Millwrights

General Information

Description

Install, dismantle, or move machinery and heavy equipment according to layout plans, blueprints, or other drawings.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Building Equipment Contractors
  • Nonresidential Building Construction
  • Employment Services

Job Outlook

Overall employment of industrial machinery mechanics, machinery maintenance workers, and millwrights is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment growth will vary by occupation. The increased adoption of sophisticated manufacturing machinery will require more mechanics and millwrights to keep machines in good working order. Increased automation, including the use of many computer-controlled machines in factories and manufacturing plants, should raise the demand for machinery maintenance workers in order to keep the machines functioning properly. The increased use of machinery in manufacturing will require millwrights to install and disassemble this equipment, as well as perform some repair work on it.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$58,010

State-by-state Salary

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$70,740
$39,040
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 56%
  • Post-secondary certificate 30%
  • Associate's degree 8%
  • Less than high school 4%
  • Some college 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Building and Construction
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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