Skilled trades program for youth

MEP | Industrial Millwright Mechanic & Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship Program For Youth

The Industrial Millwright Mechanic and Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship Program offers participants training in three trades, ensuring graduates have numerous career paths, a relevant skill set, shop experience and safety certifications. Free for successful applicants ages 18 - 29, this 24-week program is offered in partnership between the Centre for Skills Development and the Government of Ontario to support the demand for skilled trades.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Are you a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident?
  • Are you between 18 and 29 years old?
  • Are you interested in the following trades: Millwright, Machining or Electrical in the Industrial Setting?

If you answered “Yes” to all those questions, then this program might be for you.

Program Schedule

  • 24 weeks of training
  • Full-time Monday to Friday, from 8:00AM to 2:30PM
  • Training takes place in Burlington at two locations
Skilled Trades Site - 3335 North Service Rd, Burlington ON (in-shop training) 
Head Office Site  - 3350 South Service Rd, Burlington ON (theory sessions

This program is for you if you:

  • Like to work with your hands
  • Learn by doing (not sitting at a desk)
  • Want to have a versatile skill set that’s in demand
  • Want an accelerated training program
  • Want to pursue an apprenticeship

Program Breakdown

This training program provides in-class instruction and hands-on training in the following areas:

  • Electrical Theory and Code (CEC)
  • Practical electrical installations
  • Hydraulics and pneumatics
  • Machine theory and practice
  • Rigging and hoisting
  • AC motor control
  • Machine and equipment lubrication
  • Basic Programmable Logic Controls (PLCs)
  • Interpreting engineering drawings
  • Trade calculation and science
  • Threads and fasteners
  • Employability and essential skills
  • Precision measuring tools and equipment
  • Comprehensive safety training

We are now accepting applications for spring 2024

Please note that applying does NOT guarantee the acceptance in the program. Limited spaces available.


Need more information?

If you have any questions or inquiries, please feel free to contact:  Emily Spek at  or 905-333-3499  x 310

Employment Outlook and Information about the different trades

What does an Industrial Millwright Mechanic do?
Millwrights maintain and repair stationary industrial machinery, equipment and systems and are often involved with installing, maintaining, repairing and removing equipment. Millwrights also perform routine maintenance activities, such as cleaning and lubricating equipment, adjusting valves and seals, and investigating breakdowns. According to the Job Bank Canada Labour Market information,  hourly rates for Industrial Millwright Mechanic range from 20.00 - 45.00 per hour across Canada.  

What does an Industrial Electrician do?
Industrial electricians install, maintain, test, troubleshoot and repair industrial electrical equipment and associated electrical and electronic controls. They are employed by electrical contractors and maintenance departments of factories, plants, mines, shipyards and other commercial and industrial establishments. According to the Job Bank Canada Labour Market information,  hourly rates for Industrial Electrician range from 25.64 - 50.00 per hour across Canada.  

What does a Machinist do?
Machinists set up and operate a variety of machine tools to cut or grind metal, plastic or other materials to make or modify parts or products with precise dimensions. Machining and tooling inspectors inspect machined parts and tooling in order to maintain quality control standards. They are employed by machinery, equipment, motor vehicle, automotive parts, aircraft and other metal products manufacturing companies and by machine shops. According to the Job Bank Canada Labour Market information,  hourly rates for Machinist range from 19.00- 38.00 per hour across Canada.

Industrial Millwright Mechanic and Electrician are both red seal trades; this means that you can travel across Canada with these apprenticeships.

There are many opportunities for Millwrights and Electricians; they can work in diverse settings including repair shops, plants, construction sites, mines, logging operations, ski hills and many production and manufacturing facilities – essentially anywhere where machinery is used!

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the program be delivered online or in person?
Typically, the program is scheduled to be in-person, with the occasional online sessions.
However, we reserve the right to adjust the delivery method as needed.
What is the address of the training facility?
During the program, we use 2 different facilities:
Skilled Trades Site - 3335 North Service Rd, Burlington ON (in-shop training)
 Head Office Site - 3350 South Service Rd, Burlington ON (theory sessions)
Is the training facility bus accessible?
Both training facilities are bus accessible, however, please make sure to check but schedules ahead of time.
Is there parking available at the training facility?
There is parking available at both locations.
Skilled Trades Site – Parking is available at the front of the building
Head Office Site – Parking available down the ramp, at the back of the building.
Does the program have a lot of homework?
The Industrial Millwright and Electrical Program does require some additional independent preparation hours outside of scheduled time for homework, practice and test preparation. There are some assignments outside of regular class work that represent trade-specific, theory-based learning in order to prepare students for upcoming classes.
Can I pursue a career in residential electrical upon program completion?
The focus of this program is to train participants for a career in the industrial/manufacturing sectors.
How does Centre for Skills help with my job search?
Participants will receive assistance to create a career action plan and connect them to employers. Participants will also have access to a variety of workshops to help them prepare to job search and work in the industry.
Are there any costs associated with taking the program?
The industrial Millwrights and Electrical Program is a government funded pre-apprenticeship, meaning there is no cost on the participant to attend the training. It is important to note that there will still be living costs associated to being part of the program such as individual housing, gas, food, etc.
What will I have to buy vs. what is provided?
As a successful applicant into the program, you will not need to make any personal financial investments. We provide work boots and safety glasses, dust masks, textbooks and a tool kit to use during the program and keep after graduation.
Will I be certified as an electrician/machinist/millwright once I finish the program?
This program offers a Pre-apprenticeship certificate and transcript that will prepare you to enter employment that leads to apprenticeship.
The MEP program offers many career paths upon completion. If apprenticeship is the path you want to pursue, you can work with you job coach to discuss options available for you based on the employment conditions at that time. The MEP Program curriculum aligns closely with the first year apprentice millwrighting, machining and electrical curriculum, preparing you with the skills and confidence to pursue an apprenticeship.
Upon completion, you would still be required to complete apprenticeship level training, as outlined in the apprenticeship guidelines of Ontario.
For more information regarding the apprenticeship process and requirements, please visit: Apprenticeship in Ontario |

Funded by:

This program is funded by the Government of Ontario.


We are now accepting program applications for 2024!

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