Industrial Mechanics


Program Overview

If you like working with machinery, enjoy solving mechanical problems and are good with your hands, check out Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Industrial Mechanics program. You’ll get the basic knowledge and skills you need to install, repair, overhaul and maintain stationary, industrial machinery and mechanical equipment.

Demand for industrial mechanics—also called millwrights—is high across western Canada. Oil & gas and mining are big employers, but there’s also demand in manufacturing, milling, power generation and chemical plants.

Industrial Mechanics is a one-year certificate program offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon campus and Saskatchewan Polytechnic Prince Albert campus. Working in well-equipped shops with highly qualified instructors, you’ll get practical, hands-on training in:

  • basic math, drafting and blueprint reading
  • basic welding, fabrication and installation
  • conveyance systems, pumps and pipe fitting
  • mechanical components
  • overhead travelling crane certification
  • preventative maintenance
  • using tools of the trade

50% Shop Time, 50% Class Time

Hands-on learning means you’ll spend much of your time applying what you learn in Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s well-equipped shops. Strong industry support for our students means you’ll work with the latest tools and equipment. You’ll also get a chance to apply your skills during a two-week work experience.

Get a Head Start on Apprenticeship

Your Saskatchewan Polytechnic certificate gives you advanced standing (both technical training and trade time) as an apprentice in the Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) trade. Getting your journeyperson’s ticket earns you higher pay and lets you work anywhere in Canada. Learn more at Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC).


International applicants are not currently considered for admission to this program.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Saskatchewan Polytechnic Industrial Mechanics graduates work in many different industries: oil and gas, mining, milling, manufacturing, power generation and processing. Wherever mechanical equipment and machines need to be installed, repaired, overhauled and maintained, there is work for industrial mechanics and millwrights.

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September

Length: 32 weeks


  • Prince Albert
  • Saskatoon


Admission Requirements

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.


  • 65 Arithmetic
  • 65 Reading
  • 60 Sentence

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.




PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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