Millwrighting

A millwright is a craftsman who can install, repair and perform maintenance on rotating and fixed equipment, such as pumps, turbines and compressors. A millwright knows how to take precision measurements on equipment, use laser alignment tools, remove/install mechanical and gas seals, remove/install bearings of all types. Millwrights install, dismantle, or move machinery according to layout plans, blueprints or other drawings. With the Gulf Coast area economy going strong there’s a significant need for millwrights.  Certificates of completion or Associates of Applied Science in Industrial Systems–Technician, Machinist, or Millwright give a job seeker an advantage over other candidates. Occupations at this level generally require more than twelve months of on-the-job training or combined work experience and formal classroom instruction for workers to develop the skills needed for average job performance.

(Source: East Harris County Manufacturers Association)

Description 2014 Jobs 2018 Jobs
(Projected)
Median Pay
(Hourly)
Low Pay
(Hourly)
High Pay
(Hourly)
Millwrights 1,790 1,891 $22.51 $12.63 $29.34
Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 1,274 1,327 $18.18 $12.35 $26.82

*Jobs for recently announced petrochemical projects not yet included. Source: QCEW (Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages) Employees, Non-QCEW Employees, Self-Employed & Extended Proprietors – EMSI 2014.3 Class of Worker BETA. Job and wage information drawn from counties touching a 100-mile radius of Baytown, Texas.

Machinist at Work

Programs of Study

  • Associate of Applied Science, Industrial Systems Technician – IS2
  • Certificate of Completion, Industrial Systems – Machinist – MC1
  • Certificate of Completion, Industrial Systems – Millwright – MW1

General Requirements

Long-term on-the-job training: Occupations at this level generally require more than 12 months of on-the-job training or combined work experience and formal classroom instruction for workers to develop the skills needed for average job performance. This category includes formal and informal apprenticeships that may last up to 4 years and short- term intensive employer-sponsored training that workers must successfully complete. Individuals undergoing training are generally considered to be employed in the occupation. Includes occupations in which workers may gain experience in non-work activities, such as professional athletes who gain experience through participation in athletic programs in academic institutions. (Source: Texas Workforce Commission)