What does a Millwright do?

Millwrights are skilled workers who expertly and routinely install and dismantle the heavy machinery commonly used in factories and found on construction sites. Millwrights are also called industrial mechanics and in addition to installation, they are responsible for the maintenance and repair of heavy machinery or equipment.

Millwrights can move or relocate heavy equipment or machinery on site or to an entirely different site, including when a company moves locations. Millwrights align the machines’ individual parts and replace them with the help of specialized tools including hydraulic bolters. Millwright repair services often include the replacement of parts that have become worn or defective. They take apart entire machines by carefully dismantling, categorizing, and labeling the parts of the machine; this sometimes occurs when a client needs to clear the shop floor to make way for new equipment. A Millwright will work with tools including hammer sleeves and welding equipment, and they sometimes work on larger projects that require them to use cranes or trucks. Most millwright jobs require a high school diploma or equivalent, and some millwright workers complete a certification or associate’s degree in industrial maintenance.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.1 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Millwright Salaries

Average Base Pay

$56,239 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$39K
Median: $56K
$80K
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Millwright Career Path

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L1
Millwright Apprentice
$49,520/yr
L2
Millwright
$56,239/yr
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Millwright Insights

Read what Millwright professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
International PaperInternational Paper
Journeyman Millwright
Nov 24, 2020

“Good place to work and learn for good pay”

NutriusNutrius
Mill Worker
Oct 29, 2021

“The pay is decent but not great.”

Mechanical SystemsMechanical Systems
Sheet Metal Worker
Nov 5, 2019

“Good people to work with and for.”

Mercury MarineMercury Marine
Journeyman Millwright
Mar 22, 2021

“Excellent wages and schedule.”

Idaho Forest GroupIdaho Forest Group
Journeyman Millwright
Mar 29, 2021

“It is close to home”

John Bouchard & Sons
Millwright
Aug 4, 2021

“Benefits are not terrible but definitely are not the best”

American StandardAmerican Standard
Journeyman Millwright
Apr 24, 2021

“Location is close to home”

TundraTundra
Journeyman Millwright
Feb 7, 2021

“Some good people to work with”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a millwright

When working as a millwright, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are eNGINE Lathe, Professionalism, Disassembly, Columns, and Attention To Detail.

The most similar professions to millwright are:
  • Mechanic
  • Welder
  • Machine Operator
  • Machinist

The most common qualifications to become a millwright include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.