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Millwright duties and responsibilities

A Millwright is well-versed in the equipment and technical manuals. They constantly deal with setting up, maintaining, and repairing intricate and sometimes massive machines. Duties may include:

  • Assembling and installing machines then testing them to make sure they are working correctly
  • Must work in full compliance with the approved safety regulations
  • Managing the layout and placement of equipment and machinery in factory settings to ensure minimum downtime
  • Identifying and repairing problematic parts of a machine by running tests, making temporary repairs, or installing new parts
  • Dismantling older machines and replacing them with new ones
  • Overseeing preventive maintenance by identifying and correcting potential issues, removing worn out pieces and lubricating mechanical parts
  • Using machinery or equipment, such as forklifts, to move mechanical parts

Millwright skills and qualifications

Millwrights need to have excellent manual dexterity, as the job involves the regular handling of small parts. They must have extensive knowledge of the machinery they will be expected to operate. Skills and qualifications generally listed in a job description include:

  • Good at adhering to strict safety guidelines and cognizant of safety risks
  • Mechanical aptitude in dealing with wrenches, hammers, forklifts, and other similar tools
  • Working knowledge of mechanical technical skills to allow them to effectively read documents such as specifications, machine manuals, and blueprints
  • Proficient in troubleshooting techniques to solve machine issues
  • Excellent mathematical skills and strong attention to detail
  • Ability to be a team player due to constant interactions with similar employees and stakeholders such as Engineers, Plant Managers, and Part Vendors, amongst others
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