Schools for Aspiring Millwrights: How to Choose

Dec 12, 2019

Millwrights build, repair and install heavy machinery. Programs prepare students to work with a variety of materials, from wood to steel, and graduates have the technical knowledge necessary for work in factories and repair shops, in mines, on construction sites or as independent contractors. Prospective students can choose a certificate or associate's degree program, depending on future education and career goals.

Millwright certificate and AAS programs are offered by many state and community colleges throughout the country. Programs are typically one to two years in length.

Schools with Millwright Programs

These schools offer millwright certificate and associate's degree programs, and some offer apprenticeships.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees 2018-2019*
Lane Community College Eugene, OR 2-year, Public Associate's, Apprenticeship $4,812 in-state, $10,428 out-of-state
Metropolitan Community College Kansas City, KS 2-year, Public Associate's $5,520 in-state, $7,140 out-of-state
GateWay Community College Phoenix, AZ 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,070 in-state, $7,854 out-of-state
Umpqua Community College Roseburg, OR 2-year, Public Apprenticeship $5,001 in-state, $5,586 out-of-state
Alabama Southern Community College Monroeville, AL 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's N/A
Portland Community College Portland, OR 2-year, Public Apprenticeship $4,340 in-state, $9,200 out-of-state
Prince William Sound Community College- University of Alaska Anchorage, AK 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $8,580 tuition, $24,762 out-of-state
SOWELA Technical Community College Lake Charles, LA 2-year, Public Certificate $4,185 in-state, $8,522 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Students should consider these factors when choosing a millwright program:

  • Programs differ in that some programs require more algebra and physics; others require more humanities courses like history, English and sociology.
  • Aspiring millwrights may want to consider the availability and type of apprenticeships open to them through different schools.
  • Prospective students may want to consider millwright technology programs based on the dominant industry in the city or region of the school or in which they live.

Certificate in Millwright Technology

A 1-year certificate program trains future millwrights through classroom instruction and a significant field component. Graduates are qualified to enter the workforce in entry-level millwright positions at factories or small machinery shops.

Associate of Applied Science in Millwright Technology

Associate's degree programs in millwright technology combine a series of general education courses with classes specific to millwright training. Graduates of these 2-year programs can enter the workforce or transfer to 4-year bachelor's degree programs.

Aspiring millwrights should consider a program's curriculum and the availability of apprenticeships when choosing a school. Students may also choose a program based on what industry is dominant in their region.

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