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Are you interested in the construction and maintenance of a variety of machines and equipment? If so, then being a millwright may be for you. Millwrights install, align and level a wide range of heavy machinery like pumps and conveyor belts.

Education: Most employers require a high school diploma or equivalent and on-the-job training. Most millwrights complete apprenticeship programs that combine classroom instruction and paid on the job training. Apprenticeship programs typically take several years to complete and train prospective millwrights on erecting, moving, repairing, and dismantling machinery.

Qualifications: Millwrights must have mechanical aptitude, a solid understanding of how complicated machines are constructed, knowledge of the load-bearing capabilities of the equipment they use as well as an understanding of blueprints and technical instructions. They must be able to follow and give detailed instruction and be accurate and precise in their work.

Average Salary: $61,253 Annual; $29.45 Hourly (Source: Build Your Future)

Go to the Craft Labor Map to learn how many millwrights will be needed in your state over the next three years.