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School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
Learning for a Lifetime


‚ÄčOccupational Description: 
Millwrights (aka Industrial Mechanics) install, repair, overhaul and maintain machinery and heavy mechanical equipment, such as conveyor systems in diverse settings including repair shops, plants, construction sites, mines, logging operations, ski hills and most production and manufacturing facilities. Millwrights also perform routine maintenance activities, such as cleaning and lubricating equipment, adjusting valves and seals, and investigating breakdowns


  • courses you will be taking while at BCIT: ‚ÄčProgram Matrix: Millwright Link
  • given those BCIT courses you will be taking (and similar ones at KPU),
    high school cons‚Äčiderations:
    • a plan to complete English 12
    • strongly recommended: Metal/Welding 11, as you will doing a:
      • 2-week welding unit and/or
      • 2-week sheet metal unit and/or‚Äč
      • 2-week machining unit
    • ‚Äčrecommended: Drafting & Design 11
  • Math Foundations or Pre-Calc 11 ("67%") or Workplace 11 ("80%")
  • excellent attendance + lates record while in high school
Time Commitment
  • 2 intakes: 
    BCIT - early September and early February
    KPU - early February
  • 24 weeks long (no Spring Break for February intake)
  • 5 days a week:  Monday to Friday
  • 7.30am to 2.00pm
Student Cost
  • tuition-free, but students will need to pay about $1,000 for course materials, textbook, resources, etc

Location‚Äč‚Äč & Transportation

  • BCIT "Burnaby Campus" - 3700 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby, or
    KPU "Cloverdale Campus" - 5500 - 180th Street, Surrey
  • Transportation, to and from the training site, is the responsibility of the parent/guardian
    • BCIT - Skytrain + Bus is the best trans‚Äčportation option
    • KPU - driving is the most viable transportation option

Skills + Attributes‚Äč

  • passion for fixing machines
  • attention to detail
  • ability to stand on your feet for extended periods of time
  • ability to weld

‚ÄčApplication Process/Steps
  • November 1 - (pre) Spring Break‚Äč
    • look over all the information below and in the right column - get a good
       understanding of the pre-reqs, expectations, time commitment, ‚Äč‚Äč ‚Äčreading, math, training
      , etc‚Äč
      • if you have no questions, please apply for the program(s)
      • ‚Äčstill have questions? ‚Äčbook an appointment to talk to the district
         coordinator, Doug MacLean, to learn more: Booking App‚Äč
    • student competes the SD43 application (top link in the right column)
    • submits to your high school counselor (usually in gr 11 for the gr 12 school year)‚Äč 
  • ‚Äč(post) Spring Break - late April
    • personal interview/conversation with district coordinator 
  • mid-May into June
    • students are conditionally accepted (or not) into programs (notified by email) 
    • applicable enrolment at the training site is made (by Principal)
    • counselors will adjust timetables accordingly‚Äč‚Äč for following school year
‚ÄčStudents: feel free to contact Benjamin via email (‚Äč or text/call (778-984-1354) at anytime during the application process.
‚ÄčStudent Eligibility
  • limited to 1-2 Coquitlam SD43 students per intake per site
  • students typically take this program in their grade 12 year after taking all the necessary/core grade 11 subjects
  • students must begin a program prior to June 30 in th‚Äčeir graduation year
    • ex 1:  a grade 12's program begins in March and runs for 23 weeks - this is okay for a grade 12 student‚Äč to participate in
    • ex 2:  a program will begin in August after a grade 12 has graduated - this is not okay and that ‚Äčcurrent grade 12s should not apply as they will not be accepted
  • unfortunately, this program is not available to "International students" ‚Äč‚Äč

Have questions about this program?
Book a meeting with ‚ÄčBen King
Principal of Trades & Transitions‚Äč:‚Äč




School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

1080 Winslow Avenue, Coquitlam BC
V3J 0M6
604-939-9201 604-939-7828