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Millwrights (or Industrial Mechanics) install and maintain industrial machinery and mechanical equipment including hydraulic, fuel, lubrication, cooling, and exhaust systems.

You have a keen eye for detail and like precision work.

You have an interest in operating machinery.

You are comfortable working at heights and confined spaces as well as in all types of weather.


  • Detect and troubleshoot mechanical problems.
  • Repair or replace defective machinery parts.
  • Assemble and install machinery and equipment using tools.
  • Install machinery foundations.
  • Fabricate parts required during overhaul, maintenance or set-up.
  • Perform routine maintenance.
  • Work with other trades to diagnose programmable logic controllers (PLCs) problems.
  • Operate, maintain and repair hoisting and lifting equipment.

Key Skills & Attributes

  • Reading and math.
  • Communication.
  • Planning and problem-solving.
  • Comfortable working at heights and confined spaces as well as in all types of weather.
  • Good coordination, manual dexterity and spatial visualization.

Entering the Trade

  • Is there a training pathway for this trade?: Yes
  • Number of Levels: 4
  • Total Required Apprenticeship Hours: 7,200
  • Total Hours Required to Challenge Exam as a Trade Qualifier: 10,800

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Hourly Pay

$52.07/hr (includes vacation pay)

*Based on 2023 collective agreement Journeyperson hourly rate

Projected Construction Worker Retirements

~6,500 by 2032*

*BuildForce Canada 10-Year Workforce Outlook for NB

Did You Know?

Nearly every industry requires millwrights, including manufacturing, hydroelectric, automotive, transportation, refinery, food processing and pharmaceutical, as examples.