Millwrights

Install, dismantle, or move machinery and heavy equipment according to layout plans, blueprints, or other drawings.

Median Annual Wage: $50,460

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (63%); Post-secondary certificate (28%); Some college, no degree (6%)

Projected Growth: Faster than average (15% to 21%)

Related Job Titles: Millwright; Maintenance Mechanic; Maintenance Millwright; Millwright Instructor; Precision Millwright

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Millwrights.

More Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Careers

  • Align machines and equipment, using hoists, jacks, hand tools, squares, rules, micrometers, and plumb bobs.
  • Assemble and install equipment, using hand tools and power tools.
  • Lay out mounting holes, using measuring instruments, and drill holes with power drill.
  • Signal crane operator to lower basic assembly units to bedplate, and align unit to centerline.
  • Level bedplate and establish centerline, using straightedge, levels, and transit.
  • Replace defective parts of machine or adjust clearances and alignment of moving parts.
  • Dismantle machines, using hammers, wrenches, crowbars, and other hand tools.
  • Attach moving parts and subassemblies to basic assembly unit, using hand tools and power tools.
  • Move machinery and equipment, using hoists, dollies, rollers, and trucks.
  • Assemble machines, and bolt, weld, rivet, or otherwise fasten them to foundation or other structures, using hand tools and power tools.
  • Conduct preventative maintenance and repair, and lubricate machines and equipment.
  • Bolt parts, such as side and deck plates, jaw plates, and journals, to basic assembly unit.
  • Position steel beams to support bedplates of machines and equipment, using blueprints and schematic drawings, to determine work procedures.
  • Weld, repair, and fabricate equipment or machinery.
  • Shrink-fit bushings, sleeves, rings, liners, gears, and wheels to specified items, using portable gas heating equipment.
  • Fabricate and dismantle parts, equipment, and machines using a cutting torch or other cutting equipment.
  • Dismantle machinery and equipment for shipment to installation site, usually performing installation and maintenance work as part of team.
  • Connect power unit to machines or steam piping to equipment, and test unit to evaluate its mechanical operation.
  • Troubleshoot equipment, electrical components, hydraulics, or other mechanical systems.
  • Construct foundation for machines, using hand tools and building materials such as wood, cement, and steel.
  • Operate engine lathe to grind, file, and turn machine parts to dimensional specifications.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Millwrights.

  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Millwrights.

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