Millwrights play an essential role in many industries, including trucking and rigging. Here’s what a millwright does and why they are so valued in Canada.
Millwrights often work in industrial fields and construction. They install, maintain, overhaul, repair, and troubleshoot stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment.
In Canada, close to 40,000 people work as a millwright. They are employed by contractors, manufacturing plants, utility companies and other establishments. There is also a wide range of job titles that are attributed to millwrights, including :
- Maintenance millwright
- Industrial mechanic apprentice
- Construction millwright
- Industrial mechanic
- Millwright apprentice
Millwrights are highly skilled tradesmen; even in our industry, we appreciate their hard work and dedication to creating, fixing and repairing equipment.
What are the Responsibilities of a Millwright?
The basic responsibilities are to install, maintain, and repair industrial equipment. Often they will carry out the assembly and setup tasks for industrial machinery and perform the work as required.
Since they generally work in factories, they must be cautious of heavy equipment. They must follow safety precautions and use protective equipment such as earplugs, steel-toed boots, safety glasses and hardhats.
What Skills Does a Millwright Need?
There are many valuable skills a millwright needs to have a successful career. Some of these critical skills include:
- Assemble machinery and equipment using hand tools, power tools, and welding equipment.
- Read blueprints, diagrams, and schematic drawings to determine what needs to be installed, aligned and dismantled.
- Construct foundations for machinery.
- Adjust, repair, or replace defective parts.
- Lubricate, clean, and perform routine maintenance.
- Inspect machinery for irregularities and potential malfunctions.
- Operate hoisting and lifting devices such as cranes, jacks, or tractors.
Is a Millwright a Good Career?
Yes! Becoming a millwright means joining one of the most respected and oldest trades. Aside from the yearly salary of around $70,000-$80,000 a year, there are many opportunities for millwrights in Canada. Those interested can go to school, get an apprenticeship, and begin their career shortly after. If you have an eye for detail and enjoy working with machines, and building, being a millwright, will likely be a fulfilling career for you.