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Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)

As an Industrial Mechanic (Millwright), you're a true jack of all trades!

Industrial mechanics, also referred to as millwrights, are equal parts electrician, machinist, mechanic, and plumber. Industrial mechanics work in all kinds of places - from ski hills to mines and everywhere in between.

To work as an industrial mechanic, you should:

  • Have good hand-eye coordination, the ability to draw things accurately, and be detail oriented
  • Have an interest in, "the way things work" and the ability to dismantle and reassemble objects
  • Have an awareness of your surrounding environment and workspace
  • Be able to work independently as well as within a team

Duties may require you to install, repair, overhaul, and maintain a variety of machines in addition to heavy mechanical equipment such as conveyor systems. You may also be required to perform routine maintenance such as cleaning and lubricating equipment, adjusting valves and seals, and troubleshoot breakdowns.

Why choose a career as an industrial mechanic?

  • Nearly every industry requires millwrights, including energy, automotive, refinery, manufacturing, transportation, food processing, pharmaceutical, nuclear, and postal service.
  • There is often room for advancement. With time and experience you could apply to be a Maintenance Director or Construction Project Manager, for example.
  • Industrial mechanics typically earn a good salary. According to WorkBC, hourly wages for Industrial Mechanics range from $18.50 - $39.74 per hour. Many organizations also offer a comprehensive benefits package.

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