Millwright, Pre-Employment Certificate
Millwrights install, maintain, repair and troubleshoot stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment in factories, production plants and recreational facilities. On a typical job, millwrights:
- read diagrams and schematic drawings and service manuals to determine work procedures
- operate rigging equipment and dollies to place heavy machinery and parts
- fit bearings, align gears and shafts, attach motors, and connect couplings and belts (often to within a fraction of a millimeter tolerance)
- align and test equipment, and make any necessary adjustments
- perform predictive and operational maintenance using procedures such as vibration analysis, and repair or replace defective parts when necessary
- service and repair hydraulic, pneumatic and programmable logic controls
- may do some tack welding and fabrication as well as maintain an inventory of replacement parts
Our Pre-employment Millwright program is designed to provide you with entry-level skills to help you land that first job. It also provides pre-apprenticeship opportunities for those who may be interested in pursuing apprenticeship.
Students will be introduced to the apprenticeship system as well as the millwright industry. You’ll study trades math as it applies to this occupation. Translating printed material into different views--isometric, orthographic and sectional--is also studied. Best of all, you’ll gain practical experience in using lathes, milling machines, drill press, grinders and more. Safety regulations are emphasized.
Although a High School Diploma is not required as a prerequisite for entrance into the program, students should be aware that some employers may require a High School Diploma as a prerequisite for employment.
Students must have Grade 11 English, Math, and Science or their equivalent. Courses in applied mathematics and physics are particularly important. Students who do not meet these requirements may write the AIT apprentice entrance exam. Please contact the Department for further information.
MW101 Millwright and Machinist Theory (7)
MW102 Millwright and Machinist Shop (4)
MW103 Millwright and Machinist Trades Math (3)
MW104 Millwright and Machinist Applied Print Reading (2)
MW105 Millwright and Machinist Alignment Rigging and Fasteners (2)
Students must complete all required courses with a grade point average of no less than 2.00 and no failing (F) grades.
Students who have successfully completed the program and also completed an acceptable Alberta Apprenticeship Prior Learning Assessment Application may have the opportunity to challenge the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) first-year millwright exam.
To register for technical apprenticeship training you must be indentured as an apprentice and eligible for training. Typically, students would be employed full-time with a company and have signed a contract of apprenticeship with them and have that contract registered by AIT.
Apprenticeship information can be accessed by visiting the AIT website at www.tradesecrets.gov.ab.ca.