Job outlook Industrial Mechanic And Millwright in Ontario

Job opportunities for Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics (NOC 7311) are good in Ontario over the next 3 years. This job outlook is also applicable to people working as an industrial mechanic and millwright.

Job opportunities in Ontario

industrial mechanic and millwright
Outlook over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics (NOC 7311) in Ontario for the 2019-2021 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.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Nearly 55% of construction millwrights and industrial mechanics work in manufacturing across various industries such as transportation equipment, food, primary and fabricated metal, and machinery production. A smaller number of these tradespersons also work in construction, commercial and industrial equipment repair and maintenance, and in the mining and utilities industries.

Employment conditions should remain favourable in this occupation in the near term. Provincial sales of all manufactured goods, led by transportation equipment and food, have grown over the past few years. Steady activity in Ontario's manufacturing base, along with stable industrial activity may support the need for machinery and equipment at local plants to maintain manufacturing operations. This should help sustain work in this field as companies rely on these tradespersons to install, maintain, service and repair stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment. Stronger levels of construction activity, particularly non-residential and engineering construction, should also create opportunities in this trade. Those that work in mining and utilities may see favourable conditions as well. Several large investments in the utilities industry will take place over the next decade especially in nuclear power, and improved traction in the provincial mining industry may provide a boost compared to recent years. Given the older age profile of workers in this occupation, retirements are expected to create a number of job openings. These factors should lead to a sustained demand for construction millwrights and industrial mechanics during the forecast period.

There are four voluntary skilled trades associated with this occupation in the province– construction millwright, industrial mechanic millwright, packaging machine mechanic, and marine engine technician. Even though this is a voluntary skilled trade, many employers prefer workers that are certified in this field or that are enrolled in an apprenticeship program as an industrial mechanic or construction millwright. Welding experience is normally required and trade certification in a related field such as welding, fabrication, and pipefitting may be an asset. Some employers prefer those with experience in a particular line of work such as mining, construction, food processing, or metal production and some positions require millwrights to work in both construction and industrial settings. Millwrights often need to be familiar with hydraulics, pumps, automated and robotic systems, pneumatics, and software such as Computerized Maintenance Management System. Individuals that work in manufacturing may need to be familiar with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), and those that work in food processing may need to be familiar with the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) system. Millwrights may need to work various shifts including evenings and weekends, and overtime during peak maintenance periods. A valid driver's licence may be required to visit various sites and some positions require working at heights so completion of a working at heights training program may be required.

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

  • Approximately 37,350 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): 10%
    • Construction (NAICS 23): 9%
    • Food, beverage and tobacco product manufacturing (NAICS 311, 312): 8%
    • Repair and maintenance (NAICS 811): 7%
    • Primary metal manufacturing (NAICS 331): 7%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: more than 95% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: less than 5% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 74% of construction millwrights and industrial mechanics work all year, while 26% 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 34 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • Less than 5% of construction millwrights and industrial mechanics are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.

Breakdown by region

Explore job prospects in Ontario by economic region.

Location Job outlook
Hamilton–Niagara Peninsula Region Good
Kingston–Pembroke Region Fair
Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie Region Fair
London Region Good
Muskoka–Kawarthas Region Good
Northeast Region Fair
Northwest Region Good
Ottawa Region Fair
Stratford–Bruce Peninsula Region Good
Toronto Region Good
Windsor-Sarnia Region Good
Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

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Labour market conditions across Canada

We expect that the labour supply and demand for Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics (NOC 7311) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.

Mining Sector Hiring Forecast

The Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) forecasts that the mining sector will need to hire a total of 830 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics 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 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics in Ontario starting from 2011.
Cumulative Hiring Forecast (base year 2011) 2013 2016 2021

Region: Ontario

Occupation: Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics

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