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Millwright Examination

The examination is 3 hours long. It contains 61 questions and each question is worth 1 point. The required passing grade is 60%. The materials for your use during the examination are provided to you. They are: a pencil, a paper sheet, a calculator and an eraser. No other material or reference document is allowed during the examination.

Skill Content on Which Questions May Be Based

Section 1 - Basic work (30%)

  • Rigging and handling equipment and machinery
    • Taking necessary safety measurements when lifting and handling
    • Planning the rigging or handling of equipment or machinery
    • Attaching, lifting and moving a load
  • Working at a height
    • Detecting risks involved in working at a height
    • Adequately using equipment for working at a height
  • Making necessary parts and accessories for the work
    • Using a welding, oxy-acetylene cutting and plasma arc cutting techniques
    • Manually machining a part

Section 2 - Installation and modification of industrial machinery (30%)

  • Preparing machinery installation
    • Interpreting installation plans and technical documents
    • Laying out the machinery
    • Preparing and securing the base that will receive the machinery
  • Putting machinery in place
    • Positioning machinery
    • Connecting machinery and accessories
  • Preparing  machinery start up
    • Making verifications before start up
    • Performing vacuum tests
    • Performing preoperational tests
    • Making start up adjustments

Section 3 - Maintenance and repair of industrial machinery (40%)

  • Planning maintenance or repair operations
    • Interpreting plans and documentation for maintaining machinery
    • Taking safety measures for doing maintenance and repairs
  • Inspecting machinery
    • Inspecting the general condition of production machinery when in operation or off 
  • Maintaining or repairing machinery
    • Using various measuring instruments
    • Dismantling equipment and machinery
    • Offering a diagnosis
    • Making a repair

Samples of questions for provincial qualification examination.

Suggested Documentation

The suggested documents are an important tool to help you prepare for the examination. However, your best asset to write the exam successfully is the quality and diversity of the skills you have acquired during your apprenticeship.

  • BASARABA, Bruce M. IPT’s rotating equipment handbook : machinery reliability & condition monitoring. Edmonton : IPT Publishing, 1995, 500 p.

  • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY ASSOCIATION OF ONTARIO. Hoisting and Rigging Safety Manual, Etobicoke, Ont., CSAO, 2009, 168 p.

  • DAVIS, Thomas Bieber. Mécanique industrielle et maintenance. Repentigny : Éditions Reynald Goulet, 2009, 489 p. (in french only)

  • OBERG, Erik. Machinery’s handbook, 28th ed. New York : Industrial Press, 2008, 2692 p. (en anglais seulement)

  • RÉMY, François. Éléments et organes de machines. Montréal : Éditions du renouveau pédagogique, 1983, 153 p. (in french only)