Apprentice Industrial Mechanic

Also available as:
  • Full Time
LENGTH: 6 months or less
CAMPUS: Quesnel
FEES: Starting at $961.85
START DATE: Fall 2023 - Spring 2024
  • In Class
Upcoming Program Offerings

Apprentices must have their employer register them with Industry Training Authority (ITA) and fill out the apprenticeship application online. They are placed on the appropriate “waitlist”; 2-3 months prior to the course they will be contacted by CNC if a seat is available.  They then have 48 hours to accept their seat.  All apprenticeship training requires in-person shop sessions. All shop sessions will be provided with physical distancing and all necessary safety measures.

  • Overview
  • Courses
  • Location & Dates
  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees


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)
  • Machinist

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
  • Welding
  • 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

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 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.

Governing bodies

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.

Fall 2023 Quesnel In Class Level 3 (Harmonized) Sept 5 - Oct 20, 2023
Fall 2023 Quesnel In Class Level 4 (Harmonized) Oct 30 - Dec 15, 2023
Spring 2024 Quesnel In Class Level 1 (Harmonized) Jan 3 - Feb 16, 2024
Spring 2024 Quesnel In Class Level 2 (Harmonized) Feb 26 - Apr 12, 2024
Spring 2024 Quesnel In Class 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.

Limited admission

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.

Paying for college

We're here to help. You can apply for scholarships and bursaries through CNC. We can also help you find loans and other funding. Visit Financial aid to find out how. 

Work BC offers financial support to apprenticeship students.

Service Canada offers a variety of financial supports for apprentices and their employers including tax credits, grants, and EI while attending technical training.

Apprentices may qualify for interest free loans of up to $4,000 per level of technical training through the Canada Apprentice Loanprogram.

Salaries and employment

Looking for a job? Check the student employment opportunities or trades training job board.