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, and balancing new equipment, and repairing buildings, floors or stairs.
Maintenance mechanics and millwrights employed in a manufacturing often work in a typical factory shop setting and user protective equipment to avoid common hazards such as safety belts, protective glasses and hard hats.
Classroom instruction is given in mathematics, blueprint reading, hydraulics, electricity, computers, and electronics.
Text provided by State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards