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Learn how to install, maintain, repair and troubleshoot stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment in sites such as factories, production plants and recreational facilities.

If you enjoy performing a wide variety of tasks and precision work on large machinery and equipment, then you’ll like working as an industrial mechanic. 

The average day for an industrial mechanic is to read diagrams, schematic drawings and service manuals to determine work procedures on various different types of equipment. You’ll operate rigging equipment and dollies to place heavy machinery parts as you assemble or disassemble equipment.

You’ll fit bearings, align gears and shafts, attach motors and connect couplings and belts to precise tolerances to ensure the equipment will function properly.

Throughout the process, you’ll align and test equipment, perform predictive and operational procedures and repair or replace defective parts. Hydraulic and pneumatic systems may need your repair or service.

During your apprenticeship training, you’ll learn about welding, electrical work and hydraulics – dynamic skills that will allow you to tackle a variety of jobs on site.

This is a non-compulsory trade – individuals can work in the trade without certification if the employer deems the individual to have the skills of a journeyperson. However, individuals who are working in the trade and learning the trade must become a registered apprentice.

Is this the right fit for me?

Students who have the following characteristics see greater success in the industrial mechanic (millwright) trade:

  • the ability to visualize a layout by looking at plans and prints
  • the ability to comprehend and troubleshoot mechanical systems
  • mechanical aptitude
  • good coordination and manual dexterity
  • the ability to get along with and supervise others 
  • a commitment to safe work habits


Upon successfully completing the required working hours and technical training periods, graduates will be awarded journeyperson status by Alberta’s Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

Industrial mechanic (millwright) is a Red Seal Endorsed trade – a recognizable standard that allows tradespeople to work across the World.

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