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millwright apprenticeship career

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Work Description

  • Millwrights install, repair, replace and maintain machinery in all types of industrial applications, including auto manufacturing plants, steel mills, paper mills and nuclear power plants. Welding skills are required.


Working Conditions

  • Millwrights generally work indoors in large industrial facilities but at times may be outdoors. Working conditions include both large spacious areas and confined spaces when working on advanced machinery.



      High School Diploma or HSED

      18 years old

      Possess a valid driver's license or the consistent means of transportation to work.

      Recommended high school courses are math, algebra and geometry, also exposure to mechanical concepts and drawings, welding and computer courses.


      Application process

      1. Contact your nearest testing site to make an appointment for testing.

      2. Once you get a minimum test score of 70% you will receive a "letter of introduction" and instruction from the Joint Apprenticeship Committee in your area.

      3. Locate an employer and get hired as an apprentice (we offer assistance).

      4. Appear before the Joint Apprenticeship committee to sign an Apprentice Contract with the State of Wisconsin.

      5. Begin work and school as soon as scheduled.


      terms of apprenticeship

      Four-year program

      160 hours of classroom instruction each year. Includes hands-on learning at North Central States Regional Training Center located in Kaukauna, WI. Lodging expenses may be paid for as part of the apprenticeship program.

      A total of 6,240 hours of classroom learning and work experience.

      Apprentices are paid during their entire four-year program and incremental wage increases coincide with program completion.


millwright apprenticeship program classes


  • Millwright 16 Hr Safety (OSHA 10)
  • Industrial & Rough Terrain
  • Aerial Lift

UBC Rigging & Signaling

  • Rigging Hardware
  • Rigging Operations
  • Voice & Hand Signals

Basic Welding

  • Principles
  • Processes

Fasteners & FA/CPR/AED

  • Lockout & Tagout
  • Adhesives & Loctite
  • Mechanical Fasteners
  • UBC Math for the Trades
  • First Aid/CPR/AED

Blueprint I & Layout

  • UBC Mechanical Print Reading
  • UBC Layout Task
  • UBC Math for the Trades

Bearings & Installation

  • Bearings & Lubrication
  • UBC Math for the Trades

Machinery Alignment I

  • UBC Machinery Alignment
  • Couplings & Dial Indicating
  • UBC Math for the Trades

Machinery Alignment II

  • UBC Machinery Alignment
  • Alignment Final test
  • Dial Indicating & Laser Alignment
  • UBC Math for the Trades


Machinery Alignment III

  • UBC Machinery Alignment
  • Advances Techniques
  • Laser Alignment
  • UBC Math for the Trades


  • UBC GE Gas Turbine Familiarization
  • UBC Hytorc Technician
  • UBC Scaffold User
  • UBC Human Performance

Power Transmission

  • Power Transmission
  • Belts, Gears, clutches
  • Chain drives
  • UBC Math for the Trades

Conveyors & Blueprint II

  • UBC Conveyors & Blueprint II
  • Concrete, Structural Steel
  • Mobile Crane
  • UBC Math for the Trades

Flowserve Pump

  • UBC Flowserve Tech Level I
  • Packing & Seals
  • UBC Math for the Trades

Optical Alignment

  • Optical Alignment
  • Hydraulics
  • Compressors


  • Final Tests
  • Refresh Certifications
  • Transition to Trainer