Millwright Careers

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Millwrights install, maintain, diagnose and repair equipment such as compressors, pumps, conveyors, gas and steam turbines, monorails and extruders.

Millwrights perform precision work, sometimes with specifications requiring tolerances to a thousandth of an inch, on industrial machines that usually cost millions of dollars at coal, gas, nuclear and alternative-energy power plants. Their skills are also on display in various types of factories such as automotive, aerospace, food processing and pharmaceuticals.

They learn their trade through a registered apprenticeship program that is typically cost-free to the student. To begin an apprenticeship in the trade, you are required to be 18 years of age and must have a high-school diploma or a GED.

Millwrights can earn up to


After the apprenticeship and based on certifications, a journeyperson millwright (a qualified and skilled person in a trade), can earn up to $24.25 an hour.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Employment of Millwrights is projected to grow 7% from 2016 to 2026, just as fast as the average for all occupations. The need to keep increasingly sophisticated machinery functioning and efficient will continue to create demand for these workers.

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