In a typical work setting, millwrights:
- Are greatly responsible for the safety of workers who operate the machinery they install.
- Have a medium level of social interaction. They talk to other workers about problems with machines, but also spend time alone working on machinery.
- Communicate by telephone and in person on a daily basis.
- Often work as part of a group or team.
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- Are responsible for the results of work done by other workers.
- Are sometimes placed in conflict situations in which others may be rude or angry.
Physical Work Conditions
- Work both indoors and outdoors. Indoor work sites may not have air conditioning or heating. Outdoor areas are usually covered.
- Wear protective clothing and gear, such as hardhats, gloves, and work boots, on a daily basis.
- Are exposed to noise levels that are uncomfortable or distracting on a daily basis.
- Are exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures on a daily basis.
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- Are often exposed to hazardous conditions, equipment, and conditions from working around moving parts and electricity.
- Are exposed to contaminants, such as fluids from leaky machines, on a daily basis.
- Are exposed to extremely bright or dim lighting.
- Often must get into awkward positions to reach cramped work spaces.
- Are often exposed to high places, such as scaffolding.
- Work very near others. They have little space between themselves and others.
- Must be very exact in their work. Errors could injure machine operators or stop production in factories.
- Must let the work pace be set by the speed of equipment.
- Make decisions that greatly impact their employers, coworkers, and customers on a daily basis. They rarely consult a supervisor before deciding a course of action.
- Set nearly all their daily tasks and goals without talking to a supervisor first.
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- Work in a moderately competitive atmosphere. They abide by strict daily deadlines.
- Usually work at least 40 hours per week.
- Often work overtime and weekends to repair machinery.
- Generally work a set schedule. However, they may be on-call to make emergency repairs.