Millwright Test

The millwright test helps employers and recruiters to assess prospective employees on their mechanical maintenance knowledge and skills.

  • What is a millwright test?

    The millwright test is the first stage of the millwright apprenticeship. Millwrights are responsible for installing, maintaining, using and repairing industrial machinery and mechanical equipment.

    It's a job with a lot of responsibility, so the millwright test helps employers ensure that only people with adequate knowledge and skills are hired.

    The test itself contains sections on math, science and reading comprehension. You might also be asked questions on topics such as hydraulics, power and mechanical maintenance.

About the Millwright Test

A millwright needs precision and specific knowledge around mechanical processes. It's one of the oldest professions, but still has a very important presence in the modern world.

Setting a millwright test gives you a useful indication of the level of skill and expertise of the candidates you're assessing. As well as examining their basic education, the test has more tailored multiple-choice questions that look at specific knowledge millwrights would need to do their job effectively and safely.

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  • Why should you use a millwright test for recruiting?

    Millwrights need to possess specific knowledge about mechanical processes and machinery maintenance. As a result, it can be difficult to differentiate candidates solely through their resumes. Many applicants will have similar levels of experience and knowledge on paper, but will give you a much clearer idea of their potential when faced with a test.

    The millwright test is suitable for the following additional jobs:

    • Industrial Mechanic
    • Some engineering roles

    Setting the test will help to ensure time isn't wasted interviewing and training the wrong people for the job.

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Results for the Millwright Test along with other assessments the candidate takes will be compiled to produce a candidate report. The report is automatically generated and available both online and as a downloadable pdf so they can be shared with other team members and employees alike.

How our test assesses millwright skills

Candidates will need to answer a range of questions that measure industry-specific technical skills where applicable, soft skills (e.g. teamwork), aptitude (e.g. mechanical reasoning) and relevant personality dimensions (e.g. detail orientation). The results present a holistic view of how well suited each candidate is for the job at hand, using a data-driven approach.

The format varies by type of question, including multiple-choice for aptitude and technical skills, situational judgement for soft skills and agreement on a Likert scale for the personality dimensions. This approach ensures candidates are being assessed in an accurate and fair manner, and that results reflect the true underlying qualities of each candidate.

The characteristics, abilities and knowledge necessary to be a Millwright were identified using the US Department of Labor's comprehensive O*NET database. O*NET is the leading source of occupational information that is constantly updated by collecting data from employees in specific job roles.

During the development process, test questions were rigorously analysed to maximise reliability and validity in line with industry best practices. They were created by our team of I/O psychologists and psychometricians – who collaborated with subject-matter-experts – and field-tested with a representative sample of job applicants who have varying experience, just like you might find in a talent pool.

Each test is reviewed by a panel of individuals representing diverse backgrounds to check for any sensitivity, fairness, face validity and accessibility issues. This ensures each candidate has a fair chance of demonstrating their true level of expertise.

Our Millwright test is monitored to ensure it is up-to-date and optimised for performance.


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Picked provides evidence-based recommendations for tests to use for over 750 jobs. Our recommendation engine leverages data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) developed by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).


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    We offer Millwright tests for all levels so you can assess all roles within your organisation.


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Our team of assessment experts is made up of I/O psychologists and psychometricians who are dedicated to making all of our tests as reliable, valid and fair as possible. They strictly adhere to best practices in the industry and stay on top of the latest innovations to ensure job candidates’ unique profiles of characteristics, abilities and knowledge are being measured accurately while minimising bias. They leverage decades of research and advanced predictive analytics to build assessments that link to outcomes that matter, such as job performance, turnover, engagement, culture fit and more.

“Personality profiling allowed us to perform lookalike modelling of our most successful employees and use this as a blueprint for new hires.”
Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain
Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain

Millwright Test FAQs

What are the key skills for a millwright?

As well as basic reading and writing, and scientific and mathematical skills, millwrights need a solid understanding of mechanical processes such as hydraulics and pneumatics, and to understand the basics of areas such as rigging and power transmission.

When in the application process is it best to use a millwright test?

The most efficient time to use the test is probably early on in the application process.

Once you've selected which candidates have the relevant educational background and experience to start the application process, you can set the millwright test to dig deeper into their skills and knowledge.

What is the cost for Picked's millwright test?

Picked operates on a monthly or annual subscription basis. We have several plans to suit your hiring needs, which you can check out here. Alternatively, you can get in touch with us to discuss a custom plan.

Can I get a free trial?

Yes, simply sign up (no credit card is required) and we'll give you unlimited access for 7 seven days. Create as many jobs and test as many candidates as you want; you won't be charged a penny.

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Izzie, Head of HR, iZettle, Sweden

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