Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) / Machinist

As an industrial mechanic (millwright) you’ll install, repair, overhaul and maintain machinery and heavy mechanical equipment such as conveyor systems, and perform routine maintenance like adjusting valves and investigating breakdowns. You’ll find work in diverse settings ranging from mines and logging operations to ski hills and manufacturing facilities.

Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)/Machinist Foundation Program

If you have little or no experience in the millwright or machinist field, our Foundation program will provide you with the necessary skills to work as an apprentice in the trade.

What you'll learn

  1. ITA approved curriculum with an emphasis on safe work practices. Including math skills for industry and precision measuring.
  2. Power transmission (gears, belts and chains), system installation and maintenance.
  3. Bearing science, installation and maintenance procedures.
  4. Fluid power basics.
  5. Rigging and hoisting methods.
  6. Basic welding techniques.
  7. Pumps and compressor principles.
  8. Machinery dismantling, repair and assembly.
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valves and gauges

What makes TRU’s program unique:

  1. You’ll hone your skills with our advanced training equipment.
  2. Learn from exceptional instructors with over 40 years of experience.
  3. Our graduates have a 92% pass rate on the Interprovincial Red Seal Exam.

What you’ll graduate with:

  • (Industrial Mechanic) Millwright Foundation Certificate of Completion
  • The in-school technical training required for apprenticeship level 1 Millwright and level 1 Machinist
  • 425 work-based training hours towards apprenticeship

Program requirements:

  • Must be in good health
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Completion of Grade 10 with Grade 10 Math and English mandatory, completion of Grade 12 with Grade 11 Math, Physics and English recommended
  • Acceptable score on Entry Assessment Test


  • 64% of graduates from this program are employed in labour force
  • 82% of graduates from this program satisfied with training
  • 91% quality of instruction rated by program graduates


Carl Burton
Carl Burton

Carl is a millwright instructor with over 20 years teaching experience in his field. He is dual ticketed with a Red Seal in both the millwright and machinist trades, and also holds a Mechanical Engineering Technician Diploma. Before he became a trades instructor, he worked in various fields such as steel manufacturing, the textile industry, food processing, pulp mill machinery manufacturing and the sawmill industry. Since becoming an instructor, he has been to Ottawa to participate in a Red Seal exam workshop and has worked with the ITA on numerous standard level exam developments.

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Kamloops campus

Next program intake

February 1 , 2021 - July 2, 2021

January 31, 2022 - July 1, 2022

Program length

24 weeks


Apprenticeship Millwright Program

Apprenticeship provides Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) certification through work-based training and in-school technical training. TRU offers the in-school technical training components for apprenticeship levels 1 to 4, with each level of technical training being seven weeks in length and containing theory and practical competencies. Once you’ve completed the technical training for levels 1 through 4 and the required work-based training hours you will receive an Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) Certificate of Apprenticeship, and be eligible to write the interprovincial Red Seal exam for your Certificate of Qualification.

Level 1

Learn safety, trade mathematics, blueprint reading, measurement and layout, hand and power tools, fasteners and threads, lubrication, saws and grinders, drill press, lathe and milling machines, access equipment, machine leveling and installation, cutting and welding operations and rigging.

Level 2

Learn trade science, blue print reading, metallurgy, lubrication systems, shafts, bearings and seals, couplings, clutches and brakes, belt, chain and gear drives, shaft alignment, cutting and welding operations.

Level 3

Learn shaft alignment procedures, fans and blowers, positive and centrifugal pumps, compressors, pneumatic and vacuum systems, piping and tanks, hydraulic components, circuits and diagnostics.

Level 4

Learn work planning, engines, turbines, electric motors, conveyor systems, electricity, preventative maintenance, vibration analysis, commissioning of equipment and robotic systems.

Program cost:

The in-school technical training costs are based on the number of weeks you need, with each apprenticeship level requiring seven weeks.

  • 7 weeks: $853.90
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Additional equipment/supplies provided by student:

CSA approved safety toe work boots or shoes, CSA approved safety glasses, work gloves, coveralls or other work apparel, scientific calculator.

Program requirements:

  • Sponsored by an employer registered by the Industry Training Authority (ITA)
  • Must be in good physical health

Apprenticeship training dates

All apprenticeships have a waitlist. Adding your name is free and you will be contacted when your name comes up.

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MLWT - Level 1 (Harmonized) Feb 22, 2021 Apr 09, 2021 Kamloops
MLWT - Level 2 (Harmonized) Apr 12, 2021 May 28, 2021 Kamloops
MLWT - Level 3 (Harmonized) Nov 02, 2020 Dec 18, 2020 Kamloops
MLWT - Level 4 (Harmonized) Jan 04, 2021 Feb 19, 2021 Kamloops


Costs for Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) programs

Fees are subject to change.

Costs include items such as student/ancillary fees, books, personal tools and safety gear, which are kept by students when they graduate from the program.

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