Four (4) year apprenticeship NATURE OF THE TRADE:

The millwright is a construction professional who works primarily with machinery and equipment requiring precision alignment. They often install, maintain, diagnose and repair equipment such as compressors, pumps, conveyors (Such as those transporting your luggage at the airport!) gas and steam turbines and monorails. Millwrights are often found working at coal, gas, nuclear and alternative energy power plans.


  • At least 18 years of age
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Construction familiarization helpful, but not mandatory
  • Successfully pass a Drug Screen


Related training is required and is accomplished in 40- hour increments Monday –Friday, four times per year. Training received during the apprenticeship involves the proper and necessary: use of tools and optical instruments, layout, and blueprinting techniques, engineering principals, and the operation and maintenance of all machinery and equipment utilized in welding and brazing.


Beginning apprentices start at 65% of journeyworker wages. Wage increases happen in 5% increments each time an apprentice accomplishes 700 hours of on-the- job training and 80 hours of class time. Each level takes 5-6 months on average. Advanced placement available based on experience. Benefits include: Health insurance, pension plan and paid training.


Applications accepted in person only at the training center Monday – Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Local #1463
2160 E. Douglas Ave
Des Moines, IA 50313
Phone: (515) 265-3467

For more info on this apprenticeship program contact:
Diana Hagge