Becoming a Millwright means joining a high tech trade in which you become an expert at the precise alignment, installation, overhauling and troubleshooting of the huge machinery on which our economy depends.

Millwrights rig, hoist, assemble, dismantle, align and adjust mechanical equipment, sometimes to tolerances of 1/1,000th of an inch.

They work in many different industries, making sure assembly lines, gears, pumps, valves, compressors, generators, conveyors and power turbines of all sorts work smoothly and efficiently.

Millwrights need good math, geometry, mechanical and welding skills.


  • 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 accomplished in 40- hour increments Monday – Friday, once a quarter. Training received during the apprenticeship involves, in part, 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.


Starting apprentice enter in at 65% of journeyworker wages and remain at that wage for one year. Advancement occurs in 5% increments when on the job training hours and classroom hours have met the next level requirements. Each level takes 5-6 months for full time, working apprentice. Advanced placement is available based on experience and testing. Benefits include, incredible health insurance, pension plan and paid training.


Applications are accepted in person only at the training center Monday – Friday between 6:45 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.

Millwrights Local #1463

1555 1st Ave N, Altoona, IA 50009
Phone: (515) 265-3467

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