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A millwright is a craftsman or tradesman who installs, dismantles, repairs, reassembles, and moves machinery in factories, power plants, and construction sites.

As the name suggests, the original function of a millwright was the construction of flour mills, sawmills, paper mills and fulling mills powered by water or wind, mostly of wood with a limited number of metal parts. Since both of these structures originated from antiquity, millwrighting could be considered, arguably, as one of the oldest engineering trades and the forerunner of the modern mechanical engineer.

In modern usage, a millwright is engaged with the erection of machinery. This includes such tasks as leveling, aligning and installing machinery on foundations or base plates and setting, leveling and aligning electric motors or other power sources such as turbines with the equipment, which millwrights typically connect with some type of coupling.

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Here are some of the things a millwright ought to know about -- both big and small, but all important.

Hoisting and Rigging
Determining Load Weights
Installing Wire Rope Clips
Hydraulics and Pumps
Cleaning and Inspecting Bearings
Pneumatics and Compressors
Drive Formulas
Rules for Gearing Calculations
Roller Chain Speed
Chain Definitions
Standard Roller Chain Numbers
Sheet Metal
Hand Tools
Power Tools
Standard Tapers
Thread Terminology
Screw Thread Classes to Fit
Formula for Cement





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