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involves erecting, fabricating, installing, assembling, aligning, and adjusting of machines. We also maintain these machines, dismantle when required, move, reinstall, commission and repair them.
I am a proud working member of a United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBCJ of A) Millwrights local union, and I want you to have the answer to the ubiquitous question, "what is a millwright?". Well, it's only the best darn job in the whole world!
We can be found in all types of factories and power plants, wherever and whenever a company needs our services. Hired through contracting companies, we might do some work at an auto manufacturer one week and be repairing a nuclear power plant the next.
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In short, millwrights are needed anywhere that shafting and machinery are used in manufacturing or transmitting power.
Some of the machines we work on may be conveyors and material handling systems (of any type including, just for example, bulk product buckets, baggage claim carousels, monorails, and package conveyer belts), robots, cranes, pumps, motors, fans, furnaces, turbines, dynamos, generators, compressors, agitators, chutes, concentrators, coolers, amusement devices and gaming machines, presses, crushers, and escalators. We will work on the pulleys, sheaves, flywheels, foundations, bolts, actuators, limit switches, legs, supports, guards, fencing, grillwork, gates, grating, hoppers, hangers, framing, locks, gears, clutches, couplings, bearings, shafts, seals, hubs, and valves for any of the abovementioned.
Our work can be done with hand tools, precision measuring tools (calipers, micrometers, plumb bobs, squares, etc); by cutting, bending, drilling, burning or welding; with power tools and shop machinery (lathes, milling machines, surface grinders, "ironworkers", punches, presses, rollers, etc); and by rigging and hoisting. We often work from and operate powered elevating 'man-lifting' equipment such as scissor lifts, "zoom boom" trucks, as well as forklifts and mobile cranes.
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