Pathways to Shipbuilding Information Session

Pathways to Shipbuilding Information Session

Interested in attending an information Session on this Initiative, please contact no later than January 23rd or call Wanda at 902-685-2956

Pathways to Shipbuilding is a training program supported by partners including the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre, Irving Shipbuilding Inc. Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), and the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia, designed to support and train people belonging to groups currently under-represented in shipbuilding. The class of 2021 will support Indigenous People to study trades and prepare for employment in shipbuilding.

Selected students will do a ten-week preparatory course, and then begin certificate programs at NSCC in Industrial Mechanical and Rigging. Successful applicants will do their work-terms at Halifax Shipyard with Irving Shipbuilding, and have an opportunity for employment building ships for the Royal Canadian Navy upon successful completion of the program.

When: January 2020 – May 2021
Where: NSCC Institute of Technology Campus – 5685 Leeds Street, Halifax
What: Train as Industrial Mechanics (Millwrights) and Marine and Industrial Riggers
How to Apply: Contact the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre at

Who should apply:

  • Indigenous People interested in careers in shipbuilding as engine fitters, riggers, crane operators, etc.
  • Must hold Canadian citizenship or permanent residency
  • Participants will be required to live in Halifax, Nova Scotia throughout the program
  • Successful applicants will be required to complete Canadian Government Security Clearances

What is Industrial Mechanics?

The modern industrial plant uses a wide range of mechanical equipment, all of which require installation, maintenance and repair at some point in its operation. 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; install, troubleshoot and maintain power transmission, vacuum, hydraulic and pneumatic systems. You also operate a variety of machine tools and welding equipment.

What is Marine and Industrial Rigging?

Whether it's working on a heavy equipment jobsite or building complicated rigging systems for circuses or theatres, qualified riggers protect lives every day and are a vital part of many industries in Nova Scotia.

As a rigger, you are responsible for lifting and moving objects or loads with cranes, ropes, pulleys, chain hoists and other equipment. In this program, you develop the competencies, skills and knowledge you need to work in the rigging field by learning:

  • How to accurately assess the size and weight of heavy objects
  • The capacity of rigging devices and hoisting ropes, slings and other equipment
  • Operating procedures for effective rigging, lifting and landing of heavy loads
  • Hazardous factors associated with rigging operations and safe work practices
  • How to fabricate, inspect, install and repair rigging slings and lift equipment