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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 recommended
  • English 10 or Equivalent AND
  • Apprenticeship Workplace Math 10 or Higher 
  • Successful completion of a CAT Assessment Test OR
  • 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 on the Web site 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.


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Dates and Locations 
Level Location Start End
**Foundation Kitimat  February 06, 2017 June 30, 2017



**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 attached list of the list of Ministry of Justice CRC Offences reviewed:


Program Fees 


Full Time (20 Weeks)

International (20 Weeks)
Tuition: $1371.40 $4114.40
*Student Association Fee: $62.76 $62.76
*Canadian Federation of Students Fee: $17.64 $17.64
Technology Fee: $71.60 $71.60
Registration Fee: $38.40 $38.40
Infrastructure Fee: $11.00 $11.00
Material Fee: $257.60 $257.60
Graduation Fee:  $13.80 $13.80
Total: $1844.20 $4617.20

Most trades programs require students pay a $250 refundable tool deposit.

Fees are effective as of August 2, 2016. 

*These fees are term based and may vary due to the length of the program.

**Please note that these are approximate costs and may vary depending on courses taken. 

Tool List 
Price: $1116.22 (includes tax)

Book List 

NOTICE: Tool Kits are available at the NWCC Tool Crib. Kits are limited to NWCC Students enrolled in specific Trades Programs only. Limited number of kits available. Please pay for your tool kit at registration 

NOTICE: Books are available at the NWCC Bookstore. Please check your local Campus for details.

Other Fees

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

  1. C.S.A. approved safety footwear (W.C.B. regulations).
  2. Purchase of necessary learning resources (available at College Bookstore).
  3. Acquiring the necessary personal hand tools and toolbox. (can be rented from NWCC for $250.00)
  4. Appropriate clothing
  5. Learners are also required to provide...Pencils, pens, eraser, ruler, three or four ring binders, paper (lined & unlined), scientific calculator, geometry set, gloves and 3 1/2" computer disks/USB Thumbdrive.