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Millwright (Industrial Mechanic)



Competition # : 33687 

Department: Public Works


Type of Employment: Year Round 

Union Status: CUPE - NSPG 

Closing Date: 12/9/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)


Under Article 13 of the Collective Agreement between the Nova Scotia Department of Public Works and the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 1867, the following opportunity is being posted.


Please quote the competition number and the Zone you are applying for as noted above on your application.

About Us


Maintaining our provincial infrastructure is no small job. We’re recruiting for people like you to help our Province achieve big things.


The Fleet Services Division of the Department of Public Works supports the back bone of our provincial highway infrastructure. We are located at Miller Lake, the central Fleet Services hub of the province. At Miller Lake, we are pivotal in ensuring the equipment used to maintain, repair, and build Nova Scotia’s 23,000 kilometers of roads and highways, and 4,100 bridges, is always ready to go.


If you are focused and committed to ensuring the safety of our roads and helping the public arrive safely to their destination, then we have the perfect opportunity for you.


About Our Opportunity


Under the general supervision of the Welding Shop Supervisor, the Millwright (Industrial Mechanic) is responsible for setting up and operating a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. The Millwright (Industrial Mechanic) uses precision instruments to fabricate, modify or repair mechanical parts and instruments for trucks, marine and other equipment. They may also design, fabricate, refurbish, and modify/customize parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, shop mathematics, metal properties, layout, welding, and machining procedures.


Primary Accountabilities


Your primary accountabilities are:


  • Reading and interpreting engineering drawings, blueprints, charts and tables, or studying sample parts as well as conducting pattern checks to determine machining operations to be performed and planning the best sequence of operations.
  • Setting up, operating and maintaining a variety of machine tools including manual and computer numerically controlled tools to perform precision, repetitive and non-repetitive machining operations such as sawing, turning, milling, boring, planning, drilling, precision grinding, lathe work, iron work, line bore, and other operations.
  • Fabricating jigs, templates, and planning layouts to ensure that metals are cut cost effectively to reduce waste. Bolting, clamping, and welding parts to secure in position for welding
  • Ensuring materials are properly rigged for lifting. Disassembling, fitting, and assembling machined metal parts and subassemblies using hand and power tools
  • Verifying dimensions of products for accuracy and conformance to specifications using precision measuring instruments.


You may also set up and program machine tools for use by machining tool operators and/or troubleshoot and complete minor repairs to machining equipment.


Qualifications and Experience


Grade 12 and Provincial Certificate of Qualification in the Industrial Mechanic Trade with Red Seal Interprovincial certification.


A knowledge of computer controlled diagnostic technology and computer competency are assets.


The successful completion of training and knowledge of Occupational health and Safety Act, First Aid, and WHMIS would be considered assets.


Must demonstrate oral and written communication skills and the ability to work in a team.


In this role you consistently demonstrate initiative, remaining up to date in changes to equipment, methods and technology within the mechanical field. Strong communication skills are necessary for the times when you will be helping staff diagnose and resolve equipment issues. You must also be able to work effectively with minimal supervision as most of the time will be spent working independently. Professionalism and a high standard for client and customer service is required.




Based on the employment status and union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offerings and eligibility criteria.


Working Conditions


Work is performed in a mechanical repair environment occasioned by noise, smoke and gas fumes and, at times, adverse weather conditions while operating in a field environment. Considerable standing, lifting, carrying and moving about is a requirement of this position.


Additional Information


On October 6, 2021 the Government of Nova Scotia announced full vaccination will be a condition of employment for new staff being hired. View the news release here.


There is one (1) opportunity available.


This opportunity is for a 52-week Year-Round position – the duties of which are full time and continuous in nature.


Most of your work will be located at Miller Lake, but you will be required to travel and work in other mechanic shops throughout the province as required.


You must bring your own mechanical tools.


What We Offer


  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
  • Engaging workplace. Our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in. We have forward-thinking policies and strategies.
  • Countless Career Paths.




Salary Range:  $29.25 Hourly


Employment Equity Statement: 

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current CUPE local 1867 employees with a date of seniority.  The successful candidate(s) will be expected to perform duties as necessary within their zone. Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued.  PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 


Current employees may apply to this position through the following link:



Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to