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Maintenance Mechanic/Millwright Apprenticeship
Program Number: 504231
Your Degree:
Area of Study:
Construction, Manufacturing and Maintenance
Delivery Method:
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
17 Credits | Finish paid training and class time in 4 years
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  • Program Overview

    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, boilermaking, insulating, welding, machining, carpentry, repairing electrical or mechanical equipment, installing, aligning, and 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 such as safety belts, protective glasses and hard hats to avoid common hazards. 


    • 4-year training program
    • 8,000 hours of on-the-job training
    • 576 hours of paid related instruction
    • Apprentice must complete Red Cross First Aid, CPR and Transition-To-Trainer Courses

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

    Learn more from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

    Program Details

    Maintenance Mechanic/Millwright Apprenticeship classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax
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  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2023-2024 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    First Semester
    Second Semester
    Third Semester
    1 credit
    1 credit
    Fourth Semester
    1 credit
    1 credit
    Fifth Semester
    1 credit
    Sixth Semester
    2 credits
    Seventh Semester
    2 credits
    Eighth Semester
    2 credits
  • Admission

    How to Apply

    Millwright apprenticeship applicants must find an apprenticeship with a sponsoring employer on his or her own (similar to looking for a job). Once the applicant has found a position, the employer starts the apprenticeship registration process by contacting a Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS) Representative for their county.

    Application Requirements

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

Main Building, C2433

1701 Wright Street

Madison, Wisconsin 53704



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