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
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
Proud Member Of The Union 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.
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..
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Our goal here at UnionMillwright.com 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.
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It is up to us to help each other.
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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
Glossary Of Pump And Seal Terms
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?
List of search engines that have listed Union Millwrights at www.unionmillwright.com
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
Wood Group Field Services
Sister's In The Building Trades
Historical.Water, Wind and Steam Mills
Union Members Web
Southeastern Carpenters Training Center
Louisiana Regional Council
Portland Or. Millwrights
Canadian Skilled Trades
Los Angeles,Ca. Millwright's
Michigan Training Center
Pacific Northwest Regional Council
Milwaukee, Wisconsin District Council
Michigan Regional Council
Suburan N.Y. Regional Council
Augusta, Ga. Millwright's
Philadelphia, Pa. Millwright's
Ontario, Can. Millwright's
Bettendorf, IA. Millwright's
Vancouver, Wa. Millwright's
Lincoln, Ill. Millwright'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
Social Networking Websites
Union Millwrights are found on all of the major social networking websites. Below is a list of some
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"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.
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.
We do carry a complete list of all Audel 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"
"SKILL ON PRINCIPLE"
"UNION BY CHOICE"
"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
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"
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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
Hire and employ all people.regardless of sex,color or nationality.