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 irregularities 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 certificate 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 & 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

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Hourly Pay

Contact the local union for more information on hourly pay, benefits, pensions and more.

Projected Retirement

8,700 + 
Projected construction worker retirements in the next decade

*BuildForce Canada

You have an interest in operating machinery.

You have a keen eye for detail.

You like precision work and working with building materials.

Did You Know?

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