Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) - Exam Information

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Exam Breakdown

Each Red Seal exam's questions are developed to assess the activities laid out in the Red Seal Occupational Standard. This trade's Red Seal exam has 135 questions Footnote *, which are distributed as follows:

Major Work Activity A - Performs common occupational skills - 25 questions
Task A-1 Performs safety-related functions
4 questions
Task A-2 Uses tools and equipment
5 questions
Task A-3 Performs routine trade tasks
7 questions
Task A-4 Uses communication and mentoring techniques
3 questions
Task A-5 Performs measuring and layout
4 questions
Task A-6 Performs cutting and welding operations
2 questions
Major Work Activity B - Performs rigging, hoisting/lifting and moving - 17 questions
Task B-7 Plans rigging, hoisting/lifting and moving
8 questions
Task B-8 Rigs, hoists/lifts and moves load
9 questions
Major Work Activity C - Services mechanical power transmission components and systems - 32 questions
Task C-9 Services prime movers
5 questions
Task C-10 Services shafts, bearings and seals
6 questions
Task C-11 Services couplings, clutches and brakes
5 questions
Task C-12 Services chain and belt drive systems
5 questions
Task C-13 Services gear systems
5 questions
Task C-14 Performs shaft alignment procedures
6 questions
Major Work Activity D - Services material handling / process systems - 24 questions
Task D-15 Services robotics and automated equipment
1 questions
Task D-16 Services fans and blowers
4 questions
Task D-17 Services pumps
5 questions
Task D-18 Services compressors
5 questions
Task D-19 Services process piping, tanks and containers
4 questions
Task D-20 Services conveying systems
5 questions
Major Work Activity E - Services fluid power systems - 21 questions
Task E-21 Services hydraulic systems
12 questions
Task E-22 Services pneumatic and vacuum systems
9 questions
Major Work Activity F - Performs preventative and predictive maintenance, commissioning and decommissioning - 16 questions
Task F-23 Performs preventative and predictive maintenance
11 questions
Task F-24 Commissions and decommissions equipment
5 questions

Types of Exam Questions

All Red Seal exam questions are written in multiple-choice format. A multiple-choice question consists of question followed by four possible responses (A, B, C, D). Every question has exactly one correct answer and three incorrect options. They are not misleading or trick questions, but the incorrect options are not always obvious.

There are three types of questions that you will see on Red Seal Exams:

  • Knowledge and Recall
  • Procedural and Application
  • Critical Thinking

Knowledge and Recall

This type of question tests your ability to recall and understand definitions, facts and principles.

For this trade, between 30 and 40% of questions that are this type.

Example of a Knowledge and Recall Question:

What is required when working from heights?

  1. Hard hat.
  2. Fall arrest equipment.
  3. Safety glasses.
  4. Steel-toed work boots.

Answer: B

Procedural and Application

This type of question tests your ability to apply your knowledge of procedures to a situation.

For this trade, between 40 and 50% of questions are this type.

Example of a Procedural and Application Question:

What is the procedure to drill a 1-in. hole in a mild steel plate?

  1. Scribe mark material, drill pilot hole, then drill final bit size.
  2. Drill pilot hole, then drill final bit size.
  3. Make punch mark, drill pilot hole, then drill final bit size.
  4. Scribe mark material, then drill final bit size.

Answer: C

Critical Thinking

This type of question tests  your ability to interpret data, solve problems and arrive at valid conclusions.

For this trade, between 20 and 30% of questions are this type.

Example of a Critical Thinking Question:

A conveyor belt is running out of line beneath a chute. What is the cause?

  1. Belt tension is uneven.
  2. Skirting is too close to belt.
  3. Skirting is too far away from belt.
  4. Scraper is out of alignment.

Answer: A

Try more sample questions for this trade and check out the Exam Preparation Guide. It will give you practical insights on what goes into Red Seal exams, and how you can best prepare yourself to do well.

For more information about exam preparation materials contact your provincial/territorial apprenticeship office.