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A millwright, or industrial mechanic, is a tradesperson who installs, maintains and repairs stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment. They interpret drawings, follow layouts and assemble parts until they are in perfect working order. Millwrights and industrial mechanics work in a variety of industries, and can pursue complementary training and develop extra skills in steel fabrication, welding, machining, electronics, hydraulics or pneumatics.
Construction millwrights are mostly engaged in the initial installation of industrial plant machinery and equipment. Industrial mechanics are more concerned with the post-installation maintenance and repair of machinery and equipment.
Industrial mechanics and millwrights may be cross-trained in a second trade such as pipefitting, welding, machining or electrical maintenance. A day in the life of a millwright might involve installing a giant turbine for an industrial mechanic to maintain and keep humming.
You should finish high school before pursuing a career as a millwright or industrial mechanic. Then you will need to complete a three- to five-year apprenticeship program or a combination of work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry courses over five years.
Certification is required by all provinces. An interprovincial Red Seal endorsement is also available to allow your skills to be officially recognized across Canada.
Apprentices can receive up to $4,000 in grants to pay tuition, travel, tools, or other expenses.
If you are considering an apprenticeship, visit the Red Seal program for information on how to get started.
Control Systems Specialist
Control systems specialists maintain the hardware and software systems in a facility. You will find solutions and look for ways to improve processes. You will also work with electrical and electronics engineers to design, plan, research, evaluate and test electrical and electronic equipment and systems. Other duties include preparing material cost and timing estimates, reports, and design specifications for electrical and electronic systems and equipment.
Control systems specialists are responsible for recommending methods to improve safety, quality, throughput and uptime. They make sure the systems and equipment associated with this work are maintained and backed up, and they provide support for electrical personnel on shift.
Control systems specialists do their jobs in a variety of workspaces. You may spend most of your time in a control room, or your role could involve more time maintaining computer and electrical systems on a mill floor.