There is a growing demand for machine tools, which means that millwrights will likely be needed for the foreseeable future.
Industrial activity is picking up across North America as many companies continue to climb out of the economic recession of the late 2000s. More plants are looking to expand their operations or invest in new tools to grow with the emerging market. This is good news for both industrial development as a whole, along with employment in the sector.
Machine tool orders growing
Industry Week reported that U.S. machine shops and manufacturers ordered nearly $492 million worth of machine tools and corresponding technology during the last month of 2013, marking a strong end to the year. This month's orders brought the total figure on the year to $4.94 billion. Though this was a 5.1 percent decline on the year, it shows that machine tool orders were building steam going into the new year.
These findings were published in the Association for Manufacturing Technology's U.S. Machine Tools order report for 2013. Commenting on the findings was the organization's president, Douglas K. Woods.
"With a strong finish to 2013 for manufacturing technology orders, plus strong reports for durable goods, capacity utilization, and PMI, there is plenty of favorable momentum for the industry going into 2014," he said according to the news source.
However, if this growth is to turn into better business operations, companies need to make sure that they are employing high-quality industrial machines and having them installed and maintained properly.
Training a new generation of millwrights
Today's industrial machines are nothing like their predecessors. The machines of the new look economy are highly sophisticated, automated and capable of completing very complicated tasks, like fastening certain pieces of hardware in a very specific way, so as to build products from airplanes to metal beams, that can perform at the highest level.
This means that it is equally important that the workers responsible for installing these machines are capable and able to make install and maintain these machines to the specs their industry requires. As a result, training programs throughout the continent are educating workers to be prepared for these kinds of projects. CBC News for instance, reported that Nova Scotia Community College in Bridgewater is training workers to have the skills for this growing demand. One worker featured in the story is training as an industrial mechanic and millwright to capitalize on this growth.
High-quality installations are necessary to make sure that you stay ahead of the curve when it comes to this growing industry, and working with some of the strongest tools on the market can help.