Become a Millwright

Become a Millwright

Becoming a Millwright means joining a high tech trade in which you become an expert at the precise alignment, installation, overhauling and troubleshooting of the huge machinery on which our economy depends.

Millwrights rig, hoist, assemble, dismantle, align and adjust mechanical equipment, sometimes to tolerances of 1/1,000th of an inch.

They work in many different industries, making sure assembly lines, gears, pumps, valves, compressors, generators, conveyors and power turbines of all sorts work smoothly and efficiently.

Millwrights need good math, geometry, mechanical and welding skills.

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To graduate from millwright apprentice to journeyworker, you will complete 7,000 hours of on-the-job training (OJT) and 800 hours of classroom learning. Completion hours may vary depending on the region you belong to.

Millwright apprentices will be evaluated through demonstrations of skill and technique, and standard knowledge exams. At the end of the program, you’ll be able to demonstrate working knowledge of the equipment, materials, and techniques needed to succeed within the industry.

Sample Courses

  • OSHA, Millwright 16
  • Precision Tools, First-Aid/CPR/AED
  • Introduction to Welding
  • Introduction to Cutting – plasma cutting, welding
  • Math for the Trades, Introduction to Rigging
  • CITF “Rigging Certification”
  • Millwright Welding Level 3
  • Millwright Welding Level 4
  • Confined Space Training, Mechanical Print Reading – install sole plates
  • Machinery Installation, Leveling and Layout Instruments
  • GE Familiarization – high-torque bolting and tensioning
  • Machinery Alignment, Indicator Alignment, Laser Alignment
  • Millwright Welding Level 5 – welding certification practice
  • Precision Optics
  • Millwright Welding Level 6 – welding certification and advanced techniques, Mig and Tig
  • Millwright Welding Level 7 – welding certification and advanced techniques, Mig and Tig
  • Conveyors, Monorails, and Rack Installation
  • Mechanical Power Transmission and Bearing Projects
  • Flowserve – qualified pump repair
  • Professionalism and “Stepping up to Foreman”