Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)

Industrial Mechanics (Millwrights) install, repair and maintain machinery that is used in factories, mines and production facilities.

What do Industrial Mechanics (Millwrights) do?

  • Read blueprints, diagrams and schematic drawings to determine work procedures.
  • Install, align, dismantle and move stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment according to layout plans using hand and power tools.
  • Operate hoisting and lifting devices during installation, set-up and repair of machinery.
  • Adjust machinery and repair or replace defective parts.

Key skills for people in this trade are mechanical aptitude, problem-solving, communication, job planning and organizing and the ability to use trade-related calculations. They have the ability to detect malfunctions though sensory tests which are often confirmed by technical tests. Other important attributes include good coordination, manual dexterity and the ability to visualize a layout in 3 dimensions.

Industrial mechanics (millwrights) often possess overlapping skills with other trades such as steamfitter/pipefitter, industrial instrument mechanic, welder, machinist or industrial electrician. They may be certified in these other trades as well. Industrial mechanics (millwrights) may work in specialized areas of the trade such as fluid analysis, vibration analysis and laser alignment. With experience, they may advance to other positions such as mentor, supervisor, planner, superintendent or trainer.

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