How To Become A Millwright

Friday, 25 June, 2021 - 09:59
Sakinah Samuels

If you're interested in installing and maintaining heavy machinery used in industry, sounds like you should consider a career being a Millwright. Becoming a Millwright is a riveting career choice and offers many opportunities in South Africa. Here's what you need to know.


Are you thinking of becoming a Millwright? Here's all you need to know about becoming one.

What does a Millwright do? 

A Millwright or electromechanician is a highly skilled tradesman who installs and maintains heavy machinery used in industry. They perform maintenance work on production machines, electrically-driven machines and electronic control gear. Millwrights are highly sought-after in industry because their work is both mechanical and electrical.  

What are the working conditions of a Millwright?

A Millwright works both indoors and outdoors. Indoor work sites may not have air conditioning or heating. They must often get into awkward positions to reach cramped work spaces. They are also often exposed to high places, such as working on scaffolding. A Millwright has to wear protective clothing and gear, such as hardhats, gloves, and work boots, on a daily basis.

What are the duties and tasks of a Millwright?

  • Installing, maintaining, and repairing industrial machinery and equipment
  • Maintaining and repairing all electrical, electronic and mechanical plant equipment
  • Using specialised tools, such as welders or hydraulic bolters, they align and replace a machine’s individual parts
  • Transferring machines to several sites, either to install or repair them
  • Fault-finding on AC & DC motor circuits
  • Designing and installing Electrical Wire Ways

What skills and abilities are required to become a Millwright?

  • Strong communication and computer skills
  • Availability to travel regularly to different sites
  • An eye for detail
  • Good numeracy skills to take accurate measurements using precision instruments
  • Good time management
  • Good team worker to solve problems by bringing others together to work through differences

What should I do if I want to study to become a Millwright?

  • Contact your nearest institution to enquire about the entrance requirements to do the Millwright course
  • Visit Millwrights to gain more knowledge about the field and what it entails
  • Contact DHET Career Development Services to provide you with free quality career information, advice and counselling services on 086 999 0123 or e-mail:
  • Go for an aptitude test to help understand if a career being a Millwright is for you
  • Attend Career Exhibitions in your area to liaise with higher learning institutions and obtain application forms

Where can I study to get a job as a Millwright?

TVET Colleges offer courses to build a career to become a Millwright. Through these programmes, you can develop the skills you need and become qualified.

Visit the TVET Colleges website for more on South Africa's TVET Colleges. 

What are the minimum entry requirements to study Millwright at a TVET College? 

NC(V) Programme:  

  • A Grade 9 Certificate + college requirements set per programme. 

NATED Programme:  

  • N1 admission – Grade 9 Certificate + college requirements set per programme.
  • N4 admission - Grade 12 with a pass in Mathematics + college requirements set per programme OR an NC(V) Level 4 Certificate in Electrical Infrastructure Construction.
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