As a millwright apprentice, Clinton is busy working on multiple projects. Millwrights fix all the machinery on site, install new machinery, fabricate, weld and rebuild equipment. They are also responsible for maintenance. Clinton thoroughly enjoys his work. "I love working with wrenches. I love having the experience to be able to rip apart machinery and to be able to rebuild it."
When he started, Clinton was a labourer with no specific background in mechanics. The maintenance supervisor offered him an apprenticeship and he has progressed from there. He has attended technical school for two months each year, as part of a four-year-apprenticeship.
For Clinton, every shift is different. "As a millwright you go through everything that's involved with that machine and look for any defect that could potentially shut it down."
Aggregate mines have different plants on the site, with one plant processing materials that then move to another plant. If one stops, this might start a chain reaction that ends up shutting down other plants.
Clinton believes that to enjoy a career as a millwright, you must be comfortable getting greasy and dirty. You need to get along with other people, since you work throughout the site. You read blueprints, look at schematics, come up with your own ideas and actually get a job done. You also have to think about the safety aspects of every job.
Clinton likes BC, for the scenery and the activities he can do on his days off. He plans to qualify ad a millwright in BC and get his Red Seal certification, which would enable him to practice his trade across the country.