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The work of the millwright is both mechanical and electrical.  It involves dismantling, fault detection and repairing of, for example, electric motors, which the millwright will dismantle, and test, checking wiring and determining power output and consumption.  The millwright also maintains, reconstructs and installs heavy machinery, electrically driven machines and electronic control gear.  With the trend to automation, this trade also requires knowledge of electronics as applied in the control of heavy electrically driven equipment.  A millwright must have a thorough knowledge of the manufacturing of machine componenets and manufacture parts as required.

A millwright usually works in the production section of plants, but sometimes has to perform tasks in the workshop.  Conditions and benefits are similar to those of other trades people.


Entry Requirements

It is assumed that learners embarking on learning towards this qualification are in possession of:

N2 Mathematics
Engineering Science
Industrial Electronics
Electrical Trade Theory


GR 12 Mathematics
Physical Science
Technical Drawing
Electrical Technology

* 40% or higher is required
* Maths Literacy is not accepted

Career Outlook

Working conditions vary from one job to another.

On mining job sites, millwrights are exposed to a variety of weather conditions. In plant maintenance, they may work indoors and outdoors.

Hours of work also vary: shift work and some overtime may be required. The work environment may be noisy and there is some risk of injury when working with heavy machinery.

Millwrights may be required to lift and move items that weigh over 20 kilograms.


- Large engineering works
- Large industrial plants
- Factories
- Mines
- Organisations such as Mittal, Eskom and Sasol

Institutional Training and Workplace Experience

The learner is engaged by the company, registered for training within 3 days and scheduled for basic training in co-operation with DSIH. The company issues the learner with a toolbox and protective clothing and gives the learner full induction training.

Year 1 - Basic Training
The learner attends basic training at DSIH as soon as possible after engagement, where the learner spends approximately 12 weeks and completes the modular basic skills training course as well as a course in first aid. At the end of the course and before returning to the mine the learner is issued with an on-job training programme.

On completion of basic training the learner returns to the employer where they will be placed under the supervision of an artisan / foreman who will ensure that the practical skills of the learner are further developed in accordance with the on-job training programme. The learner should complete approximately half of the compulsory assessments prior to attending advanced training at DSIH in their second year.

Year 2 - Advanced Training
During the learner's second year of learnership, the learner will be recalled to DSIH for approximately 12 weeks to do an advanced training course. 

Year 3 - Final Phase Training
During the third year of training the learner will be recalled for approximately 12 weeks to DSIH for final phase training just prior to the qualifying assessment.