A recent competition in Canada highlighted the skills one needs to be a top of the line millwright in North America.
Millwrights are among the most highly skilled workers, needing to not only log hours inside the classroom but inside the factory as well. During the economic slump of the late 2000s, economic activity was lower than desired and many North American factory jobs were moved overseas. However, the continent has since seen a major resurgence, which translates into numerous opportunities for new millwrights with the right set of skills.
In many industrial settings there is a skills gap between industry veterans and those looking to get their start in the industry. This has made it difficult for some factories to keep their operations moving at the pace required by the increase in demand. Millwrights play an integral role in the day to day activities of the plant as they are responsible for making sure that machines are operating at full capacity.
Showing off the skills
One person who is taking advantage of the high demand for millwrights is Dylan Haynes who won the Provincial Skills Canada 2014 competition in St. John's.
According to the Western Star the competition tested the various necessary skills of a millwright including precision blueprint layout, hand tools usage, precision pipebending along with numerous other tasks that are necessary for a millwright to succeed in today's industrial economy.
"So if you want to go anywhere with your trade it would have been in your interest to try and go," he told the news source. "The opportunity was there, so I took it. I went there to better myself."
Becoming a millwright is something that takes a healthy balance between technical instruction and on the job training, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. While there might be some variance in the number of hours one needs to become a millwright depending on where one lives, there are still some basic requirements such as a high school degree and mechanical drawing, mathematics, blue print reading classes.
The common path to becoming a millwright is through an apprenticeship which can last between three and four years. These programs require a minimum 144 years of technical instruction and another 2,000 hours of paid training on the job, which can be a great way to prepare for the degree. Once completed, a person is finally certified to be a millwright, and can be employed in plants across the continent, making the most of the lucrative employment prospects for the job.