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Millwrights

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.
  • Level bedplate and establish centerline, using straightedge, levels, and transit.
  • Align machines or equipment, using hoists, jacks, hand tools, squares, rules, micrometers, lasers, or plumb bobs.

Knowledge

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

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Technical
  • watching gauges, dials, or display screens to make sure a machine is working
  • installing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • 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
  • order or arrange things
  • notice when problems happen
Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say

Personality

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
  • Cooperation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Stress Tolerance

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software Hot Technology
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Hot Technology
  • Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology
Enterprise resource planning ERP software Hot Technology
  • SAP Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

Examples of Registered Apprenticeship programs include:

  • Automated Equipment Engineer-Technician
  • Machinery Erector
  • Millwright

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$53,980
$33,350
$80,090

Green Green jobs will increase the demand for this type of work.

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