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Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics (Except Textile)

What they do?

Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Construct foundations for machinery or direct other workers to construct foundations

B. Assemble machinery and equipment prior to installation using hand and power tools and welding equipment.

C. Read blueprints, diagrams and schematic drawings to determine work procedures

D. Install, align, dismantle and move stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment, such as pumps, fans, tanks, conveyors, furnaces and generators according to layout plans using hand and power tools

E. Operate hoisting and lifting devices such as cranes, jacks and tractors to position machinery and parts during the installation, set-up and repair of machinery

F. Inspect and examine machinery and equipment to detect and investigate irregularities and malfunctions

G. Install, troubleshoot and maintain power transmission, vacuum, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, and programmable logic controls

H. Adjust machinery and repair or replace defective parts

I. Operate machine tools such as lathes and grinders to fabricate parts required during overhaul, maintenance or set-up of machinery

J. Clean, lubricate and perform other routine maintenance work on machinery

Where they find work?

1. Paper manufacturing - 9.0%
2. Wood product manufacturing - 9.0%
3. Primary metal manufacturing - 8.0%
4. Food manufacturing - 7.0%
5. Construction - 6.0%
6. Plastic and rubber products manufacturing - 5.0%
7. Fabricated metal product manufacturing - 5.0%

What education do I need?

1. In general, you usually need a high school diploma.

2. To gain trade certification, you usually need either a three- to four-year apprenticeship program or a combination of over five years' work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry courses in industrial machinery repair or millwrighting.

3. Industrial mechanic trade certification is compulsory in Quebec and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces/territories.

4. Construction millwright trade certification is available, but voluntary, in Ontario.

5. Qualified industrial mechanics and millwrights may also obtain interprovincial (Red Seal) trade certification, which provides job mobility throughout the country.

6. With experience, you may move up the ranks to become a supervisor.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. Mechanics
3. Physical Education
4. Machine Shop

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics (Except Textile) is $22.29/HR, which is above average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and close to the average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics (Except Textile) wages

Expected Wage by Age

Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics (Except Textile) Wage By Age

Unemployment:

4% of Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics (Except Textile) are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for technical, professional, and skilled occupations.

Unemployment

Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics (Except Textile) Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics (Except Textile) Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics (Except Textile) is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($22.29) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (4%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be close to the average.

2. Although the retirement rate will likely be average, the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely match the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of are found in Alberta and Prince Edward Island while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (57%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Diagrams/blueprints

2. Manufacturing

3. Machinery

Part Time Workers

Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics (Except Textile) Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


2% of Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics (Except Textile) are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 93,400 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, a decrease of 4% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics (Except Textile) Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be average reflecting the age/retirement structure of the occupation.

Self Employed

Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics (Except Textile) Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 1% of Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics (Except Textile) are self-employed. This is considered Below average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics (Except Textile) Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


2% of the individuals employed as Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics (Except Textile) are women. Compared to other industries, this is Below average.