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Millwright: Apprenticeship

  • Training Level
  • Tuition Estimate
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    Average Cost Range: $45 to $200; Contact: 604.456.8100 for details
  • Credential Granted
    • Apprenticeship
    • Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)- Certificate of Qualification with Interprovincial Red Seal endorsement; Certificate of Apprenticeship
  • Coordinator Contact
    BCIT Apprentice Services: 604-456-8100 or 1-800-667-0676 (Canada & US only). Email

Application Deadline Advice

Please refer to the Apprentice Admissions information on the BCIT website. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

This program is not available to international students.  View available programs.

Red Seal

This is a Red Seal trade. Learn more about trade mobility within Canada at Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program

Training Schedule

Training schedule details provided by the BC Trades Training Consortium (TTC).

View upcoming training dates on TTC.

Level: 01
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Level: 02
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Level: 03
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Level: 04
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Related Foundation Programs

Not ready for an apprenticeship program? This Foundation (Pre-apprenticeship) program may be of interest:

Apprenticeship Training

This program satisfies the training standard set by the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA) for:

Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)

For updated details regarding Industrial Mechanic (Millwright), please review the ITA Accredited program profiles.

ITA Registration

Individuals who wish to begin an apprenticeship in this program must register with the ITA along with their sponsors. Application forms for all programs are available from the ITA website. Online registration is also available for most programs though the ITA website.


Industrial Mechanics (Millwrights) dismantle, move, lay out, set-up, commission, overhaul, install, maintain, and repair machinery and heavy mechanical equipment.  This work includes power transmissions, conveyors, hoists, pumps, compressors, alignment, fluid power, and vibration analysis,

The program combines technical training and work-based training. It generally takes four years to complete.

The technical training is made up of four levels totaling 28 weeks (840 hours). Each level is seven weeks (210 hours). This block of training is normally delivered through an ITA approved training institution. Sometimes it may also be met through approved training models (distance education, online, part-time) and/or a level challenge exam.

The work-based training totals 6,360 hours. Based on a 30-hour work week this involves 212 weeks of training.

For details about the Pan-Canadian Harmonization Initiative and changes to the program structure, visit the ITA website OPSN 2017 007 .

Training Content
  • Perform Safety Related Functions
  • Use Tools and Equipment
  • Perform Routine Trade Activities
  • Use Communication and Mentoring Techniques
  • Perform: 
  • --Measuring and Layout of Work Piece
  • --Cutting and Welding Operations
  • --Rigging, Hoisting/Lifting and Moving
  • Service:
  • --Shafts, Bearings and Seals
  • --Couplings, Clutches and Brakes
  • --Chain and Belt Drive Systems
  • --Gear Systems
  • Perform Shaft Alignment Procedures
  • Service:
  • --Fans and Blowers
  • --Pumps
  • --Compressors
  • --Piping, Tanks and Containers
  • --Hydraulic Systems
  • --Pneumatic and Vacuum Systems
  • --Conveying Systems
  • --Prime Movers
  • Perform:
  • --Preventative and Predictive Maintenance
  • --Commissioning and Decommissioning of Equipment
  • Service Robotics and Automated Equipment


(Please refer to the BC Curriculum Comparison Chart for course equivalents)

Grade 10 or equivalent, including:
  • English 10
  • Math 10
  • Science 10


  • Grade 12 or equivalent
Advisor Tips
The Red Seal endorsement allows qualified tradespeople to practice their trade anywhere in the country.  To receive this endorsement you must pass a Red Seal exam. Depending on your trade there is anywhere from 100 to 150 multiple choice questions on the exam. The passing grade is 70%.

There are currently 56 designated Red Seal trades in Canada.
Cross-Program Credits

Individuals who hold the credentials listed below are entitled to receive partial credit toward the completion requirements of this program.

Credits Granted

Planermill Maintenance Technician 1 - Certificate of Qualification

  • Technical Training: Level 1
  • Work-Based Training: None
Related Occupations

Apprenticeship training in this program can lead to a career in:

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