For a successful industrial plant to run, be it food processing or manufacturing, the first thing needed is equipment to complete the day-to-day tasks that the business requires. In order for the operation to run smoothly, someone needs to install all the equipment necessary for this to happen, as well as run proper maintenance. Millwrights from the beginning of the first grain mills were the people who provided this installation and maintenance.
In order to become a Millwright or Industrial Mechanic as they are often called, you often need at least a high school diploma, a GED or the equivalent. The next step is to get an entry-level job at a place that employs a lot of Millwrights or to attend a technical school for a technical course such as a Pre-Apprenticeship in order to gain and build more skills to help get an apprenticeship. Once you enter an apprenticeship, it usually lasts 4 years on average.
A Millwright daily job starts with a safety briefing and daily planning to ensure you have the tools, parts and knowledge to do the job safely and efficiently. You could be installing fixed plant equipment, assembling or dismantling parts and equipment, performing layouts and alignments, troubleshooting, reading drawings, inspecting and maintaining machinery.
The types of skills you can gain through the job are knowledge of conveyors, pumps and gearbox installation and maintenance as well as steel fabrication, welding, machining, electronics, hydraulics, and pneumatics.
Maintenance on equipment can take all of the Electronic, Electric, Mechanical and Physics knowledge that one has and consulting with Electricians, Instrument Mechanics and Welders because although some Millwrights are described as Jack of All Trades there are lots of Masters to consult.
Due to being exposed to duties that are involved in a variety of different trades, a career as an Industrial Millwright can lead to promotions in supervisory, management, planning, production and superintendent positions.
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Kael Campbell is President and Lead Recruiter of Red Seal Recruiting Solutions, a company providing recruitment services in mining, equipment and plant maintenance, utilities, manufacturing, construction, and transportation. When he is not recruiting, Kael spends as much time as possible with family in the great outdoors and on the water. He volunteers his time as a Board Member of the Entrepreneurs Organization of Victoria and a Member of Victoria Marine Search and Rescue. You are invited to subscribe to our employer newsletter or submit your resume.