A millwright, or industrial mechanic, is a tradesperson who installs, maintains and repairs stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment. They interpret drawings, follow layouts and assemble parts until they are in perfect working order.

Industrial mechanics and millwrights may be cross-trained in a second trade such as pipefitting, welding, machining or electrical maintenance. A day in the life of a millwright might involve installing a giant turbine for an industrial mechanic to maintain and keep humming.

other titles

Industrial Mechanic, Industrial Electrician

education

Completion of an apprenticeship or 2-year degree program is usually required.

earning potential

  • Average Annual Salary: $53,610
  • Average Hourly Rate: $25.78/hour

responsibilities

  • Maintain and repair factory equipment and other industrial machinery such as conveying systems, production machinery and packaging equipment
  • Install, dismantle, repair, reassemble and move machinery such as conveying systems, production machinery and packaging equipment

This job is right for you if...

  • You like variety and learning new things
  • You like the idea of being a "jack of all trades"
  • You have excellent problem solving skills
  • You want to work with mechanical and electrical systems

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