This 12-week program is designed to offer an alternative route to those looking to enter the Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) trade. This program covers all course materials received by a first-year Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) apprentice.
Students in this program will be provided the opportunity to install, troubleshoot, repair and maintain industrial equipment. Students will gain knowledge such as machining, machine assembly, blueprint reading, rigging and hoisting, machine alignment, drive systems and use of precision measurement tools and testing equipment.
The program prepares students to enter into an apprenticeship with hands-on skills. Upon successful completion of the program, students will qualify to challenge the first-year Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) apprenticeship exam.
Industrial Mechanics (Millwright) are exposed to the duties involved in a variety of other trades, and therefore can be good candidates for promotion to supervisory and superintendent positions. Industrial Mechanics (Millwright) may find work in a wide variety of industries including: oil and gas, construction, manufacturing, materials handling, and ski lift maintenance.
If you choose a career as an Industrial Mechanic (Millwright), you'll need the following characteristics:
- Problem-solving capabilities
- Physical strength and stamina
- Good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity
- The ability to visualize a layout by looking at plans and blueprints
- The ability to troubleshoot mechanical systems
- Analytical and ability to work to precise measurements
- Enjoy working with your hands
Areas of Study
- Machine Shop
- Trades Math
- Power Transmission
- Rigging and Hoisting
- Machine Alignment
- Blueprint Reading
- Measurement Tools
- Technical Drawing
Upon successful completion of the program, you may be eligible to register as an apprentice in the Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) program, once you find employment.
Credentials and Accreditation
Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a SAIT Certificate and may be eligible to challenge the written and practical exams for first-year Apprenticeship.
The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:
- Rocky Mountain College
To learn more, visit Transfer Options.
Have questions about this specific program?
School of Manufacturing and Automation
- Applications are accepted until the program start date.
- Fall 2020 start: application opens Oct. 2, 2019
- Winter 2021 start: applications open March 30, 2020
Successful completion of the following courses or equivalents:
- Math 20-1, Math 20-2, Math 20-3, Pure Math 20, or Applied Math 20,
- English Language Arts 20-1 or English Language Arts 20-2,
- Science 10
- All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.
- A pass mark in the SAIT Admission Examination (Level 4) or equivalent is accepted in lieu of the above requirements.
Note: General Educational Development (GED) tests are not accepted in lieu of the admission requirements.
SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada.
Direct Entry: Four Step Process
Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.
Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.
Step 3: Apply to Pre-Employment Industrial Mechanical (Millwright) and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.
- Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.
Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.
Communication during selection
Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications.
View additional Pre-Employment Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.
|Course Code||Course Name||Credits|
|MWRT 203||Millwright Theory I||1.5|
|MWRT 213||Millwright Machine Shop||3.0|
|MWRT 223||Millwright Shop I||1.5|
|MWRT 243||Millwright Machine Theory||1.5|
Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.
Domestic Tuition and Fees*
|Year||Tuition fees||SAIT fees||Saitsa fees||Health & Dental Plan||2020/21 total|
Campus athletic and recreation fee: $86
Universal transit pass (UPass): N/A
Student support fee: $50
Student technology fee: $50
Books and supplies*
- Modules are provided to the students on the first day of the class and the modules are included in the cost of the tuition.
- Find out about tuition and financial aid.
* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
Next steps for incoming students
Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.
Important dates and deadlines
Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.
Tuesday, Sept. 8
This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus.
How to register for classes
You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.
Computers and laptops
This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.
Required personal protective equipment (PPE)
You will need CSA-approved steel-toe boots and safety glasses.
To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience and ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices.
The Fall 2020 booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start. We recommend you wait to buy your books until your first few days of classes and speak with your instructors.
Steve Wooldridge, Academic Chair