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Life As a Millwright

Job Description & Duties Install, dismantle, or move machinery and heavy equipment according to layout plans, blueprints, or other drawings.

Daily Life Of a Millwright

  • Operate engine lathe to grind, file, and turn machine parts to dimensional specifications.
  • Shrink-fit bushings, sleeves, rings, liners, gears, and wheels to specified items, using portable gas heating equipment.
  • Position steel beams to support bedplates of machines and equipment, using blueprints and schematic drawings, to determine work procedures.
  • Weld, repair, and fabricate equipment or machinery.
  • Troubleshoot equipment, electrical components, hydraulics, or other mechanical systems.
  • Construct foundation for machines, using hand tools and building materials such as wood, cement, and steel.

What Every Millwright Should Know

Millwrights state the following job skills are important in their day-to-day work.

Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Installation: Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

Equipment Maintenance: Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Repairing: Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Other Millwright Job Titles

  • Precision Millwright
  • Millwright Instructor
  • Machine Set Up Operator
  • Machine Erector
  • Millwright

Job Outlook for Millwrights

There were about 39,500 jobs for Millwrights in 2016 (in the United States).

New jobs are being produced at a rate of 9.8% which is lower than average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 3,900 new jobs for Millwrights by 2026. The BLS estimates 4,000 yearly job openings in this field per year.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Millwrights in U.S.

The states with the most job growth for Millwrights are Texas, California, and Indiana.

Watch out if you plan on working in Maine, Vermont, or New Mexico. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Millwright Salary

Millwrights Make between $34,090 and $80,660 a year. The median salary is $55,060.

Salary Ranges for Millwrights

How much do Millwrights make in different U.S. states?

Annual Mean Salary by State
State Annual Mean Salary

New Mexico

$72,040

California

$71,350

New Jersey

$67,860

New York

$65,060

Utah

$63,940

Wisconsin

$63,670

Illinois

$63,260

Washington

$63,120

Michigan

$63,090

Nevada

$62,390

Arizona

$61,360

Alaska

$61,300

Connecticut

$60,340

Oregon

$59,990

Maryland

$59,950

Massachusetts

$59,590

Louisiana

$58,380

Idaho

$57,360

Ohio

$57,340

Pennsylvania

$57,000

Missouri

$55,210

Delaware

$55,120

New Hampshire

$54,970

South Dakota

$54,690

Indiana

$54,240

Colorado

$53,510

Nebraska

$53,480

Minnesota

$52,890

Texas

$52,850

North Dakota

$52,750

Kentucky

$51,910

Virginia

$51,640

West Virginia

$51,340

Iowa

$51,220

Oklahoma

$51,020

Vermont

$50,920

Kansas

$50,200

Maine

$49,470

Tennessee

$48,530

Florida

$48,250

North Carolina

$47,670

South Carolina

$47,360

Alabama

$46,500

Georgia

$45,440

Montana

$44,300

Mississippi

$43,330

Arkansas

$42,080

Tools & Technologies Used by Millwrights

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Millwrights:

  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • SAP
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office

Who Employs Millwrights?

Millwright Sectors

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References

Bureau of Labor Statistics

College Factual

O*NET Online

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