Millwrighting involves the installation, maintenance,repair and troubleshooting of stationary industrial machinery, as well as mechanical equipment in factories, production plants and recreational facilities.
Millwrights, on a typical job, will read diagrams and schematic drawings and service manuals to determine work procedures, operate rigging equipment to pick and place machinery and parts, fit bearings, align gears and shafts, attach and align motors, connect coupling and belts, perform predictive and operation maintenance using laser alignment tooling, vibrational analysis and distructive/non-distructive testing, service and repair hydraulic and pneumatic equipment, and may do some tack welding, fabrication of machinery and equipment.
Millwrighting has changed from the past of maintaining flour mills. Today, it is challenging, lucrative and stimulating. The reward of a career as a millwright can also be transferable into further education or related trades.
Traits & Talents
The millwright trade is most rewarding for those who enjoy variety, security and doing precision work with machinery and equipment. To be a successful millwright, one should possess the strength and stamina required to work with heavy equipment weighing in excess of 20 kegs, good coordination and manual dexterity, the ability to read and visualize blueprints, the ability to comprehend, analyze and troubleshoot mechanical systems and the ability to perform well in a team environment.
Millwrights can be found in all facets of industry and construction. Industrial millwright maintains industrial sites, such as bottling plants, mines, pulp and paper and material handling system. And can be found repairing conveyor systems, hydraulic presses, medical machinery and even machinery used in aero space. Construction millwright installs new equipment into large and small industries, such as installation of conveyor systems, steam generation systems and even nuclear hydro power generation systems.
Millwrighting as a trade is as important as doctors to your body. Without a doctor, your body will not be maintained or repaired; without millwrights, industries would not be built or repaired. Hence the phrase "Millwrights, the doctors of industry."
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