The Millwright

The Millwright is the oldest engineering trade being the forerunner of the modern mechanical engineer. historically many famous engineers and companies started out as Millwrights and many machines were created and developed by them. Water mills have existed since the roman period , Millwrights have been looking after them ever since

Millwright Work

Millwrights install, repair, replace, and dismantle the machinery and heavy equipment used in many industries.

The wide range of facilities and the development of new technology require millwrights to continually update their skills—from blueprint reading and pouring concrete to diagnosing and solving mechanical problems.

The millwright's responsibilities begin when machinery arrives at the jobsite.

New equipment must be unloaded, inspected, and moved into position.

To lift and move light machinery, millwrights use rigging and hoisting devices, such as pulleys and cables.

With heavier equipment, they may require the assistance of hydraulic lift-truck or crane operators to position the machinery.

Because millwrights often decide which device to use for moving machinery, they must know the load-bearing properties of rope, cables, hoists, and cranes.

Millwrights consult with production managers and others to determine the optimal placement of machines in a plant.

When this placement requires building a new foundation, millwrights either prepare the foundation themselves or supervise its construction.

As a result, they must know how to read blueprints and work with a variety of building materials.

To assemble machinery, millwrights fit bearings, align gears and wheels, attach motors, and connect belts, according to the manufacturer's blueprints and drawings.

Precision leveling and alignment are important in the assembly process, so millwrights measure angles, material thickness, and small distances with tools such as squares, calipers, and micrometers.

When a high level of precision is required, devices such as lasers and ultrasonic measuring tools may be used.

Millwrights also work with hand and power tools, such as cutting torches, welding machines, and soldering guns, and with metalworking equipment, including lathes and grinding machines.

In addition to installing and dismantling machinery, many millwrights work with mechanics and maintenance workers to repair and maintain equipment.

This includes preventive maintenance, such as lubrication and fixing or replacing worn parts.

Increasingly sophisticated automation means more complicated machines for millwrights to install and maintain.

For example, millwrights may install and maintain numerical control equipment—computer-controlled machine tools that fabricate manufacturing parts.

This machinery requires special care and knowledge, so millwrights often work closely with computer or electronics experts, electricians, engineers, and manufacturers’ representatives to install it

Millwright Ron

Proud Member Of The Union Millwrights

Early Millwrights

The word "millwright" has long been used to describe the man who was marked by everything ingenious and skillful.

For several centuries in England and Scotland the millwright was recognized as a man with a knowledge of carpentry, blacksmithing and lathe work in addition to the fitter and erector.

He was the recognized representative of mechanical arts and was looked upon as the authority in all applications of winds and water, under whatever conditions they were to be used, as a motive power for the purpose of manufacture.

In other words, as the above definition would indicate,

he was the area engineer, a kind of jack of all trades who was equally comfortable at the lathe, the anvil or the carpenter's bench.

Thus, the millwright of the last several centuries was an itinerant engineer and mechanic of high reputation and recognized abilities.

He could handle the axe, the hammer and the plane with equal skill and precision.

He could turn, bore or forge with the ease and ability of one brought up in those trades.

He could set and cut in the furrows of a millstone with an accuracy equal to or superior to that of the miller himself.

In most instances, the millwright was a fair arithmetician, knew something of geometry, leveling and measurements, and often possessed a very competent knowledge of practical mathematics.

He could calculate the velocities, strength and power of machines; could draw in plans, construct buildings, conduits or watercources, in all the forms and under all the conditions required in his professional practice.

He could build bridges, cut canals and perform a variety of work now done by civil engineers.

In the early days of North America millwrights designed and constructed the mills where flour and grist were ground by water power.

Water was directed over hand-constructed wooden mill wheels to turn big wooden gears and generate power.

Millwrights executed every type of engineering operation in the construction of these mills.

The introduction of the steam engine, and the rapidity with which it created new trades, proved a heavy blow to the distinctive position of the millwrights,

by bringing into the field a new class of competitors in the form of turners, fitters, machine makers, and mechanical engineers.

Although there was an extension of the demand for millwork, it nevertheless lowered the profession of the millwright, and leveled it to a great degree with that of the ordinary mechanic.

It was originally the custom for the millwrights to have meetings for themselves in every shop.

These meetings usually included long discussions of practical science and the principles of construction which more often than not ended in a quarrel.

One benefit of these meetings was the imparting of knowledge, as young aspirants would frequently become excited by the illustrations and chalk diagrams by which each side supported their arguments.

Millwright Ron

Proud Member Of The Union Millwrights


"Our member's willingness to continually upgrade and share their skills is what separates us from the competition."

"Brotherhood is: defined as a fraternity of men with a common interest and creed. We can have a very strong Brotherhood."

"Remember Union Millwrights are the Trade of all Trades"

"Mentoring is: the process in which journeyman Millwrights go out of their way to help other Millwrights to develop their Skills and Pride in their Craft."

"There is no better joy than to give back to that, which has been given to you"

"The ability to provide assistance creates an environment to promote Brotherhood and Unionism. It is both rewarding and empowering. "

" By stepping forward to accept this challenge, you have shown that Union Millwright have the spirit needed for growth and survival in the new millennium."

Does your hall have a Mentoring program? Can you except this challenge? Are you a can do Millwright? Where do you want our Union to be in the Future? It is up too us to make our CRAFT Strong and live. We Are The Future..

Millwright Ron

Union Millwright

Welcome Union Brothers and Sisters!

Our goal here at is to help those Millwrights that are online know what is happening in their Local Unions and across the country.

"We as Millwrights have to learn to stand together and take care of each other."

Listed on this page you will find several ways to promote communication between Millwrights,

by e-mail , by chat or message board.

Remember this is our site.

It is up to us to help each other.

Don't forget to sign up for a free e-mail address of

Millwrights Millwright Reference Charts Local Officer Duties The UBC Constitution The Rules Of Order 1971 Rigging Agreement Nuke Plants Union Or Non-Union? National Maintenance Agreement Upgrade Your Skills General Presidents' Project Maintenance Agreement Letter to McCarron From The Millwright's General Agreement Glossary Of Pump And Seal Terms Alignments Pulp And Paper Terminology Glossary Of Nuclear Terminology Shaft Coupling Glossary Crane Hand Signals Definitions Of Gears Types Of Gears With Pictures Machine Shop Definitions You Are Proud To Be A Union Millwright? Celebrate

List of search engines that have listed Union Millwrights at

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Cool Links for Millwrights

Below is a list of Union Millwright locals websites and other internatioal links.These links will help Millwrights find work and how to work safe.They are listed by local number and by states. There are also Canadian locals listed.

Do it The Wright Way and Gods Chosen Few

Millwright Classes in Las Vegas

New Jersey Millwrights

Millwright Services

Wood Group Field Services

Birmingham Millwrights

Sister's In The Building Trades

Historical.Water, Wind and Steam Mills

Alaska Millwrights

Local 687

Local 1370

Nevada Millwrights

Macon Millwrights

Duluth Decal

UBC Millwrights

Union Members Web

Southeastern Carpenters Training Center

Louisiana Regional Council

Portland Or. Millwrights

Tennesse Millwrights

Canadian Skilled Trades

Syracuse,N.Y. Millwrights

Minnesota Millwrights

Los Angeles,Ca. Millwright's

U.B.C. International

Michigan Training Center

Pacific Northwest Regional Council

Milwaukee, Wisconsin District Council



Michigan Regional Council

Suburan N.Y. Regional Council

Cleveland,Oh Millwright's

Augusta, Ga. Millwright's

Philadelphia, Pa. Millwright's

Ontario, Can. Millwright's

Renton,Washington. Millwright's

Pasco,Washington. Millwright's

Longview,Washington. Millwright's

Chicago,Il Millwright's

B.C. Millwright's

tlanta,Ga. Millwright's

Virginia Millwright's

Bettendorf, IA. Millwright's

Vancouver, Wa. Millwright's

Lincoln, Ill. Millwright's

Millwright Group's

North Carolina Millwrights

Southeastern Carpenters Regional Council

Woodhaven,New York. Millwrights

Northern California. Millwrights

Indiana and Kentucky. Millwrights

Houston Texas Millwright's


Union Member Discount Services

Occupational Information Network Resource Center

Unemployment Benefits By State

Klien Tools (Union Discount ! let them know that you saw it here)

Mid-Atlantic States Labor .

List of some of the ltems listed at the Millwrights Store.

IPT Millwright and Trades Books

Audel Millwright and Trades Books

Agreements and Booklets

Free Software and Downloads

Coffee Mugs, Beer Mugs, Can Coolers, Thermos's

Millwright Belt Buckles

Starrett Charts, Catalogs and Rigging Charts

Millwright Knives, Multi Tools, Pocket Scales

Millwright Mini Mag Lites

Hat Pins, Silver Charms, Brass Micrometer Key Chain

Millwright Decals *

Millwright LARGE Decals

Millwright Bumper Stickers

Millwright Stickers

Social Networking Websites

Union Millwrights are found on all of the major social networking websites. Below is a list of some








yahoo 360



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What do we need to do

Update or skills



Share knowledge

Apprectship programs

Read books

Instore Pride

Safety programs

Union Millwrights

"A hundred years from now,They will gaze upon our work, and marvel at our skills,but will never know our names. And that will be good enough for me. Union Millwrights Millwright Ron "

Millwright Information

Information about Millwrights

Up until the 1760's when James Watt perfected the steam engine, water was the only natural power source of the day. The American millwright of that period was a master craftsman who completely designed and constructed mills. Water was directed over hand constructed wooden mill wheels to generate power. During that period, millwrights executed every type of engineering operation in the construction of these mills. They designed the patterns of the water wheel systems, carved their gear mechanisms, and then erected the heavy mill machines.

The traditional job of the millwright began to change by the latter part of the 1800's. The introduction of iron and steel in manufacturing machines created industries on a much larger scale. The millwright's role changed from planning and designing the machines to executing the plans produced by a designing engineer.

Millwrighting of the late 1900's is an occupation which demands precision and high skill. Today's millwright is concerned with the precision-fitting of machinery to tolerances of a thousandth of an inch. It is the millwright who installs and aligns heavy industrial machinery such as conveyor systems, moveable bridges, screw pumps, and turbines, and insures their efficient operation. They will even put into effect the vast and complex machines of the nuclear age.

We are nuclear qualified.

Audel Books

We do carry a complete list of all Audel books

IPT Books

We also carry a complete list of the IPT books

These books cover all areas of the construction,millwright and the building trades

Millwrighting and History

Millwrighting is not just a job. It is not just a way to make money.We as Millwrights are very proud of our history and our heritage.

"The person who works with his hands is a laborer; the person that works with his hands and his head is an artisan; the person who works with his hands, his head and his heart is a Union Millwright"



"For the Best-Trained, Highest-Skilled Workforce Available Anywhere....Union Millwrights ......The Trade Of All Trades .... GUARANTEED!"

Millwright Trades and Craft Unions

In the Millwright trade you're always doing something different and the knowledge out there to learn is so vast. You will never know it all and you are constantly learning. I found that really appealing." The some of the duties of a Millwright are to install, maintain and trouble shoot industrial machinery. In doing this you learn a little about other trades including: electrical, fabrication, welding and pipe fitting. The knowledge that Millwrights learn can give them an edge when companies are looking to promote workers to foreman type positions. Millwright have a great experience with all the different trades.

we specialize in the installation, repair, replacement, and dismantling of machinery and heavy equipment. Working throughout the U.S. for major corporations and industry leaders

Millwright Slogans

Millwrights "God Chosen Few"

Millwrights "Do It The Wright Way"

Millwrights "Handle it with precision"

Millwrights "Dont Get Out Of Line"

Millwrights Riggers "Safety and Quality"

Millwrights "Use Starrett tools"

Millwrights "Buy American"

Millwrights "The Trade Of All Trades"

Millwrights "Have The Wright Stuff"

Millwrights "World Class Mechanics"

Millwrights "Making Engineers Look Good"

Millwrights "Keep Your Hands Off Of My Tools"

Millwrights "Doctors Of Machinery"

Millwrights "We Can Handle It"

Millwrights "Machinery Specialist"

Millwrights "Machine Erectors"

Millwrights " What The Hell Is A Millwright"

Millwrights "Proud To Be Union"

Millwrights " Have Tools Will Travel"

Millwrights "God Bless America"

Millwrights "We Are The Future"

Millwrights "Unity And Solidarity"

Millwrights "Rotating Equipment Specialist"

Millwrights "The Nut Busters"

Millwrights "The Craft Union"

Millwrights "Tools Of The Trade Quality and Integrity"

Millwrights "Union Til I Die"

Millwrights "Nuclear Qualified"

Millwrights "Building American For Over 100 Years"

Millwrights "We Are Educated And Strong"


Millwright Ron

Owned and operated by a Union Millwright

Also a Vietnam Veteran

Millwrights are listed in all 50 States

Millwrights are located in all 50 states. Some states have more than one Union hall or local. Each locals has its own number setting it apart from the others.These Union halls have both journeymen and apprentices. Alabama,Alaska,Arizona,Arkansas,California,Colorado,Connecticut,Delaware,District of Columbia,Florida,Georgia,Guam,Hawaii,Idaho,Illinois,Indiana,Iowa,Kansas,Kentucky,Louisiana

Maine,Maryland,Massachusetts,Michigan,Minnesota,Mississippi,Missouri,Montana,Nebraska,Nevada,New Hampshire,New Jersey,New Mexico,New York,North Carolina,North Dakota

Ohio,Oklahoma,Oregon,Pennsylvania,Puerto Rico,Rhode Island,South Carolina,South Dakota,Tennessee,Texas,Utah,Vermont

Virginia ,Virgin Islands ,Washington,West Virginia,Wisconsin,Wyoming

Union Millwrights

Hire and employ all people.regardless of sex,color or nationality.