Millwrights typically dismantle, install, assemble, repair and move machinery at construction sites, power plants, and factories. Job duties might also include replacing non-working parts, aligning and adjusting machine parts and making space for new machinery. Millwrights often work alongside industrial machinery workers and maintenance workers.
When taking machines apart to make room for new machinery, a millwright must carefully disassemble, categorize and package each piece of equipment. Millwrights are also required to have knowledge of equipment and tools, including hammers, cutting equipment, levels, welding equipment and brazing equipment. Large scale projects may require the use of cranes, forklifts, winches, hoists and trucks.
Millwrights often complete a four-year apprenticeship program. Apprenticeships often combine on-the-job training with technical lessons. Millwrights also have the option of completing a two-year program before earning an associate's degree in industrial maintenance. Additional requirements for becoming a millwright include having a high school or a GED certificate.
As of 2015, a millwright apprentice must have least 144 hours of technical instruction and at least 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training for every year of his apprenticeship. Programs instruct apprentices on lubricating, how to use electronic devices, repairing, setting up machinery and how to read blueprints. Usually, apprenticeships are sponsored by contractor associations, employers and the state labor department.