Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)


$33,280- $67,200



At a glance

An Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) installs and maintains machinery in factories and in other production plants. Millwrights install, maintain, repair, and solve problems with stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment in factories, production plants, and recreational facilities.

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Work environment

Work environments for construction careers can be located outdoors or indoors or both. Work hours may vary as well. Some positions are seasonal while others are all year round, but part-time. Other positions are project-based and may require you to work full-time until the project is complete. And, of course there are careers that have full-time hours all year round.

Below is a list of workplaces where you might find opportunities to gain apprenticeship hours and/or experience. (Source: Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook and Manitoba Prospects)

  • Construction contractors
  • Mining companies
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Pulp and paper mills
  • Recreational facilities
  • Self employed

Other conditions: shift work

Mini Skills Assessment

If you answer YES to the questions below, then you could train to be a Millwright!

  • Are you good at solving problems?
  • Are you mechanically inclined?
  • Could you read plans and blueprints, visualizing a layout?
  • Would you like to assemble equipment and work with mechanical systems?

Essential Skills Profiles

The Government of Canada Job Bank has identified Nine Literacy and Essential Skills (Reading, Writing, Document Use, Numeracy, Computer Use, Thinking, Oral Communication, Working with Others, and Continuous Learning).

Below you will find links to the Essential Skills Profiles for this occupation and/or related ones.


Below you will find the annual salaries for apprentices and journeypersons for an Industrial Mechanic (Millwright).

Minimum for Apprentices

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba

$33, 280

Average for Journey Persons

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba

$$49,424- $67,200

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Every year, the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) Construction Sector releases Minimum Wage Schedules for Manitoba. Below are the minimum wage rates for this career.

Minimum Wage RateJanuary 1, 2017



Note: To receive the most up-to-date information about satisfying apprenticeship level requirements, contact Apprentice Manitoba or visit

Industrial Mechanic/Millwright

Program Length (Minimum Years)

4 years

Level Requirements

Required Hours for each level (L)

L1: 1, 600 hours L2: 1, 600 hours

L3: 1, 600 hours L4: 1, 600 hours

Technical Training/Year (weeks in class)

Y1: 8 weeks Y2: 8 weeks Y3: 8 weeks Y4: 8 weeks

Additional Licensing


Trades Qualification Requirements (minimum experience required)

Minimum years of experience required

(within last 10 years)

6 years

Minimum hours experience required

9, 600 hours

Practical Exam required


Compulsory Apprenticeship/Certificate of Qualifications required to work


Red Seal Trade available


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