Millwrights are often described as jack of all trades as they are expected to install, maintain and repair all types of machinery in almost any industry. Millwrights install, repair, overhaul and maintain all types of machinery and heavy mechanical equipment. They work from plans and blueprints and install equipment and align parts or components. Millwrights 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.
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.
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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.
Bryan Messer, Millwright CQ
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