The skillset needed for millwrights includes a high level of fabrication, a level of understanding electricity for troubleshooting electrical devices, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, and PLC’s operation and troubleshooting, as well as motor and component service and installation. Students receive practical training in welding, blueprint reading, training on control strategies, hydraulic and pneumatic operation, as well as basic electrical service strategies. Rigging, mechanical drive systems, installation and alignment of equipment, and pumps are taught. Training begins in the classroom and continues in the shop area. Students complete all lab assignments in accordance with industry standards, using the tools and equipment of the profession with an emphasis on safety and quality.
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Henrik Brosten, M.Ed., Professor, Industrial Electronics Technology
Lonny Gehring, B.S., Assistant Professor, Welding Technology
Don Heath-Simpson, Professor, Welding Technology
JR Kok, Assistant Professor, HVAC-R Technology
The Industrial Maintenance & Millwright Technology requires tools.
The job outlook for graduates is excellent. Industrial Maintenance/Millwright graduates have a bright future for success. Students will have the opportunity to work in a variety of occupations from welding to maintenance, as well as installation of equipment. Employment of industrial machinery mechanics, machinery maintenance workers, and millwrights is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024. The need to keep increasingly sophisticated machinery functioning and efficient will drive demand for these workers. Job prospects for qualified applicants should be good. This occupation is in high demand in our region with the many manufacturing industries present including Clearwater Paper Corporation, Idaho Pulp & Paperboard and Idaho Forest Group.
Workers in this occupation must follow safety precautions and use protective equipment, such as hardhats, safety glasses, and hearing protectors. Most work full time in factories, refineries, food-processing facilities, or power plants, or at construction sites. However, they may be on call and work night or weekend shifts.
This program has physical requirements that may affect the student’s ability to perform in this field. These requirements can be found on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website or at O-Net OnLine. Students must have good manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination and should enjoy working with their hands. The minimum reading comprehension level is tenth grade. Good eyesight, no respiratory problems, good physical condition, and a strong math background are all highly recommended. High school chemistry, physics, and mechanical drawing are very helpful.
The median annual wage for industrial machinery mechanics, machinery maintenance workers, and millwrights was $49,100 in May 2016. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $31,440, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $75,220.
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