We need Millwrights to install, modify and repair machinery and equipment at all stages of production. Critical to mining operations, Millwrights are good with tools, enjoy taking machines apart and work well both independently and as part of a team.

What is it Like to Work as a Millwright in Mining?

Note: these vary according to employer and region.

Millwrights work in confined spaces, at heights and near open holes. They work with a variety of tools and large equipment to perform precise alignments as well as regular machinery maintenance.

Why are People Attracted to this Career?

Millwrights enjoy the hands-on challenge of performing precision work and keeping production systems in good conditions. They solve a range of technical problems in diverse mining environments, and are well compensated for their efforts.

Job Description

  • Install, maintain, modify and repair machinery and stationary equipment (e.g. conveyors, hydraulic systems, pneumatic devices, pumps, engines, motors, production machines, etc.)
  • Troubleshoot production problems and take preventive or corrective action as required
  • Perform operational equipment checks
  • Read blueprints, manuals and process specifications to visualize layouts and guide work
  • Collect, analyze, and summarize information and trends to prepare mechanical maintenance reports
  • Operate heavy-lifting equipment
  • Maintain a clean, orderly and safe work environment
  • Follow health and safety policies to ensure safety and environmental protection
  • Collaborate with planning departments and shop personnel to ensure maintenance requirements are met
  • Document and communicate actions, irregularities and ongoing maintenance requirements (e.g. routine oil change)


$29.00 an hour

$49.74 an hour

Commission work pays between $70 and $100 an hour.
Apprentices are paid a percentage of the full wage beginning at 75% and increasing with experience.

Job Prospect

Demand in Mining

Limited Great

Skill Transferability Among Other Industries

Low High

Success Profile

  • Committed to safe work habits
  • Excellent manual dexterity
  • Respect and understand safety procedures, regulations and legislation
  • Independent
  • Results-oriented
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and troubleshooting skills
  • Team player
  • Values safety, health and a positive working environment
  • Willing to perform repetitive or routine tasks

Job Entry Requirements

Note: The requirements listed below illustrate what it takes to start the career and does not take into account on-the-job training given to new employees.

Fixed Requirements

  • Journeyperson Trade Certificate as Industrial Mechanic/Millwright (check the requirements for your province or territory)
  • Physically fit and mobile
  • Knowledge of mining operations and mining equipment
  • Must be able to pass a medical test
  • Must be able to pass a drug test
  • Willingness to work in a diverse environment
  • Proficiency in language of operation

May be Required

  • Red Seal certification as Industrial Mechanic/Millwright
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Valid driver’s licence (or eligible for a driver’s licence) with few or no current infractions


  • Willingness to relocate
  • Other languages
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