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What is a Millwright?

November 8, 2023

In the vast world of industrial machinery, there exists a specialized group of craftspeople known as millwrights. These skilled individuals play a crucial role in assembling, installing, and maintaining the intricate machinery that powers various industries. From factories and power plants to refineries and manufacturing facilities, millwrights ensure the smooth operation of heavy machinery. Egan Company millwrights have been working on projects across the Twin Cities since 1999, and are equipped with the knowledge and expertise to assist you. 


A millwright is a highly skilled tradesperson who specializes in the installation, maintenance, repair, and dismantling of heavy machinery found in industrial settings, such as factories, power plants, construction sites, and manufacturing facilities. The term “millwright” has historical roots, referring to those who originally worked on flour mills and other mechanical systems.


  • Machinery Installation: Millwrights are experts at assembling and installing large-scale machinery, including conveyor systems, turbines, generators, pumps, compressors, and other intricate equipment. They interpret engineering drawings, align components, and ensure everything is properly connected.
  • Machinery Maintenance: Millwrights are responsible for conducting regular inspections, preventive maintenance, and repairs on machinery to ensure optimal performance and prevent breakdowns. They use diagnostic tools, such as vibration analysis equipment, to detect potential issues before they escalate.
  • Machinery Repair: When machinery malfunctions or breaks down, millwrights spring into action. They troubleshoot the problem, identify faulty components, and replace or repair them accordingly. This involves working with various tools, such as wrenches, welding equipment, precision measuring instruments, and even computerized diagnostic software.
  • Machinery Alignment: Precision is critical in the functioning of machinery. Millwrights meticulously align and level equipment, ensuring all parts are properly positioned and calibrated to meet exact specifications. This involves using specialized laser alignment tools and techniques.
  • Safety and Compliance: Millwrights prioritize safety and adhere to strict occupational health and safety regulations. They take precautionary measures to secure machinery, install safety guards, and implement lockout/tagout procedures to protect workers from accidents during maintenance or repair activities.


  • Millwrights possess a deep understanding of mechanical principles and systems, enabling them to comprehend complex machinery and troubleshoot issues effectively.
  • They are well-versed in using various tools, machinery, and equipment relevant to their trade, including welding machines, cutting torches, rigging gear, and precision measurement instruments.
  • Millwrights can interpret technical drawings, schematics, and blueprints, allowing them to understand equipment specifications and assemble machinery accurately.
  • Millwrights excel at analyzing and solving complex mechanical problems. They possess a sharp eye for detail, can think critically, and approach challenges with a systematic mindset.
  • The job of a millwright often requires working in physically demanding environments, climbing heights, and maneuvering heavy machinery. Physical fitness, agility, and adaptability are essential attributes.

Millwrights are the backbone of industrial machinery, silently ensuring the smooth operation and longevity of vital equipment. Their expertise in installation, maintenance, and repair plays a significant role in keeping industries running efficiently. At Egan, our expert millwrights will assist you on projects big and small. From the moment a massive piece of machinery arrives at a site to its regular upkeep and occasional repair, Egan’s millwright workers are the skilled professionals who handle it all. Egan Millwright Specialties>