What is a Certificate of Qualification? It’s the practical exam that we as millwrights take to be licensed inter-provincially as mechanics. We must first work (as an apprentice) for approx. 7200 hours before we can write, with about 800 hours of in-school training. And we must also have a competency book completely signed off with millwright specific tasks that must be successfully completed under a licensed mechanic before signing off.
Whew. Where do I fit in there? I’ve worked almost all of my 7200 hours, I have less than 600 to go. Completed my competency and graduated from school. Now, I study and wait as I collect the remainder of hours as a millwright apprentice. Next, I’ll be licensed as an Industrial Mechanical Millwright (Automation Sector). I came into the trades blind. Tools? I knew makeup brushes, not wrenches. I know when the micrometer is ready to read, I can feel if I’m being too aggressive on it and I know how to use an impact gun, grinder, and I can weld. It’s all learned. What I told my Dad growing up was that “ew that’s for boys” and now I’m working as a mechanical maintenance planner and closely working under mechanical equipment specialists, of whom I’m plucking decades worth of knowledge from. It’s a process and I often can’t photo at work, but I share when I can. I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful Tuesday day!
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