WHAT DO MILLWRIGHTS DO?
Millwrights work in factories, power plants and other industrial settings to move, assemble, install or dismantle machinery. They are incredibly skilled at their job, understanding how a number of different machines work after reading complicated technical plans. The machines they construct may take days or weeks, and they may work solo or in a team.
When a factory is updating its equipment, you will see a millwright in all aspects of their job. They will carefully take apart, categorize and store or move old equipment, analyze plans for new equipment, map out space and unpack and assemble new equipment. Millwrights also repair worn or broken parts.
Millwrights need to be good with tools as well as reading plans, and be comfortable using large equipment like trucks and cranes.
HOW MUCH DO MILLWRIGHTS MAKE?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that in 2010, millwrights made a median hourly income of $23.25, or $48,360 per year.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
Millwrights start out in apprenticeships, which take about 4 years. They can also get two year associate's degrees. Apprenticeships require an applicant to be at least 18, with a high school diploma and the physical ability to do the work.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Mechanical Skills: Millwrights use a wide variety of tools, from hammers and wrenches to blowtorches, forklifts and more. Mechanical aptitude is needed.
- Strength: Millwrights will lift heavy objects, physically manipulate objects with tools and need strength.
- Technical Skills: Millwrights will read blueprints and other technical documents to put machinery together.
- Troubleshooting Skills: Millwrights must be able to follow a problem to the source and solve the issue.
THE FUTURE OF MILLWRIGHTS
Not great. Millwright jobs will decline by 5% from 2010 to 2020, according to the BLS.