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Millwright/Maintenance Mechanic Apprenticeship

Millwrights and maintenance mechanics install, dismantle, or move machinery and heavy equipment to keep machines, mechanical equipment, or the structure of an establishment in repair.

Millwright/maintenance mechanics typically:

  • Work according to layout plans, blueprints, or other drawings.
  • Perform pipefitting, boiler making, insulating, welding, machining, carpentry, and repair electrical or mechanical equipment
  • Install, align, and balance new equipment
  • Repair buildings, floors, or stairs
Work Conditions

Millwrights and maintenance mechanics employed in manufacturing often work in a typical factory shop setting and use protective equipment to avoid common hazards such as safety belts, protective glasses, and hard hats.

  • 4-year program
  • 8,000 hours of on-the-job learning
  • 576 hours of paid related instruction
  • 300 hours of unpaid related instruction
  • Additional related instruction as required
Application Requirements

To qualify for this apprenticeship opportunity, applicants must meet the following requirements:

Age: 18 or older
Employer: Meet entry requirements of employer (varies)
Education: High school diploma or equivalent
Physical Ability: Be physically able to perform trade.
Application: Applicants apply directly to participating employers.

Get Started

If you meet the application requirements listed above, do the following to get started:

  1. Obtain direct employment through a company that operates an apprenticeship program or a similar sponsorship.

  2. Contact Raquel Nowak to learn about the application process:

    Raquel Nowak
    Apprenticeship Training Representative
    Bureau of Apprenticeship
    Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development