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Career and Education Opportunities for Millwrights in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Many educational and employment opportunities exist for millwrights in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. The national trend for millwrights sees this job pool growing by about 1.4% over the next eight years. Millwrights generally install, dismantle, or move machinery and heavy equipment according to layout plans, blueprints, or other drawings.

Millwrights earn approximately $34 per hour or $71,030 annually on average in Michigan. Nationally they average about $22 per hour or $47,570 per year. Millwrights earn more than people working in the category of Specialized Equipment generally in Michigan and more than people in the Specialized Equipment category nationally.

The Grand Rapids area is home to nineteen schools of higher education, including two within twenty-five miles of Grand Rapids where you can get a degree as a millwright. Millwrights usually hold a high school diploma or GED, so you can expect to spend only a short time studying to be a millwright if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Millwright

Millwright video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, millwrights install, dismantle, or move machinery and heavy equipment according to layout plans, blueprints, or other drawings.

Millwrights assemble and install equipment, using hand tools and power tools. They also lay out mounting holes, using measuring instruments, and drill holes with power drill. Equally important, millwrights have to move machinery and equipment, using hoists, dollies, rollers, and trucks. They are often called upon to insert shims, adjust tension on nuts and bolts, or position parts, using hand tools and measuring instruments, to set specified clearances between moving and stationary parts. They are expected to align apparatus and equipment, using hoists, jacks, hand tools, squares, rules, micrometers, and plumb bobs. Finally, millwrights attach moving parts and subassemblies to basic assembly unit, using hand tools and power tools.

Every day, millwrights are expected to be able to prioritize information for further consideration. It is also important that they visualize how things come together and can be organized.

It is important for millwrights to level bedplate and establish centerline, using straightedge and transit. They are often called upon to signal crane operator to lower basic assembly units to bedplate, and align unit to centerline. They also shrink-fit bushings and wheels to specified items, using portable gas heating equipment. They are sometimes expected to position steel beams to support bedplates of apparatus and equipment, using blueprints and schematic drawings, to establish work procedures. Somewhat less frequently, millwrights are also expected to operate engine lathe to grind and turn machine parts to dimensional specifications.

Millwrights sometimes are asked to connect power unit to apparatus or steam piping to equipment, and test unit to review its mechanical operation. They also have to be able to attach moving parts and subassemblies to basic assembly unit, using hand tools and power tools And finally, they sometimes have to signal crane operator to lower basic assembly units to bedplate, and align unit to centerline.

Like many other jobs, millwrights must be thorough and dependable and be able to work independently and make decisions on their own.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Grand Rapids include:

  • Industrial Machinery Mechanic. Repair, install, or maintain industrial production and processing machinery or refinery and pipeline distribution systems.
  • Machine Repairman. Lubricate machinery, change parts, or perform other routine machinery maintenance.
  • Mechanical Door Repairer. Install, service, or repair opening and closing mechanisms of automatic doors and hydraulic door closers. Includes garage door mechanics.
  • Medical Equipment Repairer. Test, adjust, or repair biomedical or electromedical equipment.
  • Vending Machine Mechanic. Install, service, or repair coin, vending, or amusement machines including video games, juke boxes, or slot machines.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Millwright Training

Muskegon Community College - Muskegon, MI

Muskegon Community College, 221 S Quarterline Rd, Muskegon, MI 49442-1432. Muskegon Community College is a small college located in Muskegon, Michigan. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 4,747 students. Muskegon Community College has a less than one year and a one to two year program in Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology which graduated zero and one students respectively in 2008.

Grand Rapids Community College - Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids Community College, 143 Bostwick Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295. Grand Rapids Community College is a large college located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 15,403 students. Grand Rapids Community College has a one to two year and an associate's degree program in Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology which graduated eleven and three students respectively in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Level I Machine Lubrication Technician: Common job titles for the individual who would become Level I MLT certified include Lubrication Technician, PM Technician, Millwright, Mechanic, etc.

For more information, see the International Council for Machinery Lubrication website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Grand Rapids, Michigan photo by Grguy2011

Grand Rapids is located in Kent County, Michigan. It has a population of over 193,396, which has shrunk by 2.2% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Grand Rapids, 81, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Grand Rapids cost $98,700 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, forty-three new homes were built in Grand Rapids, down from ninety-two the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Grand Rapids are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, transportation equipment, and educational services. The average travel time to work is about 19 minutes. More than 23.8% of Grand Rapids residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 8.0%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Grand Rapids is 15.4%, which is greater than Michigan's average of 14.3%.

The percentage of Grand Rapids residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 52.9%, is more than both the national and state average. Church of Jesus Christ, Immanuel Church and Trinity Church are among the churches located in Grand Rapids. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Christian Reformed Church in North America and the Reformed Church in America.

Grand Rapids is home to the Kent Country Club and the Walker Juvenile Court as well as Comstock Riverside Park and Richmond Park. Visitors to Grand Rapids can choose from Hampton Inn Grand Rapids, Hampton Inn Grand Rapids/North- Mi and Hampton Inn Fax for temporary stays in the area.