Mechanical Technician – Industrial Millwright

Post-Secondary Programs
Credential Earned: Ontario College Diploma (2 Year)
Campus: Timmins
Program Length: 4 Semesters

Program Codes
T122 (PC) – Timmins Campus

Offered as a two-year diploma or as a one-year top-up to our Mechanical Techniques – Industrial Millwright certificate and Northern’s Mechanical Technician – Industrial Millwright diploma will set you up for a career as an in-demand mechanic on the front lines of industry.

From mining, aerospace and auto assembly, to breweries, food processing, power stations, and more, you’ll be able to diagnose, repair, maintain and install a full spectrum of industrial machinery and components.

You’ll reinforce fundamental skills through hands-on training. You’ll tackle pneumatic, hydraulic, lubrication, cooling, exhaust and fuel systems with confidence. You’ll develop a level of craftsmanship that’s guaranteed to set you apart from the competition, which is where you will want to be.

Contact Information

For questions about being admitted into the program, please contact Northern College Admissions at admissions@northern.on.ca or by phone at 705-235-3211 ext. 7222.

For questions about the content of the program, contact the Program Coordinator.

Paul Gasparetto
Program Coordinator
Tel: 705-235-3211 ext. 2181
Email: gasparettop@northern.on.ca

Student Success & The Northern Experience

This program will teach you how to carry out maintenance mechanic functions within an industrial setting, applying your knowledge of diagnosis, repair, maintenance and installation of industrial equipment to support the industrial environment.

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Course Information

Course descriptions can be found below.

Please note, course information is based on our current offering and is subject to change. Current students can find more information on courses in their student account.

If you have questions or require program information for previous academic years, please contact the Program Coordinator.

More information can be found in the Program Outline [PDF, 189 KB]. Program Outlines can also be found in the archives.

Program Outline [PDF, 189 KB]

2024-2025 Academic Year

Semester 1

To develop the apprentice’s basic knowledge of electrical and electronic theory, we start with basic safety procedures demonstrating good habits while working around electrical equipment. We cover ohm’s law; basic series and parallel circuits calculation and design and the use of various measuring electrical instruments as it applies in the field of Industrial Mechanic – Millwright trade. Labs will be assigned to reinforce the theory taught during the semester.

28 Hours

A required course in the first semester of the Mechanical Techniques – Industrial Millwright, Motive Power Technician – Automotive Service, and Heavy Equipment Techniques programs at Northern College, Communication Fundamentals will provide students with an opportunity to reinforce their use of Standard English, develop their abilities to communicate effectively in the workplace and improve their capabilities with computer technology, particularly in using Word, Excel and Alldatapro to produce accurate and professional documents. As well, students will be required to use information technology like Blackboard and their own computing devices to research information online to learn about their trade pathway, find technical information using an industry system like Alldatapro, and to complete course assignments.

28 Hours

This course introduces the student to health and safety in their home, in society and within an occupational setting. Students learn about the social and personal benefits of safe work practices and the methods to best prevent accidents or injuries. Students will review the role, right and responsibilities of an individual in today’s health and safety conscious world. Students also learn how to read and interpret the Occupational Act and Regulations.

42 Hours

Improving your knowledge and understanding of the history of the Indigenous peoples of what we now call Canada is an important step to enable Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, organizations, and communities to work together more respectfully. Throughout this course you will have the opportunity to learn, discuss and reflect about many topics that are relevant in the learning journey towards reconciliation.

42 Hours

Students will learn the basic mathematics and measuring instruments needed in the repair trade for mechanics and will relate the basic math for measuring and problem solving in repair and maintenance.

28 Hours

This course will develop the knowledge of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, alloys and non-metallic materials, thread systems for specific applications; select and install nuts, bolts, screws, dowels required to specifications, heat treat and stress relieve material if required.

28 Hours

The course will enable the student to interpret commonly used technical drawings, and familiarise them with information typically found in manufacturing manuals. It will enable them to determine specifications, and identify drawing symbols, as well as draw and sketch using orthographic, isometric and sectional views. There will be an introduction to schematic symbols and logic and flow diagrams to prepare them for later courses in electrical and fluid power.

56 Hours

This course will enable the student to protect self and others; comply with safety legislation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS); wear and maintain safety clothing and equipment; report all hazards; apply confined space safety procedures; apply machinery and equipment lock-out procedures; use correct body mechanics when lifting loads; communicate with fellow workers; report all accidents and respond to emergency situations. In addition, the student will be able to plan lifts; perform calculations using load charts; estimate load weights; select and use correct rigging/hoisting equipment; inspect and maintain rigging/hoisting equipment; use hand signals; control, balance and direct loads; disassemble all equipment safely.

42 Hours

This course is designed to assist beginning students with the basic principles of welding.  The emphasis is placed on practical applications and to assist the student in developing more advanced skills. The course content will be shared between shop and classroom time at the discretion of the professor.

28 Hours

Semester 2

This course is required in the second semester of the Motive Power Technician – Automotive Service, Heavy Equipment Techniques, Motive Power Technician – Heavy Equipment and Mechanical Technician and Techniques – Industrial Millwright and Mechanical Technician – Welding Fitter trades programs at Northern College.  The purpose of this course is to give students an opportunity to develop and enhance basic communication skills as required in the workplace. Students will also be required to use a computer to complete assignments and other course work, work independently and collaboratively, follow instructions and complete assigned tasks on time.

28 Hours

Students will be able to explain the fundamentals, rules and laws that govern fluid power systems. Students will perform mathematical calculations to find pressure, force, and area. Students will learn the symbols of components and be able to identify and explain the principles and purpose of the components found in a hydraulic circuit.

42 Hours

The mathematics course for Mechanical Techniques – Industrial Millwright, Motive Power Technician – Automotive Service and the Heavy Equipment Techniques consists of trade related mathematical problems and their solutions.

28 Hours

This course will enable the student to identify and apply bearing materials, fits and tolerances, fit and maintain plain, journal, sleeve, radial and axial bearings, install and maintain bearing housings, fit and maintain anti-friction axial, radial, ball, roller, needle, taper and spherical bearings, inspect and lubricate bearings, fit and maintain gasket, labyrinth, and mechanical seals, fit and maintain “0” ring and lip seals, select, install and remove packing, ensure that maintenance and installation procedures are to be prescribed standards.

70 Hours

This course will enable the student to install and maintain power transmission systems, perform trade calculations on horsepower, torque, speed ratios, install and align belts, V- belts, and pulleys, chain drives and sprockets. They will install, align and perform maintenance functions on shafts, speed reducers, gears, brakes, clutches and drives. They will demonstrate the correct use of keys, splines and bushings, to ensure installation and maintenance to specifications.

70 Hours

This course will develop the theories and practices taught during MM1002 while furthering their knowledge on conventional machine tools such as engine lathes, drilling machines, saws, pedestal grinders and various hand tools. They will learn the parts, various operations, cutting tools and the relationship of speeds and feeds applied to milling machines. They will manufacture parts to specified tolerances which reflect field operations.

28 Hours

This is a hands-on course utilizing a microcomputer to perform computer-aided drafting using AutoCAD. Topics include drawing construction, scaling, editing, dimensioning, layering, entity controls and blocks with the objective of producing industry-standard drawings.

56 Hours

This course is designed to assist beginning students with the basic principles of welding. The emphasis is placed on practical applications and to assist the student in developing more advanced skills. The course content will be shared between shop and classroom time at the discretion of the professor.

28 Hours

Semester 3

This course will introduce the student to basic principles and knowledge of Electrical Circuits and fundamentals. The scope and purpose of the Canadian Electrical code will be explained. Basic Electrical Installations will also be introduced to the student.

42 Hours

This course will develop a more advanced level of hydraulics related to graphic symbols, calculations, fluids, conditioners, control valves and hydraulic pumps.

42 Hours

This course will develop the theories and practices taught during MM 1275 while furthering their knowledge on conventional machine tools such as engine lathes, milling machines, drilling machines, saws, pedestal grinders and various hand tools. They will manufacture parts to specified tolerances which reflect field operations.

28 Hours

This course will develop various positive and non-positive displacement pumps. The students will also learn to assemble, disassemble and maintain various pumps. They will identify, install and maintain various types of valves and how to incorporate them into piping systems as well as identifying various pipe fittings and their uses.

56 Hours

Students will learn the care and use of commonly used precision measuring and alignment equipment and instruments, which are used for measuring, moving, setting up, and maintaining machinery to manufacturers’ specifications and prescribed tolerances.

28 Hours

This course is designed to develop more advanced skills in Arc Welding by building on past skills of oxygen acetylene, arc welding and by progressing to the horizontal and vertical position. The emphasis is placed on practical applications. The course content will be shared between shop and classroom time at the discretion of the professor.

28 Hours

General Education Courses are selected online each semester by the student from a list provided and exposes students to a related area of study outside of their immediate academic discipline. Certain programs have predetermined electives. 

42 Hours

Semester 4

This course introduces students to the nature of business and entrepreneurship.  Students will obtain an overview of entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial process then expand into key concepts including business types, customers, marketing, financials and human resources.  The options of franchising and purchasing existing businesses are also covered in this course.  Students will outline and assess the components of a Business Plan.

42 Hours

The students will continue to apply the theories and practices taught during MM3012 while furthering their knowledge on conventional machine tools such as engine lathes, milling machines, drilling machines, saws, pedestal grinders and various hand tools. They will manufacture parts to specified tolerances which reflect field operations.

42 Hours

This course will develop the knowledge and principles of applied mechanics and thermodynamics, as it pertains to the Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) trade. Students will also learn various types, applications and maintenance procedures of prime movers and ancillary equipment. Students will also develop knowledge of procedures, equipment used, and the benefits that accrue from a preventative and predictive maintenance program. Students will also be required to complete a two week unpaid placement during weeks 14 & 15 to successfully complete this course. Students not obtaining a work placement will complete job tasks in the shop to meet the placement requirements.

56 Hours

This course will introduce the student to various electrical components and controls, AC and DC motor controls, and hook-ups, ladder diagrams, and programmable logic controllers (PLC’s).

28 Hours

This course develops knowledge of the types, and principles of operation of various material handling systems. Students will also learn the functions and uses of fans and blowers. Lastly, students will learn about ventilation and pollution control systems.

28 Hours

This course is designed to assist students with the principles of cutting and welding. The emphasis is placed on practical applications and to assist the student in developing more advanced skills. The course content will be shared between shop and classroom time at the discretion of the professor.

28 Hours

General Education Courses are selected online each semester by the student from a list provided and exposes students to a related area of study outside of their immediate academic discipline. Certain programs have predetermined electives. 

42 Hours

Career Ready Graduates

Articulation Agreements

A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program coordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option.

Career Opportunities

Industrial Mechanics (Millwrights) work on industrial machinery and mechanical equipment and components. This equipment may include mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic, fuel, lubrication, cooling, and exhaust systems. Some of the components they work on include pumps, fans, tanks, conveyors, presses, generators, and pneumatic and hydraulic controls.

Graduates may work in industries such as Aerospace, Automobile Assembly & Supply, Breweries, Food Processing, Mechanical Construction, Metal Fabrication, Mining & Forest Products, Nuclear & Fossil Power Stations, Pharmaceutical, Pulp & Paper, Steel Production, Wholesale Trading and more.

  1. Complete all work in compliance with current legislation, standards, regulations, and guidelines.
  2. Apply quality control and quality assurance procedures to meet organizational standards and requirements.
  3. Comply with current health and safety legislation, as well as organizational practices and procedures.
  4. Apply sustainability best practices in workplaces.
  5. Use current and emerging technologies to implement mechanical and manufacturing projects.
  6. Analyze and solve mechanical problems by applying mathematics and fundamentals of mechanics.
  7. Interpret, prepare, and modify mechanical drawings and other related technical documents.
  8. Perform technical measurements accurately using appropriate instruments and equipment.
  9. Manufacture, assemble, maintain, and repair mechanical components according to required specifications.
  10. Contribute to the planning, implementation, and evaluation of projects.

Admissions Information & Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • Grade 12 English (C, U)
  • Grade 11 Math (C, M, U)

Or equivalent

 

Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

Applicants who do not have a high school diploma or equivalent and will have reached the age of 19 years on or before the start of the program must undergo academic testing and may be required to complete Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) process to demonstrate equivalency of admission requirements prior to admission into a program.

For more details, please contact the Admissions Office at 705-235-7222 or admissions@northern.on.ca.

Additional Requirements for International Students

In addition to the admission requirements, international students must have proof of English Proficiency and meet the requirements below.

1. Proof of Senior High School Diploma/Certificate

2. English Proficiency (we will require one of the following):

  • IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System: a minimum overall score of 6.0 must be achieved with no individual band score under 6.0; however, we will accept one band at 5.5.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – Internet Based Test (iBT) overall minimum score of 79
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic – Graduate Diploma: 58+

3. CO-OP Work Permit is mandatory for this program to participate in unpaid program placements.

If your country of citizenship has English as its official language, we may accept alternate proof of English Proficiency.

All educational documents must be submitted in English and will be dependent on the country of citizenship.

For more information, please contact admissions@northern.on.ca.

Tuition, Fees & Payments

Tuition and fees are typically updated yearly for the upcoming Academic Year in May.

Current amount may be based on last years amounts and are subject to change. Ancillary fees vary by campus and program.

If the tuition and fee information for international students does not appear on this page, visit northerncollege.ca/international/tuition to see amounts for general programs.

Please refer to your Student Account for the most up-to-date information.

Student Year Campus Program Code Tuition Ancillary Fees Total Fees
StudentDomesticYear2CampusTimmins - PCProgram CodeT122Tuition $2,720.56 Ancillary Fees $845.50 Total $3,566.06
StudentInternationalYear2CampusTimmins - PCProgram CodeT122Tuition $14,813.46 Ancillary Fees $1,458.00 Total $16,271.46
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