To work as a millwright, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
- complete an apprenticeship program.
Education after high school
Some millwrights learn their skills through apprenticeship training programs. Union and non-union apprenticeship programs are available. Admission to apprenticeship programs is competitive. To apply for an apprenticeship, you must:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent;
- be at least 18 years old; and
- be in good physical condition.
Apprenticeship programs usually consist of four years of on-the-job training. You are paid for the time you spend on the job. In addition, each year you receive at least 144 hours of classroom training.
To learn about specific apprenticeship opportunities in your area, consult the US Department of Labor State Apprenticeship Information website.
You can prepare for an apprenticeship by taking courses at a professional-technical or two-year school. Courses in metalworking, general math, and drafting prepare students to enter apprenticeship programs. However, these courses are not required to qualify for an apprenticeship.
A few millwrights learn their trade through a two-year associate degree program in industrial maintenance. These programs cover shop mathematics, how to read blueprints, welding, electronics, and computer training.
Most millwrights receive informal on-the-job training from an experienced worker. Trainees usually begin as helpers. They learn to operate machines, weld, and work with concrete. On-the-job training lasts several years.