Job prospects Industrial Mechanic And Millwright in Ontario

Explore current and future job prospects for people working as an "industrial mechanic and millwright" in Ontario or Canada.

Job opportunities in Ontario

Note: These outlooks were updated on November 29th, 2023. Learn more about our methodology.

Prospects over the next 3 years


The employment outlook will be moderate for Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics (NOC 72400) in Ontario for the 2023-2025 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.

What Types of Employers Are Out There?

  • Manufacturers
  • Construction firms

What are the Main Trends Affecting Employment?

  • Favourable levels of construction
  • Investments in manufacturing, mining and nuclear power generation in Ontario
  • Ongoing need to service and maintain equipment across various industries

What Skills Do I Need to Succeed?

  • There are four voluntary skilled trades associated with this occupation in Ontario namely, Construction Millwright, Industrial Mechanic Millwright, Packaging Machine Mechanic, and Marine Engine Technician

What Other Information Will I Find Helpful?

  • In northern Ontario, the mining industry is a major source of work in this occupation
  • In the Stratford–Bruce Peninsula region, more opportunities may exist in the utilities industry.

Here are some key facts about Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics in Ontario:

  • Approximately 36,750 people work in this occupation.
  • Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Motor vehicle, body, trailer and parts manufacturing (NAICS 3361-3363): 14%
    • Construction (NAICS 23): 11%
    • Food, beverage and tobacco product manufacturing (NAICS 311, 312): 11%
    • Utilities (NAICS 22): 6%
    • Repair and maintenance (NAICS 811): 6%
  • 73% of construction millwrights and industrial mechanics work all year, while 27% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 46 weeks compared to 43 weeks for all occupations.
  • Less than 5% of construction millwrights and industrial mechanics are self-employed compared to an average of 15% for all occupations.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: more than 95% compared to 52% for all occupations
    • Women: less than 5% compared to 48% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • no high school diploma: less than 5% compared to 9% for all occupations
    • high school diploma or equivalent: 14% compared to 25% for all occupations
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: 38% compared to 8% for all occupations
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 37% compared to 22% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: 5% compared to 24% for all occupations
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: less than 5% compared to 13% for all occupations

Breakdown by region

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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

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Mining Sector Hiring Forecast

The Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) forecasts that the mining sector will need to hire a total of 830 null in Ontario from 2011 to 2021.

The following table shows MiHR’s forecast for the total number of jobs that will need to be filled from 2011 to the given year.

Table on the cummulative hiring forecast for null in Ontario starting from 2011.
Cumulative Hiring Forecast (base year 2011) 2013 2016 2021

Region: Ontario


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