Millwright / Pile Driver 

Millwrights are an elite group of construction workers who work primarily with metal, using machine tools and precision instruments. These skilled construction mechanics can be called upon to work within specifications requiring tolerances to a thousandth of an inch.

Many of the region’s top contractors recognize union millwrights as the most highly skilled in the industry. The center’s millwright apprenticeship program includes classroom instruction on leading edge technologies that are put to the test in our state-of-the-art millwright shop.

And that’s just the beginning. The knowledge and skills developed during a millwright apprenticeship serve as the foundation for lifelong learning opportunities. In addition to the leading-edge training offered locally, journeymen can extend their pursuit of the most sophisticated training in the industry through the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America International Training Fund. A $25 million facility in Las Vegas hosts thousands of carpenters interested in advancing their skills every year. The training facility is also where many of the industry’s top manufacturers are represented.

Daily responsibilities include the study and interpretation of blueprints, drilling, welding and bolting. The millwright’s expertise is used in the installation of generators, conveyors, escalators and electric turbines, the installation and maintenance of machinery used in manufacturing and the precision work required in nuclear power plants.

Pile Drivers work on pile-driving rigs that are large machines that resemble cranes. Work can include driving concrete and metal piling as part of a foundation system, or driving wood and concrete piling to hold up docks and bridges. Others can be found on offshore oilrigs and as commercial divers in underwater construction.

What You Will Learn

The Millwright/Pile Driver Apprenticeship training includes:

  • Carpentry
  • Carpentry safety
  • Millwrighting
  • Technical Math (degree)
  • Microcomputer applications
  • Heavy rigging
  • Millwright/Pile Driver welding
  • AWS Certification
  • Introduction to Pile Driving
  • Information technology concepts
  • Rotating equipment
  • Machinery installation
  • Shaft alignment
  • Precision optics
  • Overhead floor conveyor
  • Combustion turbine
  • Monorail


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