Skilled Trade


 Average Hourly Wage


What You Need

  • 18 years old
  • 576 classroom hours
  • 8,000 hours of on the job training

Job Description

Millwrights install conveyor systems, escalators, giant electrical turbines, and generators.Millwrights are skilled construction mechanics who study and interpret blueprints and use machine tools and precision instruments. They work primarily with metals.

Working Conditions

Millwrights usually work indoors on installation and maintenance projects, but also may work outdoors, often using scaffolding. They often work split shifts and overtime, and can travel frequently depending on their employer.

Length of Apprenticeship

The apprenticeship lasts about four years. Apprentices must complete a minimum of 144 hours per year of related classroom training and a total of 8,000 hours on-the-job training.

Minimum Qualifications

Apprenticeship applicants must be at least 18 years of age. In addition, they must provide proof of high school graduation or general education development (GED) equivalent. Local apprenticeship committees may require additional qualifications.


The average wage range of Millwrights is $30-$50/hour. This range varies based on length of time and journey status, as well as location and employer. Some Millwrights can make upwards of $55/hour plus benefits. Beginning apprentices start at 60 percent of the journey-level wage. Upon successful completion of the required related class work and on-the-job hours, wages increase periodically, usually every six months, until reaching the journey-level rate.

How to Prepare?

Millwright training is highly sought after which makes the process competitive and acceptance rates into programs are low. Here are some things you can do to prepare yourself while you wait:

  • Ensure your driver’s license is valid and you have reliable transportation.
  • Pursue a welding and/or machining certificate or degree through a local community college.
  • Enter a registered construction or advanced manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship.
  • Find a job in construction or advanced manufacturing to give you practical field experience.

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