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Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) - Foundation Training


Millwright/Industrial Mechanic Foundation students learn the entry-level skills required for employment in the trade. The curriculum provides a solid foundation for career advancement and specialization in this field and is equivalent to the first level apprenticeship\technical training. Qualified industrial mechanics install, maintain and repair machinery and heavy mechanical equipment. They read diagrams and schematic drawings to determine work procedures, comprehend and troubleshoot mechanical systems, perform preventative and operational maintenance, and repair or replace parts.

Program Outline 

The full-time, 20-week program is competency based, covering all the theory and practical components necessary for the first-year apprenticeship theory.

MILLW 100-4 Introduction to Trade and Safe Work Practices
MILLW 101-2 Measurement and Layout
MILLW 102-6 Hand Tools and Shop Equipment
MILLW 103-6 Trade Math and Science
MILLW 104-2 Fasteners and Fittings
MILLW 105-1 Metallurgy
MILLW 106-8 Cut, Weld, Braze and Solder Metals
MILLW 107-1 Lubrication
MILLW 108-6 Support Machines
MILLW 199-0 Final Exam Theory
Career Opportunities 

A career as a Millwright/Industrial Mechanic is a promising one. There is an expected significant increase in employment over the next 10 years due to industry growth and the retirement of older workers. Program graduates can find employment as apprentices and helpers in pulp, paper or lumber mills, mines, industrial processing plants, or in complex service departments of industrial repair shops of any kind.

Admission Requirements 
  • Grade 12 OR Mature Student 
  • English 10 or Equivalent AND
  • Apprenticeship Workplace Math 10 or Higher


  • Successful completion of a CAT Assessment Test


  • Permission of Instructor

Unless otherwise noted, Permission of Instructor may be used to accept a student into a course(s) when the student does not meet course prerequisites and/or does not attain the required threshold on entry assessments. See the Admission and Registration section for details on this policy.

Learners should be aware that many employers require Grade 12 completion.

Trades learners are encouraged to enhance their employability by enrolling in Occupational First Aid (OFA) Level 1. OFA courses are scheduled throughout the year at NWCC.

Complete a NWCC Bursary Application [PDF]

Dates and Locations 
Level Location  Start End
**Foundation Kitimat  February 06, 2017 June 30, 2018
**Foundation  Houston  August 21, 2017 February 2, 2018

**This program is being delivered at a public school where a BC Ministry of Justice Criminal Record Check is required by the local school district; you will be studying in an area with children and vulnerable adults present. The cost of this check will be covered by the college. If you require more information you can contact an Admissions Officer 1-877-277-2288 x 5203.

See the list of Ministry of Justice CRC Offences reviewed.

Program Fees 


Full-time Domestic (20 Weeks)

Full-time International (20 Weeks)
Tuition: $1,398.80 $5,944.90
Student Union Fees: $81.72 $81.72
Mandatory Fees: $402.40 $452.40
Health Insurance :  N/A $230.00
Total: $1,882.92 $6,709.02
Additional Costs:     
**Total Program Costs:  $2,999.14 $7,825.24

Fees are effective as of August 2, 2017
**Please note that these are approximate costs and may vary depending on courses taken. 

Books & Supplies

Books are available at the NWCC Bookstore. Please check your local campus for details.​

Tool Kits are available for purchase through the NWCC Tool Crib. Kits are limited and reserved for students enrolled in specific Trades programs only. Tool kits do not include the required PPE and Supplies on the TOOLS/SUPPLIES LIST. Prices are subject to change without notice. Please pay for tool kits at the WTCS Office. 

In addition to the fees outlined in the Program Fees section, the following additional costs apply:

  • Purchase of necessary learning resources (available at the NWCC Bookstore)
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Classroom Supplies
  • Appropriate clothing
  • Tools