May 24, 2024  
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog

Pre-Employment Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)

Location(s): In Person (Main Campus)

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Jumpstart your journey into the high-demand field of industrial mechanics with our intensive 12-week Pre-employment Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) program.

Designed as a streamlined alternative to the first period of traditional apprenticeship, this program covers the foundational course materials that a first-year apprentice would encounter. 

In this program, you will:  

  • learn about machining, machine assembly, blueprint reading, rigging and hoisting, machine alignment, drive systems, and the application of precision measurement tools and testing equipment 
  • engage in practical training to install, troubleshoot, repair and maintain a diverse range of industrial machinery 
  • acquire the hands-on skills and technical knowledge that prepare you for various positions and responsibilities within the industry. 

Graduates are well-positioned for employment in various sectors, including oil and gas, construction, manufacturing, materials handling and even specialized areas such as ski lift maintenance. 

Whether you aspire to become a seasoned millwright or move into supervisory roles, our program is the stepping stone to a career path in industrial mechanics.  

Traits, skills and aptitudes

Industrial mechanics tend to be objective, innovative and methodical. 

You need:  

  • mechanical aptitude 
  • critical thinking and problem-solving skills 
  • the ability to use your hands skillfully and quickly 
  • the ability to estimate and measure sizes and distances accurately 
  • the ability to work alone on tasks that require concentration and physical effort.

You should enjoy doing creative work with machinery that requires a high degree of skill and precision.

Academic path

This program aligns with the first period of Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training’s (AIT) Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) curriculum.

Graduates are eligible to register as apprentices and challenge the first-period exam.

Once you pass the exam and complete the necessary training hours with an employer, you may register for SAIT’s Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) apprenticeship program beginning in period two.


Upon successful completion of the program, you’ll receive a SAIT Pre-Employment Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) certificate.

Program length

12 weeks

Not open to international applicants

This program is not available to international applicants at this time. 


This program is eligible for the Canada Alberta Job Grant

Related careers

Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.

Potential careers (NOC):

  • Industrial and manufacturing engineers (21321)
  • Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians (22301)
  • Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians (22302)
  • Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics (22312)
  • Facility operation and maintenance managers (70012)
  • Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades (72020)
  • Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics (72400)
  • Power engineers and power systems operators (92100)

Admission requirements - Applicants educated in Canada

Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • Math 20-1, Math 20-2, or Math 20-3, and
  • English Language Arts 20-1 or English Language Arts 20-2, and
  • Science 10.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside Alberta.

Admission requirements - Applicants educated outside of Canada

All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find accepted educational documents and assessment options

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.

Program outline

The Pre-Employment Industrial Mechanic Millwright certificate requires 12 credits (four courses) to complete.


You must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better each semester and pass the prerequisite courses to progress through the program.

To qualify for graduation, you must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Review our grading and progression procedure > 

Books and supplies

Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 per full-time year.

This is a bring-your-own-device program with a standard computer hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore’s website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn’t receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you’re in luck; no textbook purchase is required this term.

Manufacturing and Automation program advising

For any questions or to set up an advising appointment, please contact our School of Manufacturing and Automation.

Phone: 403.284.8641

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