Millwrights install, service, diagnose and repair stationary machinery and heavy equipment used in many industries. They work on a range of equipment such as pumps, compressors, turbines and mining equipment using a combination of hand and power tools, including welding equipment. They can develop skills in areas such as hydraulics, electronics and other specializations.


  • Detect and troubleshoot mechanical problems and malfunctions
  • Repair or replace defective machinery parts
  • Assemble and install machinery and equipment using hand and power tools
  • Construct foundations for machinery
  • Fabricate parts required during overhaul, maintenance or set-up
  • Perform routine maintenance work on machinery
  • Program programmable logic controllers (PLCs)
  • Operate hoisting and lifting equipment

What You’ll Need

Entrance Requirements

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

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
  • Experience using precision tools & machinery
  • Ability to work in high places, outdoors & in diverse weather
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment

Trade Card Info Sheets

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Hourly Pay

$29.22 – $44.95/hr

Projected Growth


10% over the decade
compared to 2020*

*BuildForce Canada

You have an interest in operating machinery

You have a keen eye for detail.

You like precision work.

Did You Know?

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