The Work 
Millwrights do precision machine installation and assembly using sophisticated measuring instructions. They install and align heavy industrial machinery such as conveyor systems, pumping systems, packaging systems, compressors, electric generators and turbines.

Working Conditions 
Millwrights work in hydroelectric dams, paper mills, nuclear power generating stations, gas or coal-fired generation plants, smelters and refineries. They use highly precise optical measuring and leveling instruments. Apprentices need good math skills, practical problem-solving, manual dexterity, and the ability to work to very small tolerances (to one-thousandth of an inch). Apprentices have to lift heavy objects.

The Apprenticeship
This program, depending upon specialty, requires 5,200 - 8,000 hours (4+ years) of on-the-job training hours plus 160 related classroom hours each year. Class held one week every quarter.

Apprenticeship Entry Requirements

  • Must provide proof of age of 17 years or older
  • Must have sufficient schooling to meet trade requirements, usually high school diploma or GED
  • Must be physically able to perform the work of the trade
  • Must successfully complete the pre-employment safety and orientation procedure
  • May need to appear before the apprenticeship committee for an interview
  • Must have transportation to job sites
  • Must take a standardized test; the score will be factored into your overall application score
  • Drug test must be taken before taking standardized safety and orientation test.

*Degree Available

To Apply, Contact:

Specialties Training Center
Northwest Carpenters Institute
20424 72nd Ave. S.
Kent, WA 98032

(253) 437-5235
Fax: (253) 437-5807

Justin McClendon, Coordinator

Ramona Beaver, Program Specialist
(509) 783-4900