From construction digs to assembly lines, businesses rely on a key equipment specialist to set up the work area - the millwright. Millwrights install, repair and dismantle heavy, motor-driven equipment at construction sites and in large manufacturing and processing centers, industrial plants, and an ...
y place with a conveyor belt or assembly line.
Even before the equipment gets to the site, the millwright is already there, consulting with managers, checking blueprints and choosing the best location for the machinery. This may require building a new foundation or reinforcing the floor.
The millwright helps to unload the parts, inspects them and may use hoists, pulleys or rigging to position them. Hydraulic lift-trucks or cranes may be enlisted to move a heavier load. In addition to using power tools, cutting torches, welding machines and the like, the millwright uses precision assembly equipment to put the pieces together. These might be micrometers, ultrasonic measuring devices, even lasers.
Angles and measurements must be carefully calculated according to the blueprints. Millwrights also perform preventative maintenance and make repairs to the machines as needed. The work can be physically demanding and take place in all sorts of weather conditions.
Even with a high school diploma, aspiring millwrights train for several years, either in vocational school or through union apprenticeships. Once you're working, you'll need to keep yourself up-to-date with technological advances. This is one job where you can construct a real career from a talent for tinkering.
Install, dismantle, or move machinery and heavy equipment according to layout plans, blueprints, or other drawings.
Critical decision making
Level of responsibilities
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
Dealing and handling conflict
Competition for this position
Communication with others
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
Comfort of the work setting
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
Exposure to job hazards
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Operate engine lathe to grind, file, and turn machine parts to dimensional specifications.
Construct foundation for machines, using hand tools and building materials such as wood, cement, and steel.
Dismantle machinery and equipment for shipment to installation site, usually performing installation and maintenance work as part of team.
Position steel beams to support bedplates of machines and equipment, using blueprints and schematic drawings, to determine work procedures.
Connect power unit to machines or steam piping to equipment, and test unit to evaluate its mechanical operation.
Level bedplate and establish centerline, using straightedge, levels, and transit.
Bolt parts, such as side and deck plates, jaw plates, and journals, to basic assembly unit.
Assemble machines, and bolt, weld, rivet, or otherwise fasten them to foundation or other structures, using hand tools and power tools.
Fabricate and dismantle parts, equipment, and machines using a cutting torch or other cutting equipment.
Dismantle machines, using hammers, wrenches, crowbars, and other hand tools.
Attach moving parts and subassemblies to basic assembly unit, using hand tools and power tools.
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
Handling and Moving Objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Performing General Physical Activities
Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems
Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Controlling Machines and Processes
Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Building and Construction
Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Engineering and Technology
Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Public Safety and Security
Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
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