Millwrights maintain and repair stationary industrial machinery, equipment and systems and are often involved with installing, maintaining, repairing and removing equipment. Millwrights also perform routine maintenance activities, such as cleaning and lubricating equipment, adjusting valves and seals, and investigating breakdowns.

Program Supports

  • Accommodations (for out-of-town clients’ ONLY)
  • Mileage (based on NPAAMB policy and individual assessment)
  • Bus Pass (for local travel) • PPE (Safety equipment)
  • Earn up to $300 a week.
  • * NPAAMB Training Supports Available (will be reviewed on a individual basis).

Am I Eligible?

  1. Senior level high school, or equivalent (is encouraged).
  2. Meet minimum NPAAMB requirements:
    1. Registered NPAAMB client;
    2. Resides in one of the following urban centres:
      1. Brantford, ON.
      2. Fort Erie, ON.
      3. Hamilton, ON.
      4. Kitchener/Waterloo, ON.
      5. Niagara Falls, ON.
      6. St. Catharines, ON.
    3. Self-identified as an Aboriginal person: (Status/Non-status First Nations, Métis and Inuit);
    4. Between ages of 18 and 30; 3)
  3. Out of school/unemployed and/or underemployed;
  4. Ontario driver’s license (is encouraged).
  5. Willingness to participate actively in math upgrading.
  6. Commitment to full attendance and conduct expectations.
  7. Demonstration that you have researched millwright as a career.
  • I enrolled into a part-time Academic Career Entrance (ACE) Program followed by a Pre-Health Certificate Program, which I then graduated from. Completing these programs helped me build my confidence, which then carried me to my acceptance into the Environmental Field & Laboratory Co-op Diploma Program at Niagara College. This was a two-year program with a mandatory internship after the first year. Being new, this program challenged me, especially in the first year. I began accumulating my co-op hours, which is when I was introduced to the Niagara Peninsula Aboriginal Area Management Board (NPAAMB). NPAAMB demonstrated understanding and acceptance for urban indigenous youth who strived to achieve their dreams, such as myself. I began volunteering with organizations and sharing NPAAMB’s flyers with them in hopes of possibly creating an employment opportunity. It was not long after, that a not-for-profit organization called Drainage Investment Group (DIG) reached out to NPAAMB to form a partnership. Weeks later, I was hired as a full-time Environmental Field & Research Technician.

    Throughout the summer I learned so much from my mentors in the field. With NPAAMB’s continued support, I became a certified Ontario Electro-Fishing Backpack and Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network Participant. The certifications helped me become successful in my second year of the program. Thanks to NPAAMB’s support, I was able to obtain the mandatory co-op hours needed to become an Environmental Field & Laboratory Technician. To continue fulfilling my dreams, I enrolled into the Ecosystem Restoration Post-Graduate Certificate Program at Niagara College. During that time, I was invited to study abroad something I had only dreamed of doing. With NPAAMB’s support, I found myself applying for the study abroad program right away. The program was based on ecological restoration, sending students travelling to Central America to learn and adapt environmental practices of the world’s leading carbon-neutral country, Costa Rica. In no time I found myself in complete awe learning about the tropical rainforest in Costa Rica. Later travelling to places such as Montana de Fuego and Monteverde cloud forest. This would be by far, the best experience I could have ever asked for, as I learned so much from the amazing country. It would not be long after my studies abroad, that I would find myself graduating with honours, as an Ecosystem Restoration Practitioner, with a job opportunity waiting for me as a Species at Risk Field and Research Assistant. My previous employer DIG and NPAAMB connected, creating my dream job; working toward the preservation of species at risk. Which leads me to say, I am now helping preserve endangered species in the Niagara Region in order to help maintain our unique vital ecosystems.

    To conclude my testimonial, I would like to acknowledge the Niagara Peninsula Aboriginal Area Board and Rhonda Dickenson for always supporting and believing in me. Your generous contributions throughout my studies, has made my educational experience a memorable one. I now have the confidence and perseverance to keep reaching for higher education and unique experiences.

    Thanks for encouraging me to pursue my dreams.

    Miigwetch / Nia:wen / Thank you / Merci

    Brittney Poucachiche

  • I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for helping me find my placement at the Hamilton Chapter of Native Women’s Centre. It was a great experience for me. The training I obtained greatly assisted me in preparing for my post-secondary journey where I am studying to obtain my BSW. As well due to my placement and the assistance from NPAAMB, I have been able to acquire a part-time position at Honoring the Circle as well as at the King Street location while completing my studies. Due to that I am constantly gaining more practical experience in my field as well as knowledge that will make me an asset to any organization upon the completion of my degree.

    Misty Lynn Kelly

  • I wanted to take the time to acknowledge your efforts in helping me to secure my carrier goal as a gas fitter. Without the assistance of NPAAMB I would not have been able to afford the training costs that in the end led to my full time employment as a Gas fitter and Technician. The training that I received placed me in my carrier immediately after the completion of my course. Thank you again for all of your efforts and helping me to achieve my goals.

    Antonio Ciampaglia

  • From the moment that my Master's supervisor informed me of the International Society for Posture and Gait Research Conference, I knew I had to attend, regardless of whether it was being held in Seville, Spain or not. As a masters student at Laurier University in Waterloo, this was the perfect opportunity to network with my peers and superiors across the world. Finances are often a barrier to success and new experiences, but NPAAMB ensured this would not be an issue for my path. As a recipient of their sponsorship, I want to thank NPAAMB for providing me with the opportunity to network within my field of work in biomechanical research and allowing me to expand my cultural experiences abroad!

    Elizabeth McLeod