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NOC Code: NOC Code: 7311a Occupation: Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics install, maintain, troubleshoot, overhaul and repair stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment. This unit group includes industrial textile machinery mechanics and repairers. Construction millwrights are employed by millwrighting contractors. Industrial mechanics are employed in manufacturing plants, utilities and other industrial establishments. Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics install, maintain, troubleshoot, overhaul and repair stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment. This unit group includes industrial textile machinery mechanics and repairers. Construction millwrights are employed by millwrighting contractors. Industrial mechanics are employed in manufacturing plants, utilities and other industrial establishments.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3 4
Writing Writing 1 2 3
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3 4
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3
Money Math Money Math 1 2
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3 4
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2 3
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2 3
Critical Thinking Critical Thinking 1 2 3

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  • Read instructions and warnings written on signs, labels and packaging, e.g. read labels affixed to cleaning fluids to learn first aid procedures. (1)
  • Read short handwritten notes and text entries on forms, e.g. read short descriptions on maintenance forms of work completed and troubles encountered. (1)
  • Read memos and notices, e.g. read memos to learn about scheduled power shutdowns, proposed meetings and upcoming health and safety workshops. (2)
  • 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. (3)
  • Read trade journals, brochures and website articles to learn about new products and stay up-to-date on new technology. (3)
  • Read technical bulletins, e.g. read technical bulletins issued by manufacturers to learn how to troubleshoot equipment faults. (3)
  • 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 the work. (4)
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  • Write brief text entries in entry forms and log books, e.g. describe malfunctions, challenges encountered and work completed in work orders and maintenance sheets. (1)
  • Write text entries in forms and log books, e.g. describe potential worksite risks in hazard assessment forms and note changes to equipment settings in log books. (2)
  • Write email messages to supervisors, co-workers and suppliers, e.g. write email messages to request information about equipment specifications. (2)
  • Write incident reports, e.g. write incident reports to describe equipment malfunctions and the work performed to repair them. (2)
  • Write detailed maintenance and repair procedures to help co-workers plan and execute maintenance tasks and repairs. (3)
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Document Use
  • Observe warning signs and symbols, e.g. locate icons on fire extinguisher labels to identify their appropriateness for various types of fires. (1)
  • Scan labels on product packaging, equipment, drawings and panels to locate specifications, voltages and identification numbers. (1)
  • Locate data in lists, tables and schedules, e.g. use schedules to locate types and dates of upcoming maintenance programs. (2)
  • Enter data into a variety of forms, e.g. enter data, such as part numbers, specifications, times, quantities and dates, into requisitions and purchase orders. (2)
  • Interpret graphs, e.g. interpret line graphs of volume outputs to determine how well equipment, such as pumps and compressors, are operating. (2)
  • 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. (3)
  • Interpret complex schematic drawings, e.g. view schematic drawings of complex mechanical, structural, pneumatic and hydraulic systems to understand how they operate and to troubleshoot faults. (4)
  • Study complex scale drawings, e.g. study engineered drawings to determine the assembly steps for industrial equipment, and the size and location of various components and parts, such as bearings, bushings, belts and chains. (4)
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Digital Technology
  • Use hand-held devices, such as vibration data collectors and analyzers, to collect displacement, acceleration and velocity data. (1)
  • Use hand-held devices, such as ultrasonic flaw detectors and thermal imagers, to locate and troubleshoot equipment faults. (1)
  • Use distributed control systems interfaced with programmable logic controllers to monitor operating levels, such as temperatures, pressures, flow rates and volumes in machinery and systems. (1)
  • Use calculators and personal digital assistant (PDA) devices to complete numeracy-related tasks, such as calculating material requirements. (1)
  • Use databases to retrieve maintenance schedules and enter information about work completed. (2)
  • Use communication software to exchange email messages and attachments with supervisors, clients and suppliers. (2)
  • Use the Internet to access training courses and seminars offered by training institutions, unions, suppliers, associations and employers. (2)
  • Use Internet browsers and search engines to access technical service bulletins, codes, specifications and troubleshooting guides. (2)
  • Access online articles posted by suppliers, manufacturers and associations to stay current on industry trends and practices. (2)
  • Use the Internet to access and share information on industry-related web forums and blogs. (2)
  • Use computer-assisted design (CAD), manufacturing and machining programs, such as AutoCAD to modify scale drawings. (2)
  • Use word processing programs to write, edit and format text for incident reports and maintenance procedures. (2)
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Oral Communication
  • Talk to suppliers and contractors, e.g. speak with suppliers about equipment specifications, delivery times and prices. (1)
  • Exchange information with co-workers, e.g. question plant operators about the operation of equipment before and during malfunctions. (2)
  • Discuss ongoing work with clients, advise them about maintenance and propose equipment modifications. (2)
  • Provide detailed instructions, e.g. explain the proper set-up and use of equipment, such as plasma cutting tools. (3)
  • Exchange technical information, e.g. exchange technical information with helpdesk technicians to troubleshoot and repair unusual equipment malfunctions. (3)
  • Discuss safety, productivity, major repairs and procedures during meetings with co-workers, supervisors, engineers and clients. (3)
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Money Math
  • Calculate expense claims for tools and supplies and for travel to remote work sites, workshops and courses. Calculate charges for using personal vehicles by multiplying distance travelled by per kilometre rates. Add amounts for meals, hotel rooms, supplies and other applicable expenses. (2)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Schedule tasks for construction, repair and maintenance projects. Draw up timelines and schedule activities for equipment maintenance and installation projects and make allowances for disruptions and delays. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Take measurements of dimension and temperature using common measuring tools, such as rulers, tapes and thermometers. (1)
  • Calculate distances, totals, maximums and minimums and quantities required, e.g. calculate the maximum end play allowed in a bearing by adding a tolerance to a specified distance. (2)
  • Use specialized tools, such as micrometers, angle finders, feeler gauges and dial indicators to take precise measurements to thousandths of an inch. (3)
  • Calculate loads, capacities and dimensions for mechanical components and systems, e.g. calculate the size and number of steel plates needed to support the weight of industrial equipment. (4)
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Data Analysis
  • Compare measurements, such as temperature, pressure and rotations per minute, to acceptable ranges. (1)
  • Calculate summary measures, e.g. calculate the average amount of power required for industrial equipment. (2)
  • Collect and analyze data to evaluate system functions and troubleshoot faults, e.g. analyze the pressures of intake and outtake pipes to determine if there are blockages in the pipes, potential leaks in pump seals or wear on impellers. (3)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate weights and distances, e.g. estimate the weight of gearboxes and motors to select appropriate lifting devices and procedures to move them. (1)
  • Estimate time required to complete installation and repair tasks. Consider the type of operation, the complexity of the equipment involved and past experience with similar tasks. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Industrial Mechanics (Millwrights) receive their work assignments from their supervisors and plan their own job tasks within that framework. On longer assignments, they follow planned work schedules to coordinate their tasks with co-workers and contractors. When emergencies require them to interrupt scheduled work, they keep their supervisors informed of their progress to enable effective rescheduling. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide task sequences and priorities, e.g. decide which installations to complete first. (1)
  • Choose among refurbish, repair and replacement options for worn and defective parts, such as hoses, motors, valves, belts, pins, bolts and bushings. Take into consideration maintenance guidelines, performance and test results, age and appearance of parts, as well as availability, cost and ease of replacement. (2)
  • Select materials and methods to maintain, repair and improve industrial equipment and systems. When choosing repair and maintenance methods, consider factors, such as the durability, cost, ease of access, safety and efficiency. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • Installations cannot be completed because specifications and instructions are unavailable. Locate the required specifications by talking to suppliers, engineers and supervisors. Visit manufacturers' websites to locate missing information as needed. (2)
  • Encounter unsafe work conditions. Inform co-workers and safety personnel about your observations and concerns. Perform other work until the unsafe condition is rectified. (2)
  • Find that parts needed for maintenance and repairs are unavailable. Fabricate replacement parts and modify parts from other machines. Work with engineers, co-workers and subcontractors to fabricate replacement parts. It may be necessary to obtain approvals from supervisors, clients and manufacturing representatives for non-standard parts. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Find information about equipment by reviewing manufacturers' websites, catalogues and pricelists and by talking to suppliers, co-workers and other tradespeople. (2)
  • Locate information on installation projects by reviewing scale drawings, reading work orders and speaking with co-workers, customers and other tradespeople. (2)
  • Find technical information needed to troubleshoot equipment faults by running tests, studying diagnostic flowcharts and schematic drawings, reading equipment manuals and by speaking with co-workers, suppliers and help desk technicians. (3)
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Critical Thinking
  • Evaluate the safety of the work environments. Consider criteria, such as the availability of proper equipment and tools, potential hazards and safety codes. (2)
  • Refuse to perform tasks you judge to be unfeasible and unsafe. (2)
  • Assess feasibility of designs for small modifications to equipment and machinery. Ensure designs meet technical specifications, performance requirements and regulations. (2)
  • Evaluate the condition of parts and equipment. Visually inspect parts for signs of wear and damage. Compare test results and measurements to specifications. Verify measurements and gauge readings for operating parameters such as motor speeds, flow rate and temperature, to ensure the equipment is operating correctly. (2)
  • Evaluate the performance of major industrial systems and plant equipment, such as hoists, conveyors, pumps, ventilators and hydraulic systems. Take into consideration operators' observations, system specifications, equipment readings and test results. (3)
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