What Does A Millwright Do?


Machines are the most common things found in all power plants, factories, and other industrial facilities. That's why using the Millwrights from STEVENS can help keep your business operating efficiently. 

Installing, operating, and providing maintenance to this sophisticated equipment is the central part of a Millwright's job. 


Millwrights are tasked with ensuring the proper functioning of every machine and system involved in the daily routines and tasks of any industry.


The name "Millwright" is derived from a time when people depended on wind or water mills to produce and obtain essentials such as flour, paper, and many other goods. 


Mills are the predecessors of today's industrialized machinery. 


Back then, Millwrights were the people in charge of building, operating, and fixing these mills. 


Today, modern machines have taken the roles that were previously performed by mills, yet the name given to the people in charge of these machines has continued.


In the article below, we will go more in-depth about what today's Millwright jobs entail.


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What is a Millwright?


A millwright is a professional who installs, dismantles, repairs, reassembles, and moves machinery.


They perform these duties in factories, power plants, and construction sites. 


Millwrights are also responsible for the creation of maintenance plans to keep the machines running as efficiently as possible. They can also be called in on an emergency basis if equipment breaks unexpectedly.  They can help get the machine repaired and running again, helping to reduce downtime for the company. 


Typically, Millwrights are employed on a contractual basis and may spend only a few days or weeks at a single site. 


Millwrights are integral to the efficient operation of a company. 


Find out What To Look For In A Millwright to keep your equipment, and company, running optimally. 

What Does A Millwright Do?


The job of a millwright typically entails the following:


  • Replace defective parts of machinery as needed
  • Adjust and align moving parts
  • Take apart existing machinery to clear floor space for new machinery
  • Read highly technical instructions and blueprints on machinery
  • Install or repair machinery and equipment
  • Relocating existing machinery and equipment


Millwrights have to be highly skilled workers. 


Putting together a machine is a complex job, and with equipment evolving and becoming more complex, you need a Millwright that can understand the ever-changing landscape. 


Millwrights should have a good understanding of how the machine works because they need to be able to repair it if it breaks down. 


Millwrights may also be involved in taking apart existing machines.


This often happens when a manufacturing plant needs to clear floor space for new or additional machinery. 


Breaking down a machine is usually as complicated as putting it together, if not more so, because each part of the machine has to be carefully taken apart, categorized, and packaged for shipping.


Millwrights use a variety of hand tools like hammers and levels and equipment for welding, brazing, and cutting. 


Millwrights also need to be familiar with measuring tools, like micrometers, levels, measuring tapes, lasers, and other precision measuring devices.


Large projects can even need the use of cranes and trucks.


A millwright needs to be able to bring the parts of a machine to the desired location using forklifts, hoists, winches, cranes, and other equipment.




A Typical Day For A Millwright


On a typical day, millwrights assemble machines and secure them to a foundation or other structures.


Millwrights insert shims and adjust the tension on nuts and bolts using hand tools.


They use measuring instruments to set specified clearances between moving and stationary parts.


A typical day for a Millwright could look like this:


  1. Dismantle machines using tools like hammers, wrenches, and crowbars.
  2. The assembly and installation of equipment using hand tools and power tools.
  3. Align machines or equipment using hoists, jacks, hand tools, squares, rules, micrometers, lasers, or plumb bobs.
  4. Move machinery and equipment using hoists, dollies, rollers, and trucks.
  5. Layout mounting holes using measuring instruments and drill holes with a power drill.



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A Millwright service company can help you in many areas. 


If you need new equipment installed or existing equipment relocated, a millwrights service company like STEVENS is integral to the success of your company.


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