Mechanical Techniques – Industrial Millwright

Post-Secondary Programs
Credential Earned: College Certificate (1 Year)
Campus: Timmins
Program Length: 2 Semesters

Program Codes
T094 (PC) – Timmins Campus

Help keep industry up and running

A millwright is vital to the operation of any industrial process. And with Northern’s one-year Mechanical TechniquesIndustrial Millwright certificate, you’ll gain real-world experience in the installation, repair and maintenance of the complex machinery that literally runs our economy.

In an apprenticeship environment focused on teamwork, personal safety and problem solving, you’ll be trained to meet the challenges of today’s increasingly complex work environments.

You’ll develop high standards of craftsmanship, gain pride in your trade, and – along the way – learn to repair everything from pumps and presses, to conveyers, generators and tanks.

The result is you’ll graduate ready to claim your place in a wide range of industries. Or, stay on with us for an extra year to earn a full diploma in our Mechanical Technician Industrial Millwright program and make you all the more employable in a fast-paced, lucrative and growing field.

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.


Contact Information

Paul Gasparetto, Program Coordinator
705-235-3211 ext. 2181

Admission Requirements

General 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

Additional Requirements for International Students

In addition to the general 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) – Computer-based overall minimum score of 79
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic – Graduate Diploma: 58+

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

Semester 1
EN1592 Communication Fundamentals

This introductory course on issues in environmental sustainability begins with the basic principles of Earth’s environmental systems, ecosystems, and water and soil.  The course evolves to consider the interactions of these principles within the realms of climate change, energy, forest resource management, food systems, pollution and waste management, and society and the environment. The course explores the human impact on environmental systems and the challenges of developing and implementing sustainable technologies and practices that reduce society’s overall environmental impact.

GN1033 Health and Safety

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.

GN1443 Indigenous Culture and Awareness

This general education course will provide students with an introduction to Canadian Indigenous Nations’ history, sovereignty, land titles, cultural history and current critical issues. Topics addressed include the content of Indigenous rights, economic and social development, community and political processes, and business law and policies, justice & social services. Canadian Indigenous History and Relations is a general education course that has been incorporated into all programs at Northern College.

MA1002 Mathematics & Precision Measurement I

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.

MM1002 Millwright Machining I

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.

MM1004 Technical Drawings 1

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.

MM3003 Industrial Indoctrination

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.

WE1092 Welding I

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.

EL1102 Electrical & Electronics Fundamentals

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.

Semester 2
EN1582 Applied Communications I

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.

HD2003 Fluid Power I

Students will learn the basic fundamentals of hydraulic systems and their components, as well as testing procedures and design differences.

MA2022 Mathematics & Precision Measurement II

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

MM1246 Bearings, Seals and Lubrication

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.

MM1251 Power Transmission Systems

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.

MM1275 Millwright Machining II

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.

MM2004 Technical Drawings II

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.

WE2092 Welding II

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.

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