For the most part, millwrights are not required to possess a college degree. The basic educational requirement for most millwright positions is a high school diploma or GED. However, you won’t get a millwright’s job without additional training, since you will be required to install, construct, and maintain complex equipment. Many large companies offer apprenticeship programs that last between four and five years. As an apprentice, you will be paid and you will also attend classes and receive hands-on training such as working with a welder and other necessary equipment. Some companies sponsor a certificate program for millwrights. In these programs, all apprentices or students get the same training and earn the certificate, but they are not employees of the sponsoring company or companies. They will need to apply for a job with a company or through their state’s apprenticeship standards bureau.
Millwrights need to possess basic math and reading skills. Apprenticeships may offer classes in these subjects if apprentices need them. Other topics covered in apprenticeship programs include blueprint reading, hydraulics, mill maintenance, occupational job searching, trade/industrial math, and welding.