About Us

The Saskatchewan and Manitoba Regional Councils merged in January 2012 to become the Prairie Arctic Regional Council of Carpenters, Drywallers, Millwrights, and Allied Workers. (PARC for short!) The new council not only serves the provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba but also the Northwest Territories and Nunavut and covers approximately 4.7 million square kilometers.


PARC currently has two millwright locals, four carpenter locals and one mulit-craft local serving a diverse group of unionized workers across the prairies. The two millwright locals are involved in new construction and the maintenance of existing facilities. Two of the carpenter locals cover scaffolding, drywall, and all aspects of carpentry for the construction industry, as well as refrigeration and manufacturing. The third local is involved with school division #1 in Winnipeg and the fourth local is working closely with Hudson's Bay Mining and Smelting in Flin Flon Manitoba.

We now service approximately 2800 members and continue to grow at a rapid pace. There are training centers in Winnipeg, Regina, and Saskatoon that are dedicated to providing the most up to date safety and skills training to our members. Our contractors expect the very best tradespeople that the industry has to offer and our training centers make sure we can deliver. We have the most comprehensive safety training in the industry and believe in life-long learning. Our journey persons don't just achieve their Red Seal and stop there, they are constantly upgrading their skills in the latest technologies for their respective industries and maintaining their safety training to keep up with the newest guidelines.

If there was ever a time to work Union in our area it is now. From contractors thinking about a new way of doing business to tradespeople looking for a change there has never been a better time. We are highly skilled, productive, and safe. We provide learning opportunities and careers that you can be proud of. Call us or drop by, we welcome an opportunity to meet you.


Millwright Local 1021

"Industrial mechanic (Millwright)" is this trade's official Red Seal occupational title approved by the CCDA.

Industrial Mechanics (millwrights) work on industrial machinery and mechanical equipment. This equipment may include mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic, fuel, lubrication, cooling and exhaust systems and equipment. Some of the components they work on include pumps, fans, tanks, conveyors, presses, generators, and pneumatic and hydraulic controls.

Industrial Mechanics (millwrights) are responsible for assembling, installing, aligning, maintaining, troubleshooting, inspecting, dismantling and moving this machinery and equipment. In addition, they diagnose irregularities and malfunctions, make adjustments and repair or replace parts. Cleaning, adjusting and lubricating machinery are also important maintenance tasks of the trade.

Other tasks that are performed in this trade may include: welding, cutting and machining, or preparing bases for equipment as required.  Blueprints, diagrams, schematic drawings and manuals assist industrial mechanics (millwrights) in determining work procedures.

Industrial mechanics (millwrights) work with a wide variety of tools including both hand and power tools. Larger machine tools such as lathes, drill presses and grinders may be used in fabrication of machine parts. Hoisting and lifting equipment such as cranes, jacks and forklifts is commonly used to position large machines or machine parts.

Millwrights employed in the construction industry are generally engaged in the initial installation of machinery and equipment. Those working in the industrial sector are employed in manufacturing or processing plants, utilities or other industrial establishments and are involved with the installation, maintenance and repair of machinery and equipment. Industrial mechanics can also be employed in light industry sectors such as grain/wheat handling.

The work environment for industrial mechanics (millwrights) is varied and may involve working in extreme or adverse conditions. They may work in confined spaces, at heights, with heavy equipment and around moving machinery. The work often requires considerable standing, kneeling and lifting of heavy materials.

Key skills for people in this trade are mechanical aptitude, problem-solving, communication, job planning and organizing and the ability to use trade-related calculations. They must have the ability to detect malfunctions through sensory tests which are often confirmed by technical tests. Other important attributes include good coordination, manual dexterity and the ability to visualize a layout in 3 dimensions.

Industrial mechanics (millwrights) often possess overlapping skills with other trades such as steamfitter/pipefitter, industrial instrument mechanic, welder, machinist or industrial electrician. Industrial mechanics (millwrights) may also work in specialized areas of the trade such as fluid analysis, vibration analysis and laser alignment.



Carpenters Local 1985

Carpenters work throughout the construction industry. They are the largest group of the building trades workers. They saw, shape, and fasten wood to build houses and other buildings. They also build cabinets, doors, and other objects made of wood. They work on construction sites, inside buildings, in factories, and in small woodworking shops. Carpenters use both power and hand tools such as hammers, saws, drills, and chisels. They fasten wood with nails, screws, bolts, and glue.

Carpentry work can be divided into two categories: rough carpentry and finish carpentry. Rough carpenters often work outdoors where they begin projects using unfinished wood and other building materials. They frame houses, build scaffolding, and make forms to be filled with concrete. Forms are used to mold concrete for bridges, highways, and house foundations. Finish carpenters include those who cut and fit doors, windows, and interior molding. They also build and install cabinets, lay hardwood floors, and panel rooms.

Some carpenters build sets for theaters and television studios while others build wharves and docks. Millworkers, carpenters who work in factories, make prefabricated (ready-made) parts for buildings, such as window frames, cabinets, and partitions. These parts are shipped already assembled to the construction site. Other millworkers are employed by lumberyards, cutting lumber and building prefabricated structures such as walls, floors, and ceilings. Some carpenters specialize in cabinetmaking, custom designing cabinates, counters, shelves, and other fixtures for homes, stores, and restaurants. A few cabinetmakers specialize in building fine furniture by hand. Some carpenters work with other materials in addition to wood. They apply drywall or pre-finished coverings, such as vinyl, to ceilings, walls, and partitions. Carpenters can also specialize in installing acoustical panels to soundproof rooms.

Carpenters may work on large construction sites or in small workshops. Most carpenters are employed by contractors and builders. Those who work in cities often specialize in one kind of carpentry, while carpenters working in rural areas may do many kinds of rough and finish work.


Education and Training Requirements

A high school diploma is preferred but not required. While in school, you should take courses in woodworking, mechanical drawing, and mathematics. The best way to become a carpenter is to complete a union-contractor apprenticeship program. Applicants should be at least seventeen years of age and are chosen on the basis of written tests and interviews. You should have manual dexterity and the ability to imagine how things will look when assembled. You must be able to do simple arithmetic and you should also be strong and in good health. The formal apprenticeship program takes three to four years to complete and consists of about eight thousand hours of on-the-job training and at least 144 hours of classroom instruction each year. In the classes, apprentices learn structural design, common framing systems, how to read blueprints, and simple layouts. On the job, apprentices learn the techniques and operations of carpentry from experienced carpenters on a less formal basis. A formal apprenticeship is a good way to find out whether carpentry is the trade you really want to be in.


Getting the Job

Those who can obtain an all-around knowledge of construction through high school courses will have a better chance of joining an apprenticeship program. Applicants who have experience in semiskilled work related to carpentry also have a good chance of becoming apprentices. Carpenters may also learn the trade by working as helpers for contractors. However, this kind of training takes longer and is not as thorough as the four-year apprenticeship program. Furthermore, carpenters who have taken part in the formal program earn union wages, which are generally higher than the wages earned by non-union carpenters.


Advancement Possibilities and Employment Outlook

Experienced carpenters can become supervisors of crews of carpenters and eventually may become general superintendents of construction sites. Some carpenters become estimators and analyze the duration and costs of materials and labor for a job. Often carpenters become contractors and almost one-third of all carpenters own their own businesses. This percentage is higher than the average for all construction trades. Self-employed carpenters make cabinets and furniture, do repair work, and remodel houses.

About 1.2 million people are employed as carpenters in the United States. While the occupation is large and turnover is high, employment is expected to continue to increase at the same rate as the average through the year 2012. The introduction of prefabricated structures has reduced job opportunities for carpenters, especially for those doing rough carpentry. Employment opportunities in the construction industry vary with the state of the economy.


Working Conditions

Rough carpenters work outdoors most of the time. They can expect to lose work time in winter and when the weather is bad. While most people work 2,000 hours a year, carpenters can count on working only 1,400 hours a year. Both finish carpenters and rough carpenters can expect to lose time because of layoffs and material shortages.

Carpenters take pride in their workmanship because they are very precise and pay attention to detail. They must be willing to follow set standards and rules in their work. Carpenters must have a good deal of stamina because their work is active and somewhat strenuous, it requires standing, squatting, stooping, bending, and climbing. They must have a good sense of balance; there is often the risk of falling. Carpenters use rough materials, sharp tools, and powerful equipment and must be aware of the hazards.

Most carpenters work forty-hour weeks. Higher wages are paid for overtime work. Overtime is generally available depending on the job and its deadline for completion. Many carpenters belong to labor unions.

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