Why Millwright Services are Essential for Industrial Operations: Key Differences from Mechanics & When to Hire One

Millwrighting services are one of the most common client requests we receive at Able Machinery Movers. Often when clients come to us they know the job is likely beyond the expertise of a mechanic, but they don’t realize that industrial millwright services are what they need. What we provide them with first is information on millwrighting services and how they differ from the work of a mechanic.


A millwright is a highly specialized professional that capable of repair, dismantle, assemble and install heavy machinery in a variety of settings. They are also experts in machine moving and relocation. In order to do this, a millwright must be able to read blueprints and work with complex electronics. They also sometimes have to diagnose issues and figure out solutions.

Some millwrights earn a degree from a technical school, but all millwrights must complete an apprenticeship that generally lasts 3-5 years. During that time the apprentice works alongside a millwright to learn all of the specialized skills of the trade.


A mechanic is a professional that is able to work on machines and equipment to ensure they are fully operable. There are many different mechanics that specialize in working on a certain type of machinery. For example, an auto mechanic works on vehicles. Industrial mechanics are experienced at repairing and maintaining heavy equipment and machinery.

The mechanic is the person who takes care of equipment that is already installed. They should be able to spot problems and regularly maintain the machines to avoid major repairs. This means mechanics needs to have a general knowledge of machinery and good attention to detail.

Becoming a mechanic doesn’t require a technical degree or apprenticeship. However, there are technical schools that provide professional training.


While they may sound similar and there can be some overlap, millwrights and mechanics have distinctly different jobs. It’s important to understand the key differences so you know which professional is most appropriate for the job.

Millwrights Do More Technical Work

A millwright is going to be needed for more technical work, particularly when heavy machinery or equipment is being installed. They are also needed for major repairs because of their knowledge about the machinery they install and how it’s assembled.

Technical expertise is one of the key reasons why millwrights excel at machinery installation. They are trained to work with a variety of heavy machinery, including conveyor systems, turbines, generators, and hydraulic equipment. In addition to understanding the mechanical components, a millwright also knows their way around electrical parts and computers. They are able to get each system operating for modern day heavy machinery.

Mechanics Offer Everyday Support

Mechanics take on more of a maintenance role in industrial settings. Their primary role is keeping machinery up and running at optimal levels. Many industrial operations have mechanics on staff so that machines and equipment are maintained and monitored daily. Depending on the number and types of machines involved an industrial company may hire a whole team of full-time mechanics.

A mechanic can help you plan out a maintenance schedule for a piece of equipment and then carry out the regular maintenance to reduce wear and tear while improving efficiency. If the mechanic notices a minor repair needed during a maintenance inspection, they can go ahead and make the repair often on the spot.

Millwrights Have More Specialized Skill Set

Millwrights can typically do the job of a mechanic, but a mechanic often can’t perform the specialized jobs of a millwright. These specialized services include:

  • Rigging
  • Welding
  • Alignment
  • Precision Measurement
  • Project Planning

All of these skills are critical for industrial machine moving, installation and disassembly. It also comes into play when a major repair is needed that’s beyond the scope of a mechanic. A millwright has the tools and experience that are often needed to diagnose the repair and come up with the best solution based on a number of factors like the repair cost, anticipated lifespan of the machine and efficiency compared to installing a new piece of equipment.


Is it time to hire a millwright? There are some important benefits that come with millwrighting services over regular mechanic services.

The Millwright Can Handle Any Heavy Machinery Job

When it comes to industrial machines, millwrights have a really broad scope of knowledge that ranges from installation to disassembly when a piece of equipment needs to be replaced. If you need several different jobs done at once a millwright can probably handle them all.

Over the decades we’ve gained a reputation for having a team of expert millwrights that can provide services across virtually all industries. We’re equipped to handle any millwright job, including full factory relocations that require equipment disassembly, moving, assembly and alignment.

Enhanced Safety

The number one priority should always be ensuring safety and efficient operation of your heavy machinery. For this reason, it’s essential to hire a millwright who has the training, expertise and specialized tools needed to work with complex industrial machinery. They can provide more assurance that every component is installed correctly and operates as it should.

At Able all of our millwrights are qualified to safely handle heavy equipment, have received OSHA safety training and operate under the highest safety margins.

Deep Knowledge of Machinery

A millwright truly knows machines inside and out since they are the ones who put them together and take them apart. This deep knowledge of machinery is particularly beneficial if you are using custom-made machines or want to install a new piece of equipment with the latest technology.

Able Machinery Movers millwrighting services are best-in-class while being uncomplicated. That’s because our millwrights are true professionals that strive to be experts in their specialized services. They take pride in figuring out even the most complex assemblies, rigging jobs, repairs, and relocations.

Learn more about our millwrighting services or contact us today to discuss your project needs.