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Industrial Mechanical

Learn how to install, repair and maintain industrial equipment.

A man in protective eye goggles works on a small piece of mechanical equipment.
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The modern industrial plant uses a wide range of mechanical equipment, all of which require installation, maintenance and repair. This program prepares you for an entry-level position in the Industrial Mechanic trade.

In this trade, you install, repair and maintain industrial plant machinery and equipment. You read and interpret blueprints; dismantle and move stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment; and install, troubleshoot and maintain power transmission, vacuum, hydraulic and pneumatic systems.

You also operate a variety of machine tools and welding equipment.

Work experience

  • Work placement is a mandatory credit course, providing the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
    • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
    • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

Choose NSCC

  • This program was created in consultation with industry. You get the skills you need to succeed as an Industrial Mechanic.
  • You work alongside faculty who bring hands-on industry experience to the classroom.
  • This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. To prepare for employment, you participate in safety awareness courses.

Other info

  • If you're chemically sensitive, it's important to note that chemicals (petroleum products), cutting fluids and lubricants are commonly used in the Industrial Mechanic trade.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official criminal record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

2022-23 programs

Program delivery may be subject to change based on Public Health guidelines.

September 2022

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Institute of Technology Campus Halifax Full time In person Delivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements. Waitlist

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • Portfolio development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.


Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):
Tuition (International):

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

  • Graduates work in manufacturing or processing plants, refineries, pulp and paper mills, mines, shipyards and in private maintenance and fabrication shops.
  • Learn more about labour market information. Visit Career Options

Future study options

  • This program is a first step towards certification in the Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) trade. To become certified, you must register as an apprentice with Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA). Once registered, you can transfer credit from this program towards your apprenticeship.
  • Certification with a Red Seal – Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) is a designated trade in Nova Scotia. Graduates who complete an apprenticeship program in this trade are eligible to write the provincial certification exam, receive their certification and Red Seal. The Red Seal allows certified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada – where the trade is designated – without having to write further examinations.

Courses may include

These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.

Recognizing prior learning / transfer credits
If you have previous learning (course, employment, etc...) that's relevant to your program, you can apply to earn credit. Learn about our recognizing prior learning (RPL) process.

CADD 1000 - AutoCAD Level I
In this introduction to Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software, students gain knowledge in the use and principles of Computer Aided Drafting. The primary emphasis is the application of AutoCADĀ®, an industry-standard Computer Aided Drafting software program. Specific hardware used in the CAD environment is introduced and utilized.

COMM 1227 - Communications I
This course provides the student with an overview of the communication skills required by business and industry. Students will learn to apply these communication skills to be successful in their selected workplace setting.

COMM 1228 - Communications II
This course further develops essential communications skills with a focus on basic writing. This course provides the student with the opportunity to develop written work typical of the industry related to their program of study.

INME 1017 - Metallurgy
This course introduces the learners to the various ferrous and non-ferrous metals and their applications in this trade. Learners will select the proper material for the assigned project and will use different heat treatment methods (hardening, tempering, etc.) and test methods.

INME 1020 - Engineering Drawings
This course will provide the Learner with the basic skills needed to interpret engineering drawings. Learners will create their own sketches and drawings that will be used in the machining segments of the program.

INME 1036 - Introduction to Fluid Power
This course offers an introduction to the principles of fluid power and pneumatics and the physics involved in their operation. The course includes instruction in component design and operation (actuators, conductors, pump, etc.). With the use of symbology according to ISO and ANSI standards, the learners will design circuits, assemble components on student trainers and troubleshoot the designed system.

INME 1037 - Welding I
This course introduces the safety, equipment and procedures necessary to set up and use oxyfuel and electric arc welding equipment. Learners will have the opportunity to weld using the SMAW process and cut steel in a workshop setting.

INME 1038 - Welding II
This course provides instruction in the correct use and operation of MIG and TIG welding equipment with an emphasis on safety.

INME 1039 - Shop Tools
This course covers the various types and uses of shop tools and equipment. Learners will select, use, and maintain hand tools and fasteners. Learners will be required to demonstrate the safe operation and handling of all tools and fasteners.

INME 1040 - Power Tools and Drilling
The skills developed in this course are important in order to fabricate and repair parts. Material presents the theory and use of the common industrial mechanical machine tools such as power cut-off saws, band saws, grinders, and hand-held power tools and the safe methods of use for these machines and their attachments. Procedures covered will enable learners to adjust, repair and maintain these machines and their accessories. This course introduces the learner to safe use of various types of drilling machines (radial arm, upright, etc.) and procedures used to perform various operations on the drill presses (reaming, counter boring, countersinking, etc.).

INME 1041 - Measuring and Precision Machining
This introductory course provides basic knowledge of the use of precision and semi-precision measuring tools to ensure the proper installation and repair of equipment by utilizing these measuring tools and measuring practices. The basic mechanical systems and components will be covered and upon completion learners should be capable of machining components to specific tolerances.

INME 1042 - Applied Math
This course provides learners with the foundational mathematical skills upon which all further application of mathematical calculations, processes and concepts are based. Material builds skills including using powers and roots, understanding patterns and relations, and solving problems using shape and spatial sense.

INME 1043 - Precision Machining II
The learner will be introduced to the safe operation of milling machines (slotting, facing, use of a dividing head, etc.) and will use them to complete various shop projects.

INME 1044 - Rigging
This course covers the safe procedures for moving a piece of equipment or material. Learners will select the proper procedure by estimating the weight of the load, centre of gravity, and equipment availability.

INME 1045 - Introduction to Direct Drive Systems
This course introduces the most common forms of power transmission: belt drives, chain drives, and gear drives. Their components will be examined as well as their application to conveyor systems and drive lines.

INME 1046 - Introduction to Indirect Drive Systems
This course introduces types of prime movers and their applications. Bearings, both anti-friction and friction, will be demonstrated. Course material also covers the lubrication of drive systems.

INME 1100 - Work Experience
The work experience component provides the learner with an opportunity to apply new skills and concepts appropriate for entry-level positions within the occupation. Learners will assess their own performance and be evaluated by an industry partner. Learners will identify personal outcomes they wish to attain during the work experience and will keep a journal.

SAFE 1000 - Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
This course offers learners basic overview of WHMIS principles and establishes a solid foundation to support workplace-specific training on the safe storage and handling of controlled/hazardous products. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive basic WHMIS certification.

SAFE 1001 - Introduction to NS OH&S Act
This course offers students an introduction to the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Act of Nova Scotia, which is required by any person employed in a Nova Scotia workplace. This is a generic, introductory course that provides basic knowledge of the Act for students and is considered to be the basis from which more specific training can be given.

SAFE 1020 - Introduction to Confined Space
The learner is introduced to the basic requirements and procedures involved with confined spaces. The definition and associated hazards of confined space are discussed as well as methods of confined space rescue. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1021 - Introduction to Hazard Identification
The learners are introduced to the types of hazards encountered in workplaces and the approach that should be followed when recommending and implementing appropriate controls. Two key elements of Hazard Identification are addressed: Hazard Assessment and Inspection. The Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Act is discussed. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1022 - Introduction to Fall Arrest and Protection
The learner is introduced to fall protection, fall prevention and fall arrest concepts and responsibilities at the workplace. Guardrails, travel restraints, roof work, fall arrest components will be discussed and the learner will be given the opportunity to demonstrate the use of selected equipment. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1023 - Introduction to Lock-out Tag Out
Lock-out Tag Out introduces the learner to the hazards related to energized systems and procedures to ensure worker safety. Related legislation and risk management is discussed and the learner is exposed to the various types of lock-out devices. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1024 - Introduction to Respiratory Protection
The learner is introduced to the potential of atmospheric hazards in the workplace and the available personal protection and control methods to maintain a safe work environment. Discussion includes identification and testing for atmospheric hazards and workplace respiratory programs. The learner will be given the opportunity to select, use and maintain respiratory equipment. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

WORK 1100 - Workplace Mentoring I
This unit of instruction is designed to assist learners in managing their learning as an apprentice in the workplace. Learners will study their own experiences with learning new skills and identify their own learning preferences as an aid to developing learning strategies.

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