Millwrights install, take apart, and move machinery and heavy equipment according to instructions.

If you like to take things apart and put them back together you may find a career as a millwright to be to your liking. As a millwright you will work to install, dismantle, or move machinery and heavy equipment around the production floor. It’s a physically demanding job in an exciting environment.

Because you work with such heavy machinery, the job of millwright is potentially dangerous. You’ll need to know your limits and keep in mind all the safety procedures and codes followed at your company. Reading technical drawings is a skill you’ll need to assemble and align parts on the manufacturing equipment, and you’ll need enough technical knowledge to make adjustments if necessary. Using your own set of power tools, you’ll perform minor repairs or report bigger issues to the production or maintenance supervisor.

Most companies will look for some hands-on experience or training in the field, so look for a certification, training, or apprenticeship program, or courses through your local college.

Also Known As:

Electrical Millwright, Mechanical Millwright

Critical Skills


  • Construction
  • Drill Preparation/Drilling
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Equipment Alignment, Installation, and Dismantling
  • Mechanical
  • Physics and Mathematics
  • Repairing


  • Advanced Computer Skills
  • Communication - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking/Oral
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Judgement
  • Problem Solving
  • Quality Assurance
  • Repairing
  • Technology Design
  • Working with Tools

Key Responsibilities

  • Align machines and equipment
  • Assemble and install equipment using hand and power tools
  • Lay out mounting holes and drill holes with power drill
  • Dismantle machines using hand tools
  • Attach moving parts and subassemblies to basic assembly unit using hand tools and power tools
  • Move machinery and equipment, using hoists, dollies, rollers, and trucks
  • Replace defective parts of machine or adjust clearances and alignment of moving parts

Special Requirements

  • Heavy Lifting Ability


  • Building
  • Engines and Repair
  • Installing Systems

How to get this job

On the job training is required. Local or state certifications are helpful. Knowledge of engine repair and maintenance needed.

Next Steps for this job

Get certification in engine repair, communication skills and training in technical writing skills a plus.

Specific job titles and duties vary by employer so check for details.