Millwright essential career information:
- 2012 median pay: $49,510
- 2012, number of jobs: 18,230
- Employment growth forecast, 2010-2020: -5 percent
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
Millwrights; what they do:
A millwright is a very hands-on, labor-intensive job for someone interested in manipulating various mechanical parts, using technology and has a steady hand and physical stamina. Millwrights move, breakdown, repair and install machinery and other equipment in a precise and consistent manner according to blue prints and schematics in areas such as construction sites or factories.
A millwright career consists of highly skilled tasks such as dismantling complex equipment, reading technical blueprints and schematics on machinery, aligning moving parts, repairing machinery by removing defective parts, and categorizing and packing parts for shipping.
Millwright careers include using many precision-measuring tools, such as lasers, squares, levels and micrometers. Millwrights use other equipment for cutting and brazing. For bigger jobs, cranes and trucks are commonly used. Millwrights bring parts to the location for a particular machine using cranes, dollies, hoists and other equipment.
Millwrights job titles:
- Industrial Millwright
- Union Millwright
- Maintenance Millwright
- Precision Millwright
- Millwright Instructor
- Maintenance Mechanic
Millwrights Education, Certification and License Requirements
People interested in a millwright career need a high school diploma or equivalent. Some Millwrights have an Associate in Industrial Maintenance degree. In addition, millwrights receive training through an apprenticeship which lasts 3 or 4 years and for each year; apprentices must have at least 144 hours of technical training as well as 2,000 hours of paid onsite training.
To qualify for a millwright apprenticeship an individual must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma and be physically able to handle the work. When onsite, millwrights learn to organize, clean, repair, and operate machinery. Technical instruction involves learning how to read schematics, weld, math, electronics, and how to use air pressure as well as computer training.
Millwrights programs cover subjects such as:
- Mill maintenance
Millwrights Job Outlook
Forecast: decline of 5 percent for millwrights between 2010 and 2020.
Manufacturing businesses purchasing new equipment plays a major role in the demand for millwrights. New computer-controlled equipment also affects the slow growth of millwright employment.
Conversely, millwrights with a broad range of skills have a more favorable job outlook and the retirement of experienced workers also boosts the need for new applicants. Even with changes in manufacturing production levels, millwrights are still needed to keep machines in working order as well as overhaul other important equipment.
- 2012 median annual wage: $49,510
- 2012 workers at the 75th percentile annual wage: $63,710
- 2012, workers at the 25th percentile annual wage: $38,400
- Nonresidential building construction
- Building equipment contractors
- Pulp, paper and paperboard mills
- Motor vehicle parts manufacturing companies