Construction Millwright

TQAA, Voluntary Certified Trade


  • Read blueprints, diagrams and schematic drawings to determine work procedures
  • Install, align, dismantle and move stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment such as pumps, fans, tanks, conveyors, furnaces and generators according to layout plans using hand and power tools
  • Operate hoisting and lifting devices such as cranes, jacks and tractors to position machinery and parts during the installation, set-up and repair of machinery
  • Inspect and examine machinery and equipment to detect and investigate irregularities and malfunctions
  • Install, troubleshoot and maintain power transmission, vacuum, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, and programmable logic controls
  • Adjust machinery and repair or replace defective parts
  • Operate machine tools such as lathes and grinders to fabricate parts required during overhaul, maintenance or set-up of machinery
  • Construct foundations for machinery or direct other workers to construct foundations
  • Assemble machinery and equipment prior to installation using hand and power tools and welding equipment

Personal Qualities

  • You usually, but not necessarily, work indoors with noise, vibrations and other hazards that are common to the job
  • You enjoy working to close and exacting tolerances
  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time
  • You like to keep up with changing technology
  • You like to travel to various job locations

Career Opportunities

  • Millwrighting contractors are the main source of employment in the trade and have contracts in all industries (e.g. nuclear, automotive, and steel)
  • Construction millwrights are employed by construction millwrighting contractors
  • Some construction millwrights begin their career in construction and eventually move to the industrial side of the trade

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 10 however; many employers may require Grade 12
  • Completion of a 4 year apprenticeship program at 2,000 hours per year
  • If you have completed 8,000 hours of on the job experience/training but have not completed the Apprenticeship Program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification
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