Maintenance Mechanic/Millwright Apprenticeship

An instructor works with a student on a machine

Program Overview

Rice Lake

Maintenance mechanic/millwright can lead to multiple career options. Manufactures of all types and sizes need maintenance mechanics/millwrights. You will have the opportunity to work in a career field that is both challenging and rewarding. In this program, you can start any semester that works for you.

As a maintenance mechanic, machine repairer or millwright, you will install, dismantle or move machinery and heavy equipment according to layout plans, blueprints or other drawings. You will keep machines, mechanical equipment or the structure of an establishment in repair. Duties may involve pipe fitting, boiler making, insulating, welding, machining, carpentry, repairing electrical or mechanical equipment, installing, aligning and balancing new equipment and repairing buildings, floors or stairs. Essentially you will repair the buildings and everything mechanically within its contents.

Learn by Doing

All theory is back by hands-on applications at your workplace, allowing you to explore the processes that will become the foundation for your career as a maintenance mechanic, machine repairer, or millwright.

Work with Teams, Experienced instructor 

Working with a laboratory partners and an experienced instructor, your hands-on laboratory experiences allow the teamwork approach in learning. 

Employers Choose WITC

There are several employers in our district that utilize the apprenticeship program and their training program to insure they have the best trained workforce possible.


General Information and Application Process

  • Application process:

    • Application process
      • Obtain application from the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards.
      • To become an apprentice in the state of Wisconsin, one must first be indentured by the State Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS).
      • Complete and return your application with a copy of a high school transcript or GED.
      • Contact an employer on your own. Each company has its own requirements for entry into the apprenticeship program.
      • Once you have a sponsor, contact the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards who will create an apprenticeship contract between you and your employer
  • Work Description:

    • Maintenance mechanics, machine repairers and millwrights 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 pipe fitting, boiler making, insulating, welding, machining, carpentry, repairing electrical or mechanical equipment, installing, aligning and balancing new equipment and repairing buildings, floors or stairs. Essentially these individuals repair the buildings and everything mechanically within its contents.

  • Working Conditions:

    • Maintenance mechanics, machine repairers and millwrights employed in manufacturing or repairs often work in a typical factory setting and use protective equipment such as safety belts, protective glasses and hard hats to avoid common hazards.

  • Qualifications:

    • Age 18 years, high school diploma or GED

    • Physically capable of performing the trade

    • Entry requirements vary by employer.

  • Terms of Apprenticeship:

    • 4-year training program
    • 7,424 hours on-the-job training
    • 576 hours of paid related instruction over a 4-year period
    • Classroom instruction is scheduled every other week which includes 18 eight-hour days during the academic year.

For More Information:

Contact Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College at Rice Lake for information about the skilled occupations and industries in Northwest Wisconsin and advice about the requirements and application procedures. WITC works closely with regional apprenticeship offices (located in Chippewa Falls, Wausau, Milwaukee, Appleton and Madison), business and industry, and local labor union offices.

Obtain application from links to forms by contacting: 

Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards

When you have found an employer/sponsor, contact the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards -

 

Contact:

Eric Lockwood, Director of Apprenticeship and Workforce Training
715.246.6561, ext. 4297
 

Margie Ince, Apprenticeship Assistant
715.234.7082, ext. 5289

TAKE the NEXT STEP

Are you ready to experience success? WITC staff are standing by to support you in reaching your educational and career goals, so do it. Take the leap.