MILLWRIGHTS install, repair, replace, and dismantle machinery and heavy equipment used in almost every industry. They unload and inspect new equipment and move it into position. When assembling machinery, millwrights fit bearings, align gears and wheels, attach motors, and connect belts according to the manufacturer's layout plans and blueprints. Millwrights measure angles, material thickness, and small distances with tools such as squares, calipers, and micrometers. Millwrights also modify parts to specifications. Millwrights often work closely with computer or electronic experts, electricians, engineers, and manufacturer's representatives.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $52,000 average per year ($25.00 per hour)
- A medium occupation (36,700 workers in 2010)
- Expected to not change (0.0% per year)
MILLWRIGHTS normally train for four years through apprenticeship programs that combine on-the-job training with classroom instruction, or through community college coupled with informal on-the-job training. Employers prefer applicants with a high school diploma and some vocational training or experience. High school courses in physics, mathematics, blueprint reading, computers, electronics, mechanical drawing, and machine shop practice will be useful. No special licensing or certification is required for millwrights.