Millwrights are an elite group of construction workers who work primarily with metal, using machine tools and precision instruments. These skilled construction mechanics can be called upon to work within specifications requiring tolerances to a thousandth of an inch.
Many of the region’s top contractors recognize union millwrights as the most highly skilled in the industry. The center’s millwright apprenticeship program includes classroom instruction on leading edge technologies that are put to the test in our state-of-the-art millwright shop.
And that’s just the beginning. The knowledge and skills developed during a millwright apprenticeship serve as the foundation for lifelong learning opportunities. In addition to the leading-edge training offered locally, journeymen can extend their pursuit of the most sophisticated training in the industry through the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America International Training Fund. A $25 million facility in Las Vegas hosts thousands of carpenters interested in advancing their skills every year. The training facility is also where many of the industry’s top manufacturers are represented.
Daily responsibilities include the study and interpretation of blueprints, drilling, welding and bolting. The millwright’s expertise is used in the installation of generators, conveyors, escalators and electric turbines, the installation and maintenance of machinery used in manufacturing and the precision work required in nuclear power plants.
Piledrivers work on pile-driving rigs that are large machines that resemble cranes. Work can include driving concrete and metal piling as part of a foundation system, or driving wood and concrete piling to hold up docks and bridges. Others can be found on offshore oilrigs and as commercial divers in underwater construction.
What You Will Learn
The Millwright/Pile Driver Apprenticeship training includes:
- Carpentry safety
- Technical Math (degree)
- Microcomputer applications
- Heavy rigging
- Millwright/Pile Driver welding
- AWS Certification
- Introduction to Pile Driving
- Information technology concepts
- Rotating equipment
- Machinery installation
- Shaft alignment
- Precision optics
- Overhead floor conveyor
- Combustion turbine
“Our customers depend on the knowledgeable, professional services we provide.
Millwright apprentices have developed basic knowledge in areas such as the installation of conveyors and components, robotic installations and production tooling installations. They understand that precision is critical, and they know how to apply what they’ve learned in the field.
In our business, we need to have employees that are trained properly. Millwrights that come out of the carpenters’ apprenticeship program are a good, select group of tradesmen that can successfully expand on their trade.”
Vice President of Operations
“The Piledriver apprentices we employ understand the importance of quality in their work. While it’s not a well-known field, the apprentices we work with show a strong interest in what they do.
Apprentices in the Piledriver program get a lot of welding experience. They have the opportunity to practice at the welding booths, and ultimately to become certified welders. The welding aspect of the Piledriver program has helped advance the quality of the skill levels of the journeymen that come out of the program.
Safety is of paramount importance in the field. The program puts a lot of effort on safety, which gives the apprentices a better appreciation of how critical safety is on the job site.”