Structure of the Occupational Standard

To facilitate understanding of the occupation, this standard contains the following sections:

Description of the Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) trade: An overview of the trade’s duties, work environment, job requirements, similar occupations and career progression

Trends in the Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) trade: Some of the trends identified by industry as being the most important for workers in this trade

Essential Skills Summary: An overview of how each of the 9 essential skills is applied in this trade

Industry Expected Performance: description of the expectations regarding the level of performance of the tasks, including information related to specific codes, regulations and standards that must be observed

Language Requirements: description of the language requirements for working and studying in this trade in Canada

Pie Chart: a graph which depicts the national percentages of exam questions assigned to the major work activities

Task Matrix and Examination Weightings: a chart which outlines graphically the major work activities, tasks and sub-tasks of this standard and their respective exam weightings

Major Work Activity (MWA): the largest division within the standard that is comprised of a distinct set of trade activities

  • Task: distinct actions that describe the activities within a major work activity
    • Task Descriptor: a general description of the task
      • Sub-task: distinct actions that describe the activities within a task
        • Essential Skills: The most relevant essential skills for this sub-task
        • Skills:
          • Performance Criteria: description of the activities that are done as the sub-task is performed
          • Evidence of Attainment: proof that the activities of the sub-task meet the expected performance of a tradesperson who has reached journeyperson level
        • Knowledge:
          • Learning Outcomes: describes what should be learned relating to a sub-task while participating in technical or in-school training
          • Learning Objectives: topics to be covered during technical or in-school training in order to meet the learning outcomes for the sub-task
        • Range Variables: elements that provide a more in-depth description of a term used in the performance criteria, evidence of attainment, learning outcomes, or learning objectives

Appendix A – Acronyms: a list of acronyms used in the standard with their full name

Appendix B – Tools and Equipment: a non-exhaustive list of tools and equipment used in this trade

Appendix C – Glossary: definitions or explanations of selected technical terms used in the standard

A complete version of the occupational standard, which provides additional detail for the trade activities, skills and knowledge can be found at