Industrial Mechanics - Millwrights
Introduction
Industrial mechanics (millwrights) work on industrial machinery and mechanical equipment. This equipment may include mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic, fuel, lubrication, cooling and exhaust systems and equipment. Some components worked on include pumps, fans, tanks, conveyors, presses, generators, and pneumatic and hydraulic controls.
Essential Skills Requirements:
 
Safety-related Activities
Reading
Ability to read instructions and warnings written on signs, labels and packaging, e.g. read signs to learn about noise and electrical shock hazards. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read notices and bulletins, e.g. read notices from workers’ compensation boards to learn about workplace hazards and incidents. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read written instructions about equipment lockout procedures. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read safety-related information, e.g. read safety rules and regulations governing the use of rigging and hazards, such as confined spaces and electrical shock. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to recognize warning signs and symbols, e.g. locate icons on fire extinguisher labels to identify their appropriateness for various types of fires. (Complexity: 1)
Writing
Ability to write reports to describe events leading up to workplace accidents, e.g. write about injuries and events when completing reports for workers' compensation boards. (Complexity: 2)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the safety of equipment and the severity of workplace hazards. (Complexity: 2)
 
Equipment Installation, Repair and Maintenance
Reading
Ability to read short text entries on technical drawings and forms, such as work orders, lockouts and equipment inspection sheets, e.g. read comments on work orders to learn the particulars of installation projects. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read a variety of operating, troubleshooting and repair manuals, e.g. read operating manuals to obtain assembly, repair and operating instructions for pumps, transmissions and other types of equipment. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to read regulations and standards, e.g. read regulations and standards issued by the Technical Safety Standards Association and the Canadian Welding Bureau to learn about the regulations and code requirements that impact their work. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to understand and interpret written information in text books, training manuals and technical reports. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to understand written instructions about the set-up, operation and maintenance of tools such as lathes and milling, welding and heating machines. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to locate information such as dimensions and construction procedures using basic scale and assembly drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate information using basic scale and assembly drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to use checklists, e.g. use worksite procedure checklists to locate emergency contact information, voltages and other information about conditions that are unique to individual work sites. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate data in lists, tables and schedules, e.g. use schedules to locate types and dates of upcoming maintenance programs. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate data such as identification numbers, specifications and quantities in moderately complex tables. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate data such as specifications, classifications and material coefficients in complex tables, e.g. interpret specification tables to determine the requirements for complex equipment installations. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate information such as dimensions and assembly procedures using complex scale and assembly drawings. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Thinking
Ability to decide the order of tasks and their priorities, e.g. decide which installations to complete first. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to evaluate the quality and adequacy of work performed. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to evaluate the severity of equipment faults by considering factors such as readings, noise levels, pressures, temperatures, vibrations and odours. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to evaluate work projects by considering factors such as efficiencies, timelines, costs and the quality of work performed. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Digital Technology - Databases
Use databases to enter repair information and retrieve equipment maintenance histories. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Programming and Systems Control
Ability to use programmable logic controllers to monitor operating levels such as temperatures, pressures, flow rates and volumes in machinery and systems. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Other Digital Technology
Ability use hand-held devices such as vibration data collectors and analyzers to report machinery conditions such as displacement, acceleration and velocity. (Complexity: 2)
 
General Administrative Duties
Reading
Ability to read trade journals, brochures and website articles to learn about new products and stay up-to-date on new technology. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to read labels on product packaging, equipment, drawings and panels to locate specifications, voltages, safety information and identification numbers. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate information such as dimensions and assembly procedures using moderately complex scale and assembly drawings. (Complexity: 2)
Writing
Ability to write short comments in log books and journals, e.g. write short comments in journals to record why tasks were not completed. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to write short text entries in forms such as work orders, application forms and supply requests. (Complexity: 1)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the condition and performance of tools and equipment. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Listening
Ability to understand short spoken statements such as a simple instruction or question. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to understand moderately complex spoken statements such as instructions involving multiple steps. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Speaking
Ability to ask simple questions and explain simple thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate language. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to explain moderately complex thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate tone and language. (Complexity: 2)
 
Use of Mathematics
Whole Numbers
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers. (Complexity: 2)
Fractions
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions, e.g. measure using fractions of an inch. (Complexity: 2)
Decimals
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Percents and Mixed Operations
Ability to use percent to locate numbers; add, subtract, multiply and divide signed numbers; complete mixed operations with whole numbers, fractions, percents and decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Data Analysis
Ability to calculate and use totals, sub-totals and basic summary measures like averages and rates, and perform proportional calculations.  (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Basic Skills
Ability to analyze and draw lines and line segments; use coordinates to locate points in a plane; calculate angles; use concepts such as parallelism to solve problems. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Plane Figures
Ability to calculate perimeters, areas and circumferences; analyze angles and distances in triangles, rectangles and circles; analyze complex shapes into constituent plane figures. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Solids
Ability to calculate volumes of rectangular solids, cylinders and prisms; analyze complex volumes into constituent regular solids. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Advanced Tasks
Ability to analyze angles and distances in plane figures; calculate areas of other polygons; use theorem to solve problems; calculate areas and volumes of objects such as spheres, pyramids and cones. (Complexity: 2)
Measurement
Ability to measure things such as distances, weights, volumes, temperatures and angles; use and convert between Metric and Imperial measurement units. (Complexity: 2)
Algebra
Ability to construct and solve equations with one to three different variables and use common formulas. (Complexity: 2)
Trigonometry
Ability to identify and calculate known and unknown angles; use trigonometry to set up and solve problems using trigonometry. (Complexity: 2)