn more about paying for your apprenticeship

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

School of Manufacturing and Automation
403.284.8641
ma.info@sait.ca

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