Do you have an interest in understanding how industrial machinery works? Become an Industrial Mechanic with this apprentice program. The Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)/Machinist program prepares you for two different trades:
- Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)
As a millwright or a machinist, you will maintain, install, and repair stationary industrial equipment in factories, mills, mines, production plants, and recreational facilities. You will be skilled in utilizing lathes, milling machines, grinders, and other equipment to machine parts to accurate dimensions. The Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) apprenticeship program will train you to become a skilled industrial mechanic, leading towards Red Seal certification after successful program and work based training hours completion. CNC offers all four levels of technical training:
Level 1 (7 weeks) *
Level 2 (7 weeks)
Level 3 (7 weeks)
Level 4 (7 weeks) + Red Seal Exam
*You may also receive credit for Level 1 by successfully completing the Industrial Mechanic/Machinist Foundation Program
Technical training must be completed in sequence. It is recommended to complete a full year of work based training hours between levels to best prepare for the next level of technical training.
Millwrights and machinists play an essential role in many industries. They are responsible for keeping stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment in good repair. Industries in which industrial mechanics and machinists are critical include:
- Manufacturing & Packaging (everything from vehicles to plastics to food)
- Natural Resources (oil & gas, mines, pulp, plywood, sawmills, etc.)
- Recreation (ski hills, amusement parks)
- Transportation (airports, terminals)
Millwrights and machinists might work indoors in a shop or plant, outdoors where equipment is being used, or a combination of both.
What you will learn
In this hands-on program you will have many opportunities to learn practical skills. Topics covered include:
- Safe work practices
- Lubrication systems and components
- Anchoring, leveling and grouting
- Coupling and shaft alignment
- Mechanical drawings and specifications
- Layout and fabrication
- Rigging, hoisting and lifting
- Hydraulic systems
- Pump maintenance and operation
Training dates & how to apply
For up to date technical training dates at CNC visit tradestrainingbc.ca.
To apply for any level of technical training at CNC visit: Apply Trades.
To apply for your first level of technical training at CNC Quesnel call: 250-991-7500 or 1-866-680-7550.
About apprenticeship programs
Apprenticeship programs provide a unique approach to post-secondary education, combining classroom based learning (known as technical training) with on the job training. This enables you to “earn while you learn,” significantly reducing the need for student debt and building your career NOW instead of waiting until you’ve completed your education.
In addition to earning wages while learning on the job, many apprentices have their technical training paid for by their company, and/or qualify for Employment Insurance while in school. Additionally there are a number of grants and tax credits available to both apprentices and employers. Visit itabc.ca to learn more.
Red Seal industrial mechanics are certified to work across Canada, and may also have their credentials recognized internationally. Certified skilled tradespeople are in demand worldwide, leading to opportunities for international work experience or volunteer opportunities. Many tradespeople also are entrepreneurs, building businesses that may eventually employ others and give back to the local community.
A Red Seal trade can also be a stepping stone to further education, management positions, building your own business, or even returning to college as an educator teaching the next generation of tradespeople.
Apprentice Industrial Mechanic Courses
Anything that requires a machine to produce or handle a product needs an Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) to install and repair. There are many opportunities for Millwrights in the resource industry and in manufacturing, from Hydro Electric Dams to the Aerospace industry. They often work as part of a diverse team of other trades people, such as machinists, instrument mechanics, welders, electricians and pipefitters. In the Industrial Mechanic apprenticeship program, you'll learn the skills to maintain, install, and repair stationary industrial equipment such as pumps, tanks, conveyors, furnaces and generators. You'll be able to detect malfunctions, adjust machinery, repair defective parts, fabricate parts as needed, and use programmable logic controls.
Locations & Dates
CNC programs have varying lengths and start dates to meet your needs, and are offered across multiple campuses where possible. Don’t see the campus you’re looking for? Check back with us soon as this page is updated throughout the school year.
Visit Trades Training BC for the most up to date apprenticeship schedules.
||Level 3 (Harmonized) Sept 5 - Oct 20, 2023
||Level 4 (Harmonized) Oct 30 - Dec 15, 2023
||Level 1 (Harmonized) Jan 3 - Feb 16, 2024
||Level 2 (Harmonized) Feb 26 - Apr 12, 2024
||Level 3 (Harmonized) Apr 22 - Jun 7, 2024
The fine print
Once your employer has submitted an Apprentice and Sponsor Registration Form to ITA on your behalf you can apply to attend technical training at CNC. Many of our apprenticeship programs have waitlists so we encourage you to apply early.
ITA doesn’t require Industrial Mechanic apprentices to have completed a required number of work-based-training hours to attend technical training. However, because apprenticeship programs are a unique blend of in-class and on-the-job training we encourage you to work with your employer to decide on a training schedule that best combines these two forms of training.
If you do not meet the entry requirements for apprenticeship technical training, you may be interested in the Industrial Mechanic Foundation Program.
A program with a limited number of seats per intake and is on a “first qualified, first admitted” basis.
Invest in your future
View costs by level
Level 1 Tuition: $961.85-989.14
Level 2 Tuition: $961.85-989.14
Level 3 Tuition: $961.85-989.14
Level 4 Tuition: $961.85-989.14
These costs are an estimate and do not include books Student fees vary by campus. Check the fee schedule for more details.
Books for this program can be purchased from the bookstore.