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Oregon Apprenticeship Guide
Job Description
Millwrights install conveyor systems, escalators, giant electrical turbines and generators. Millwrights are skilled construction mechanics who study and interpret blueprints, and use machine tools and precision instruments, working to specifications requiring tolerances to a thousandth of an inch. They work primarily with metals using precision machinery and equipment.
Working Conditions
Millwrights usually work indoors on installation and maintenance work, but may work outdoors, often using scaffolding. They often work split shifts and overtime, and travel long distances for work.
Beginning apprentices start at approximately 75 percent of the journey-level wage. Upon successful completion of required class work and on-the-job hours, wages increase, usually every six months, until the journey-level rate is achieved.
Length of Apprenticeship
The apprenticeship lasts four years. Apprentices must complete a minimum of 160 related classroom hours per year and 8,000 on-the-job training hours.
Minimum Qualifications
Apprenticeship applicants must be at least 18 years of age. In addition, they must provide proof of high school graduation or general education development (GED) equivalent.
Local apprenticeship committees may require additional qualifications.
Apprenticeship Committees 
MA# 1057
OR SW WA Carpenters JATC
503-287-3708 or toll free 1-977-287-9282
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