Essential skills for success as an industrial mechanic (Millwright)
Industrial mechanics (Millwrights) use essential skills to complete trade-related tasks. Use this fact sheet to:
- learn how essential skills are used on the job;
- find out the skills you need to succeed in your trade; and
- help prepare yourself for your career.
- Read notes from co-workers, such as descriptions of work completed.
- Read directions on product labels for safe handling, usage and first aid procedures.
- Read memos and notices from supervisors, co-workers and suppliers, such as notices about scheduled power shutdowns.
- Read bulletins from regulatory organizations about changes to standards, regulations and code requirements.
- Read manuals for operating, troubleshooting and repairing tools and equipment.
- Look for caution and warning signs to identify hazards in work areas.
- Scan labels for information, such as part, model and serial numbers.
- Locate data in lists, tables and schedules, such as to find out what tools and parts are needed to assemble machinery.
- Fill in forms, such as purchase orders.
- Interpret schematic drawings.
- Retrieve data from scale drawings, such as to identify the locations of machinery to be installed and serviced.
- Measure using rulers, tapes, thermometers and scales.
- Compare measurements such as width, height, temperature, pressure and rotations per minute on a variety of parts and specifications to make sure they are within an acceptable range.
- Estimate time required to complete installation and repair tasks.
- Adjust and align machinery and equipment according to specifications.
- Use specialized measuring tools such as vernier calipers, micrometers, angle finders, feeler gauges and dial indicators.
- Calculate loads, capacities and dimensions for mechanical components and systems.
- Write brief text entries in forms and logbooks, such as observations of equipment performance.
- Write incident reports in forms that describe malfunctions, breakdowns and accidents that identify potential causes and effects.
- Write maintenance and repair procedures.
- Talk to suppliers and contractors about equipment specifications, deliveries, service times and price quotes.
- Discuss work orders, equipment malfunctions and job task coordination with co-workers.
- Communicate with supervisors about work progress and seek their guidance and approvals.
- Discuss issues such as safety, productivity, major repairs and policy changes at meetings with co-workers, supervisors, engineers and clients.
- Teach practices and procedures to co-workers, apprentices and clients.
Working with others
- Work independently.
- Form teams with co-workers, clients and contractors when installing and overhauling large pieces of equipment or completing industrial systems.
- Participate in discussions about work processes or product improvement.
- Demonstrate how to perform tasks to other workers.
- Orient or train new employees.
- Monitor the work performance of others.
- Determine whether to refurbish, repair or replace worn and defective parts.
- Assess whether designs meet technical specifications, performance requirements and regulations.
- Plan job tasks based on work assignments and follow planned work schedules to coordinate work with co-workers and contractors.
- Take necessary steps when parts needed for maintenance and repairs are unavailable, such as fabricating replacement parts or obtaining approvals to use non-standard parts.
- Select materials and methods to maintain, repair and improve industrial equipment and systems.
- Evaluate the safety of work environments.
- Use a number of sources to find technical information needed to troubleshoot faults with machinery and systems.
- Use databases, such as maintenance and financial systems databases.
- Use computer-assisted design, manufacturing and machining programs.
- Use email to communicate with supervisors, clients and suppliers.
- Use handheld devices such as vibration data collectors and analyzers.
- Read manuals and bulletins to stay aware of new developments in the industry.
- Learn informally by exchanging information with co-workers and suppliers.
- Attend training workshops on new equipment and safety procedures.
- Take courses to learn and improve technical skills.
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