Millwrights install, service, diagnose and repair all types of industrial 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, power and precision tools. Millwrights can also weld and fabricate.

You have a keen eye for detail.

You have an interest in operating machinery.

You like precision work and working with building materials.


  • Detect and troubleshoot mechanical problems
  • Repair or replace defective machinery parts
  • Assemble and install machinery and equipment using tools
  • Install machinery foundations
  • Fabricate parts required during overhaul, maintenance or set-up
  • Perform routine maintenance
  • Work with other trades to diagnose programmable logic controllers (PLCs) problems
  • Operate, maintain and repair hoisting and lifting equipment

Key Skills & Attributes

(technical training and on the job)

  • Reading and math
  • Communication
  • Planning and problem-solving

What You’ll Need

Entrance Requirements

Usually a combination of 5+ years of work experience in the trade, plus high school, college or industry courses for millwrights to be eligible for certification.

Apprenticeship Program: 4 years, includes technical training, on-the-job training and exam. Journeyperson certificate awarded after successful completion. As an apprentice, you also earn while you learn.

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Hourly Pay


Projected Construction Worker Retirements

~8,100 by 2029*

*BuildForce Canada

Did You Know?

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