Millwright: Twin Cities

Other locations:
Northern Minnesota

Job description

millwrightWork involves the assembly, erection, installation and maintenance of all types of industrial machines and equipment. Includes presenting installations and moving production equipment and machines.

Millwrights will gain skills in the use of a variety of hand and power tools, welding and brazing of all types of metals, and will learn to use all types of welding equipment, optic tooling, precision measuring tools, hoists, and cranes.


Apprenticeship program

Applications are made in person and can be filled out year-round, Monday – Friday 9-11 a.m. and 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., at the following office:

L. J. Shosten Union Training Center
1295 North Hunting Valley Road
St. Paul, MN 55108
(651) 646-7337 or (888) 650-3422

Contact Person
Paul Trudeau

The Millwrights qualifying test is given only on the second Tuesday of the months of January, April, July and October of each year.

The program includes 7,000 hours of on-the-job training and a minimum of 144 hours of related-instruction, to be attended one night a week at L.J. Shosten Union Training Center.


  • Must be 17 years of age or older.
  • Must be a citizen of the US or in the process of receiving naturalization status.
  • Must have a high school diploma or a GED Certificate.
  • Must be able to furnish documents verifying that applicant meets the first three qualifications.
  • Be physically able to perform the work of the craft.

Selection procedures

Applicant, upon meeting above qualifications, will be required to take the Millwright qualifying test. Any applicant scoring below 70% will be ruled ineligible, and will be so notified by mail. Qualified applicants will be notified on when and where to appear for an oral interview by the Joint Apprenticeship Committee.

Each committee member will use the official rating form for each applicant they interview, and the average of the individual scores received will be that applicant's interview score.

The final score/rating for each applicant will be a composite of the applicant's score on the Millwright qualifying test and his/her interview score. The final score/rating assigned to each applicant will determine his/her position on the list of eligibles. Applicants will remain on the list for a period of two (2) years.

Selection of apprentices to be taken during the year will always be done by taking the candidate with the highest rating on the list of eligibles and then working downward in descending order. Applicants can reapply at any time if they wish to do so.

More Information

Tools Needed

Worker is expected to furnish a set of hand tools; contractors will provide the larger tools and the power tools that are necessary for the trade. Initial costs will run around $400.

Transportation Requirements

Workers must provide their own transportation.


Generally, eight (8) hours daily.


Apprentice starts at 50% of the wage earned by a journeyperson. He/she will receive a 5% increase in pay each 500 hours worked up to 3,000 hours. Thereafter is a 10% increase for each 1,000 hours until journey-level is reached. Apprentices receive benefits.

Union Dues

There is an initiation fee and monthly membership dues. Check with the local for the amounts.

Contact Us

Millwrights and Machinery Erectors
Local 548

Innsbruck Office Park, Suite 120
2722 Hwy 694
New Brighton, MN 55112
(651) 636-3999

North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters
710 Olive St.
St. Paul, MN 55130

John Raines
Mark Magler

Apprenticeship Coordinator
Paul Trudeau