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


‚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

Application Process

November 1 to Spring Break
    • l‚Äčook over all the information below and in the right column - get a good understanding of the pre-reqs, expectations, time commitment,    reading, math, trainin‚Äčg, etc
      • no questions... go ahead and apply for the program!
      • questions?... book an appointment with Benjamin King (district principal), to learn more
        • use the: Booking App, or
        • use the Q‚ÄčR code in the right column
    • student completes the fillable "SD43 Application" (top link in the right column) by typing in answers and getting necessary signatures
    • submit to your counsellor at your high school

after S‚Äčpring Break to late April

    • Personal interview/conversation with Ben King at your school

‚Äč‚Äčmid-May into June

    • Ben King will:
      • email students conditional acceptances into the program
        • unsuccessful applicants will also are contacted
      • enroll the student at the training site(s)
      • ‚Äč‚Äčensure counselors adjust students' timetables to reflect course/credits


  • courses you will be taking while at BCIT (similar at KPU): ‚ÄčProgram Ma‚Äčtrix: Millwright Link
  • given those program courses you will be taking,  high school considerations:
    • 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 u‚Äčnit 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 - 2024
    • January 29 (to July 12)
    • early September (TBD)
  • KPU - 2024
    • February 5, 2024 (to July 19)
    • early September (TBD)
  • 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


  • General
    • Analytical, Mechanical, Resourceful, and Systematic
  • Key Job‚Äč
    • Equipment Installation & Maintenance, Cutting/Fitting/Fabricating, Electricity & Electronics Theory, Use of Specialized Tools & Equipment, and Knowledge of Lubricants/Seals/Bearings/Power Transmissions/Compressors/Pumps
‚ÄčStudent Eligibility
  • this program is made up different districts competitively applying for 1-2 high school seats per intake - traditionally Coquitlam SD‚Äč43 has had success in getting students in due to good marks and excellent attendance while in high school
  • students typically take this program in their grade 12 year after taking all the necessary/core grade 11 subjects... and a plan for English 12
  • students must begin a program prior to June 30 of their graduation year
    • ex 1:  a Program begins in March and runs for 23 weeks - this is okay for a current grade 12 student‚Äč to apply to
    • ex 2:  a program will begin in September ‚Äčafter a grade 12 has graduated - that current grade 12 can not apply as they will not be accepted‚Äč‚Äč
  • must have government-issued photo ID (ex: a driver's license, BC ‚ÄčID, passport) that is current/valid on the ‚ÄčITA exam date (last week or so of program)‚Äč
  • on intake date, students must be:
    • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and
    • an enrolled student in a high school (non-grad) in SD43‚Äč
  • unfortunately, international students are not able to enroll in this program
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