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Millwrights

Millwrights
Quick Facts : Millwrights*
2010 Median Pay$48,360
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201236,500
Job Outlook-5% (Decline moderately)
Employment Change-1,800


Millwrights install, dismantle, repair, reassemble, and move machinery in factories, power plants, and construction sites. Millwrights are typically employed on a contract basis and may spend only a few days or weeks at a single site. As a result, workers often have variable schedules and may experience downtime between jobs.

What Millwrights Do

  • Read highly technical instructions and blueprints on machinery
  • Install or repair machinery and equipment
  • Adjust and align moving parts
  • Replace defective parts of machinery as needed
  • Take apart existing machinery to clear floor space for new machinery

Work Environment

Because millwrights work in production facilities and construction sites, minor injuries such as cuts, bruises, and strains are common. Millwrights are typically employed on a contract basis and may spend only a few days or weeks at a single site. As a result, workers often have variable schedules and may experience downtime between jobs.
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Job Outlook

Employment of millwrights is expected to decline 5 percent from 2010 to 2020 with demand largely driven by manufacturing businesses purchasing new equipment, and purchasing is expected to remain flat over the coming decade.
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Pay

The average hourly wage of millwrights in May 2010 was $23.25.
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Millwrights*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Millwrights

48360

Installation & Production Occupations

39887.3333

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Millwrights*
Percent Change in Employment

Millwrights

-4.93151

Installation & Production Occupations

10.336959024270376

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Millwrights

Most millwrights learn their trade through a 3- or 4-year apprenticeship. For each year of the program, apprentices must have at least 144 hours of related technical instruction and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training.
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