Millwrights are responsible for installing, repairing and troubleshooting mechanical equipment at production plants, farms and construction sites. They will use a variety of hand tools and equipment for cutting. Plus, they weld, interpret diagrams and create schematic drawings to complete a project. Millwrights work primarily with metal and high-precision machinery and equipment.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Install, maintain, repair, troubleshoot and test machinery and specialized equipment
  • Perform welding, metal fabrication and electrical assembly
  • Read and interpret diagrams, schematic drawings and service manuals
  • Operate forklifts, dollies, man lifts and other equipment
  • Fit bearings, align gears and shafts, attach motors and connect couplings
  • Provide drawing reviews and suggestions related to part inspection and testing
  • Service and repair hydraulic and pneumatic systems
  • Signal crane and lift operators, indicating where to put machinery, as needed
  • Maintain a safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules and regulations
  • Ensure correct and safe operation of all equipment and machinery
  • Reassemble machines and equipment
  • Maintain equipment history and documentation while identifying opportunities for improvement
  • Install robots and program electronic controls
  • Work with other departments to ensure a productive team environment
  • Visualize and build projects from the ground up
  • Operate machines to modify parts tested or to fabricate experimental parts for testing

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education, particularly agricultural mechanics
  • science
  • geometry
  • physics and related math and science classes

Education/Training Required:

In the United States, millwrights need at least a high school diploma or equivalent. Most millwrights learn their trade through a three- or four-year apprenticeship where they complete at least 144 hours of relevant technical instruction and up to 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training.

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