The Millwright Foundation training prepares students for entry-level employment. Millwrights are often described as jack of all trades as they are expected to install, maintain and repair all types of machinery and heavy mechanical equipment in various industries. They work from plans and blueprints, install equipment and align parts or components.
About the program
The Millwright Training prepares students for entry-level employment as an apprentice in the millwright trade. Basic theory and related information along with hands-on shop practice will enable students to become competent in basic millwright duties. Graduates receive credit for first-year apprenticeship technical training.
Who it’s for
The Millwright Foundation program is for those who want to gain hands-on experience to confidently gain employment and continue their studies as apprentices while working in the field.
What grads can do
Millwrights work from plans and blueprints, install equipment and align parts or components. They can also maintain and repair machinery as required. They learn how to use grinders and lathes so they can make their own parts if necessary. Maintenance includes cleaning and lubricating, or adjusting valves and seals. They must inspect and examine the equipment to find and investigate problems and breakdowns, although some millwrights specialize in installation of machinery only.
BCIT also offers the Apprenticeship Technical Training in millwright.
Kylie Golden, BCIT Student, gives us a closer look at the Millwright Program.
Graduating & Jobs
The potential for entry into a millwright apprenticeship is good at this time. The expertise gained in this entry-level course is suitable for application to other trades and almost all industries. A graduate from this course should expect entry-level employment until an apprenticeship becomes available.
Anywhere that machinery exists there is usually work for a millwright. Employment for millwrights is mainly centred on the major BC industries: mining, pulp mills, wood processing and petrochemical plants, with smaller numbers being employed in the manufacturing field and the food processing industry. The construction industry also employs millwrights on short- and long-term contracts where their main function is the installation of equipment.
Faculty, Advisors & Staff
Bryan Messer, Millwright CQ
Robert Braun, Millwright CQ
Stanley Jung, Millwright CQ
Andrey Murphy, Millwright CQ
Adrian Smith, Millwright CQ
Richard Wilczek, Millwright CQ
Sanja Boskovic, PhD Mechanical Engineering, PhD Educational Technology
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