Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)

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You want to be an industrial mechanic (millwright). You want to install, maintain and repair stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment. You know all about fitting bearings, aligning gears and shafts, attaching motors, and connecting couplings and belts to precise tolerances.

But you want to learn more, like how to service and repair hydraulic and pneumatic systems. You may also need more experience doing tack welding and fabrication.

Here are a few other subjects covered in the Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) apprenticeship program at NAIT:

-operating rigging equipment to hoist heavy machinery and parts

-reading diagrams and schematic drawings

-aligning and testing equipment

Quick Facts

Credential: Journeyman Certificate

Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.

Campus: Main

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Main Campus in Edmonton. View map

Delivery Options:

  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.

Periods: 4

Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

Most apprenticeship programs are 3-4 periods in length, with an average of 8 weeks for each training period. In addition, there are specific allotments of on-the-job training hours associated with each period, so most apprentices complete 1 period per calendar year.

Hands-on, industry-relevant training

If you like performing a wide variety of tasks and precision work with machinery and equipment, then you will enjoy working as an industrial mechanic.

Industrial mechanics (millwrights) are 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.

Training at NAIT

The Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) apprenticeship term is:

  • 4 years (four 12-month periods)
  • minimum of 1560 hours on-the-job training each year
  • 8 weeks of technical training each year

Enter the workforce with confidence

As an industrial mechanic, you will find employment in construction, maintenance, machine shops and stock keeping, as well as amusement parks and ski hills where there are many machines that require maintenance and repairs.

Industrial mechanics cross over with many other trades and are good candidates for supervisory and superintendent positions.




Tuition & Fees

The tuition and fee amounts below are estimates based on current academic year’s rates. For financial planning purposes, please use these totals as an approximate estimate of your costs. Actual fees may vary by term and enrolment activities. Students who take all of their courses online are exempt from U-Pass, Health & Dental, and Recreation & Athletics fees. All fees are subject to change. Please refer to the tuition and fees page for more detailed information.

View the technical equipment requirements (PDF)

Scholarships & Awards

How to Apply

Complete an apprenticeship application & contract form

Effective November 1, 2014, you must fillout the application located on the MyTradesecrets website for Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board staff to determine if you are eligible for status as an indentured apprentice.

Dates & Deadlines

Once you are an indentured apprentice, you can review the availability and start and end dates of the program you are interested in. Log into your MyTradesecrets profile and do a search under the Class Registration section. Then you can determine the schedule that best fits your needs.

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

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Apply to the program with step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application process. Please note, processing time may vary for applicants, so we recommend starting early.

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