Industrial Mechanics

CampusStart Date
MiramichiSeptember 2018
Saint JohnSeptember 2018

Program Overview

Heavy industry types all have a millwright on speed dial. If you’re ready to answer the call, our Industrial Mechanic program is for you. We introduce you to metal processing, basic welding and cutting, sheet metal work, machine shop practices, maintenance and troubleshooting. You will progress from simple hand and machine processes to more exacting operations such as machining, fitting and reassembly. The trade theory and practical work of this program are supported by instruction in trade-related mathematics, physics, communications, blueprint reading, shop safety and basic metallurgy.


The requirements for this certificate program may be achieved within one year of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency

    (NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies)

    Career Possibilities

    The program curriculum covers all of the Industrial Mechanic/Millwright block 1 & 2 material and prepares the student for employment as a block 1 Industrial Mechanic/Millwright apprentice. Graduates may be employed in the construction sector, power generating stations, sawmills, mining operations, food processing plants, various manufacturing facilities and other mechanized industries.

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    NOC Codes

    7311 - Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics

    What you will learn

    • Computer Skills
    • Blueprint Reading
    • Mathematics
    • Machining
    • Shop Practices
    • Welding
    • Communications
    • Physics
    • Bearings, Lubricants and Seals
    • Couplings and Clutches
    • Power Transmission
    • Workplace Safety
    • Work Attachment

    Program Courses

    This year's courses are still under development. Showing 2017's courses for reference.

    The purpose of this course is to refresh skills in mathematics developed through secondary programs in areas deemed essential for the successful completion of the program. Although the topics covered in this course are common to any math program, every effort is made to illustrate their usage in the trades’ professions.

    In this course, the students are presented with a balance of theoretical mathematics and applied mathematics. Instructional emphasis is focussed on the information, principles and formulas required to perform trade related mathematical calculations.


    • MATH1208

    Students are equipped to identify lathe components, accessories and tooling. They learn to grind cutting tools and carry out basic lathe operations according to appropriate safety standards.


    • SECU1194G
    • META1060

    This course is designed to provide the student with the theory and practice in the use and maintenance of portable hand and power tools, air tools, explosive actuated tools, offhand and pedestal grinders, power saws and various fasteners and various locking devices.


    • SECU1194G

    This course will provide students with the knowledge and skill too accurately measure and layout specific shop projects for machining operations.


    • META1059
    • SECU1194G
    • MATH1208

    Students build on their practical skills in machining to perform milling machine operations.


    • SECU1194G
    • META1060

    This course instructs students on the correct use and selection of bearings, lubricants and seals as they relate to the trade.


    • SECU1194G
    • META1060

    The purpose of the practicum is to provide students with a direct, supervised practical experience. Such an experience enables students to apply the knowledge acquired during their training directly to their field of study. The practicum exposes the students to the trade environment and participants are expected to become members of the team in the industry site to which they are attached.

    This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

    In this course, students focus on applying communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, document use, and critical thinking to make occupation-specific communication effective and efficient while developing computer-related skills necessary to be successful in college and on the job.

    In this course, students focus on acquiring job search skills to gain a work-term placement as well as employment while also, developing interpersonal communication skills needed to grow their career.

    Students are enabled to apply physical and physics concepts to the field of Mechanical Trades in an applied fashion at an intermediate level.


    • MATH1208

    In this course, students learn to install, diagnose, maintain and repair mechanical power transmission components and systems.  First, students learn proper installation, alignment and maintenance of chain and belt drive systems. Next, students learn about couplings and clutches, followed by shafts and attachments, gear drives and finally, how to perform shaft alignment procedures.


    • META1059
    • META1060
    • SECU1194G

    This course is designed to provide students with the skills to sketch and read blueprints to extract information. Students learn to interpret information from blueprints and use proper instruments and techniques to produce drawings.

    This course extends the knowledge gained in the preceding course,Blueprint Reading Fundamentals. It is designed to provide students with the necessary skills required to read technical drawings and interpret critical information. Students practice material identification and interpretation of drawings and specifications.


    • PRLP1058D

    This course is intended to provide the students with the knowledge required to function safely in their work environment. Included within this course are the specific WorkSafeNB competencies required for all NBCC graduates. Participants cover the safety and security standards required on the job so that they are aware of potential hazards and can prevent them.

    The safety procedures introduced in the course focus on preparing the students to function efficiently and safely as they get more practice and applied knowledge specific to their trade.

    This course provides students with an understanding of:

    - their responsibilities when working in areas where fall hazards exist;

    - the use of and inspection of the required equipment; and

    - the critical controls necessary to reduce the risk of a fall.

    This course provides students with an understanding of the hazards related to working in a confined space environment. It looks at the proper safe work practice and procedures for confined spaces as well as rescue considerations.

    This course is designed to prepare students to work with crane operators and, where applicable, engineers to set up equipment and perform lifts.  This course examines the intricacies of planning and carrying out common rigging, hoisting, lifting and positioning tasks.  Students continue to learn about care and maintenance of equipment and tools.  Workplace safety is emphasized.



    • SECU1194G

    Industrial mechanics (millwrights) utilize welding and cutting equipment to heat, repair and fabricate components on machinery.  In this course, students learn through a combination of theory and practical application about oxy-fuel and plasma arc cutting, equipment and accessories, safe procedures for cutting. Next, students learn to weld material using shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) and gas metal arc welding (GMAW) equipment.  Finally, students learn to perform regularly maintenance on welding units to ensure safety in welding and cutting processes.

    Specific Considerations

    The nature of this occupation requires the physical strength and agility necessary for work on heavy industrial equipment.

    External Certifications

    Industrial Mechanics graduates may have an opportunity to acquire the following external certifications upon meeting the external agencies certification requirements and paying any required fees to the external agency:

    Institution: Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification
    External Certification: Industrial Mechanics
    Information: Upon successful progress through the apprenticeship program they may write Block 1 of the Certificate of Qualification exam to obtain Red Seal status in the Industrial Mechanic / Millwright trade.

    Block 1 Industrial Mechanic/Millwright apprentice

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