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Millwrights - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, millwrights:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • 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.

Work Performance

  • 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.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.