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Also called: Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance Millwright, Millwright, Millwright Instructor

What they do:
Install, dismantle, or move machinery and heavy equipment according to layout plans, blueprints, or other drawings.
On the job, you would:
  • Insert shims, adjust tension on nuts and bolts, or position parts, using hand tools and measuring instruments, to set specified clearances between moving and stationary parts.
  • Align machines and equipment, using hoists, jacks, hand tools, squares, rules, micrometers, and plumb bobs.
  • Assemble and install equipment, using hand tools and power tools.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • building and construction
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • figuring out how to use new ideas or things
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • installing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs
  • planning and doing the basic maintenance on equipment


Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • put together small parts with your fingers
Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
  • listen and understand what people say


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Initiative
  • Self Control
  • Analytical Thinking


You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • SolidWorks CAD software
Office suite software
  • Microsoft Office software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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