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Millwright Maintenance Mechanic

Work Description

Maintenance mechanics and millwrights install, dismantle, or move machinery and heavy equipment according to layout plans, blueprints, or other drawings. They keep machines, mechanical equipment, or the structure of an establishment in repair. Duties may involve pipefitting, boiler making, insulating, welding, machining, carpentry, repairing electrical or mechanical equipment, installing, aligning, balancing new equipment and repairing buildings, floors or stairs.


Working Conditions

Maintenance mechanics and millwrights employed in manufacturing often work in a typical factory shop setting and use protective equipment to avoid common hazards such as, safety belts, protective glasses and hard hats.



  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age
  • Entry requirements vary by employer
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Physically able to perform trade
  • Applicants apply directly to participating employers


Terms of Apprenticeship

  • Four year training program
  • 7,424 hours on-the-job training.
  • 576 hours of paid related instruction
  • Additional related instruction may be required


Classroom instruction is given in mathematics, blueprint reading, hydraulics, electricity, computers and electronics.

Application Process

  • To become an apprentice in the State of WI, one must first be indentured by the State Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS).

  • Contact an employer on your own. Each company has its own requirements for entry into the apprenticeship program.

  • Once you have a sponsor, the employer will contact the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards who will create an apprenticeship contract between you and your employer.



Ben Stahlecker
State of Wisconsin – DWD
Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards
District Representative – Wausau
Job Center
364 Grand Ave
Wausau, WI 54403
Phone: 715-261-8754



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