Millwrights are the crafsmen who
make possible the mass production of automobiles, airplanes, food products
and other important needs that drive the economy. At one time, these specialists
designed and maintained water and wind mills, which is where the name millwright
comes from. Today's millwrigths work from blueprints to install and maintain
conveyor and monorail systems, giant electrical turbines, pumps, compressors,
and other machinery. They perform factory repair and maintenance including
much of the precision work in nuclear power plants.
There are 800 hours of classroom
and shop instruction during the four-year term of Apprenticeship.
Shop Instruction for Millwrights
Hand Tools, Portable Power Tools
and Equipment Safety; Reading and Using Measuring Tools including: Micrometer,
Bernier Calipers and Scales; Vernier; Layout Skills; Drilling; Tapping
and Reaming Holes; Lathe and Surface Grinder Operations; Precision Leveling;
Optical Tooling; Alignment of Rotating Machinery using Dial Indicators
and Laser Systems; Bearing Installation and Service; Coupling Installation;
Conveyor Installation; Pump and Compressor Maintenance; Monorail Installation;
Turbine Maintenance; Welding including: MIG, TIG, and Shielded Metal Arc,
Oxy-Acetylene Cutting, and Plasma Arc Cutting.
Classroom Instruction includes:
Union History, Safety, Theory, Field
Related Mathematics, Blueprint Reading, Optical Tooling, and Computer Training.
Additional Training includes:
OSHA 10 and Process Safety Management
Certification, Rigging Certification, Scaffold Certification, Standard
First Aid and CPR Certification, Powder-Actuated Tool Certification, Optical
Tooling Certification, Laser Alignment Certification, Welding Certifications
in MIG, TIG and Shielded Metal Arc Processes.
Third and Fourth Year Apprentices
are also eligible to take some Journeyperson Courses.