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Career Area: Manufacturing
Apprenticeship
Program Number: 50-464-0
Credit Program
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Maintenance Technician Careers

Millwrights and maintenance mechanics install, dismantle, or move machinery and heavy equipment according to layout plans, blueprints, or other drawings. They keep machines, mechanical equipment, or the structure of an establishment in repair. Duties may involve pipefitting; boiler making; insulating; welding; machining; carpentry; repairing electrical or mechanical equipment; installing, aligning, and balancing new equipment; and repairing buildings, floors, or stairs.

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Recent Wisconsin job postings for this apprenticeship:

  • Maintenance Technician
  • Millwrights

Average Median Wage

$76973

Description

Maintenance Technicians are highly skilled individuals who safely perform mechanical and electrical duties to keep machines, equipment, or the structure of a facility in repair. They perform preventative and predictive maintenance functions on motors, generators, air compressors and conveyors; starters and motor control centers; programmable logic controllers, computer-based controls, control panels and electrical control systems; and fluid power systems.

Today, most modern industrial facilities are relatively clean, well lit, and ventilated. Maintenance Technicians are typically not limited to a specific work area; rather, they are highly mobile and active throughout the facility, going wherever their skills are needed. However, they must be able to stand for long periods of time and work in cramped or uncomfortable positions and on ladders and lifts. They often work with their hands above their heads, in confined spaces and in a variety of conditions and temperatures, both hot and cold.

Working around machines and equipment and with high voltage presents certain dangers. Maintenance Technicians must vigilantly follow safety precautions, and wear personal protective equipment, such as high-voltage suits and gloves, safety belts, protective glasses and/or hard hats, to avoid common hazards.

Maintenance Technicians typically work a 40-hour week, and overtime is common.

To become a Maintenance Technician Apprentice, you’ll need to find an employer who will sponsor you. Each company has its own requirements for entry into the apprenticeship program. Once you have a sponsor, your employer will contact the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards who will create an apprenticeship contract between you and your employer.

 

 

Details and Requirements

  • 5-year program
  • 9,280 hours of on-the-job training
  • 864 hours of paid related classroom instruction
  • Transition-To-Trainer Course in the final year of the apprenticeship
  • Additional hours of unpaid related instruction
  • Must have high school diploma or equivalent
  • Entry requirements vary by employer
  • Applicants apply directly to participating employers

Apprenticeship Information

Working Conditions:

Millwrights and maintenance mechanics employed in manufacturing often work in a typical factory shop setting and use protective equipment to avoid common hazards such as safety belts, protective glasses, and hard hats.