Cherokee Millwright and Mechanical is looking for creative, quick-thinking, and motivated employees who are ready to take on a challenge. Cherokee is always looking to grow and therefore needs employees who are willing to take the steps to grow themselves with the company.

At Cherokee, you might find yourself installing a 20,000 lb silo or a robot that handles the disposal of radioactive materials. You may even be on a team responsible for relocating machinery inside one of the country's most productive car manufacturing facilities. We have many types of job opportunities and we offer extensive training throughout your career development.


Install, dismantle, or move machinery and heavy equipment according to layout plans, blueprints, or other drawings.

  • Replace defective parts of machine or adjust clearances and alignment of moving parts.
  • Align machines and equipment, using hoists, jacks, hand tools, squares, rules, micrometers, and plumb bobs.
  • Connect power unit to machines or steam piping to equipment, and test unit to evaluate its mechanical operation.
  • Assemble and install equipment using hand tools and power tools.
  • Position steel beams to support bedplates of machines and equipment, using blueprints and schematic drawings, to determine work procedures.
  • Signal crane operator to lower basic assembly units to bedplate, and align unit to centerline.
  • Insert shims, adjust tension on nuts and bolts, or position parts, using hand tools and measuring instruments, to set specified clearances between moving and stationary parts.
  • Move machinery and equipment, using hoists, dollies, rollers, and trucks.
  • Attach moving parts and subassemblies to basic assembly unit, using hand tools and power tools.


Use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products. Responsibilities:

  • Understand and practice the proper procedure of welding equipment.
  • Operate safety equipment, and use safe work habits.
  • Weld components in flat, vertical, or overhead positions.
  • Ignite torches or start power supplies and strike arcs by touching electrodes to metals being welded, completing electrical circuits.
  • Clamp, hold, tack-weld, heat-bend, grind and/or bolt component parts to obtain required configurations and positions for welding.
  • Detect faulty operation of equipment and/or defective materials, and notify supervisors.
  • Operate manual or semi-automatic welding equipment to fuse metal segments, using processes such as gas tungsten arc, gas metal arc, flux-cored arc, plasma arc, shielded metal arc, resistance welding, and submerged arc welding.
  • Monitor the fitting, burning, and welding processes to avoid overheating of parts or warping, shrinking, distortion, or expansion of material.
  • Examine work pieces for defects, and measure work pieces with straightedges or templates to ensure conformance with specifications.
  • Recognize, set up, and operate hand and power tools common to the welding trade, such as shielded metal arc and gas metal arc welding equipment.
  • Lay out, position, align, and secure parts and assemblies prior to assembly, using straightedges, combination squares, calipers, and rulers.


Operate or tend machinery equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets, to excavate and load loose materials. Responsibilities:

  • Move levers, depress foot pedals, and turn dials to operate power machinery such as power shovels, stripping-shovels, scraper loaders, backhoes and cranes.
  • Set up and inspect equipment prior to operation.
  • Observe hand signals, grade stakes, and other markings when operating machines so that work can be performed to specifications.
  • Become familiar with digging plans, machine capabilities and limitations, and with efficient and safe digging procedures in a given application.
  • Operate machinery to perform activities such as backfilling excavations, vibrating or breaking rock or concrete, and making winter roads.
  • Create and maintain inclines and ramps, and handle slides, mud, and pit cleanings and maintenance.
  • Move materials over short distances, such as around a construction site, factory, or warehouse.
  • Measure and verify levels of rock or gravel, bases, and other excavated material.
  • Receive written or oral instructions regarding material movement or excavation.


Assemble, install, and repair pipes, fittings, and fixtures of heating, water, and drainage systems, according to specifications and plumbing codes. Responsibilities:

  • Assemble pipe sections, tubing and fittings, using couplings, clamps, screws, bolts, cement, plastic solvent, caulking, or soldering, brazing and welding equipment.
  • Fill pipes or plumbing fixtures with water or air and observe pressure gauges to detect and locate leaks.
  • Review blueprints and building codes and specifications to determine work details and procedures.
  • Prepare written work cost estimates and negotiate contracts.
  • Study building plans and inspect structures to assess material and equipment needs, to establish the sequence of pipe installations, and to plan installation around obstructions such as electrical wiring.
  • Keep records of assignments and produce detailed work reports.
  • Perform complex calculations and planning for special or very large jobs.
  • Locate and mark the position of pipe installations, connections, passage holes, and fixtures in structures, using measuring instruments such as rulers and levels.
  • Measure, cut, thread, and bend pipe to required angle, using hand and power tools or machines such as pipe cutters, pipe-threading machines, and pipe-bending machines.
  • Install pipe assemblies, fittings, valves, appliances such as dishwashers and water heaters, and fixtures such as sinks and toilets, using hand and power tools.


Assemble or repair rigging to lift and move equipment or material in a manufacturing plant or on a construction project. Responsibilities:

  • Signal or verbally direct workers engaged in hoisting and moving loads, in order to ensure safety of workers and materials.
  • Test rigging to ensure safety and reliability.
  • Attach loads to rigging to provide support or prepare them for moving, using hand and power tools.
  • Select gear such as cables, pulleys, and winches, according to load weights and sizes, facilities, and work schedules.
  • Control movement of heavy equipment through narrow openings or confined spaces, using chain falls, gin poles, gallows frames, and other equipment.
  • Tilt, dip, and turn suspended loads to maneuver over, under, and/or around obstacles, using multi-point suspension techniques.
  • Align, level, and anchor machinery.
  • Fabricate, set up, and repair rigging, supporting structures, hoists, and pulling gear, using hand and power tools.
  • Manipulate rigging lines, hoists, and pulling gear to move or support materials such as heavy equipment, ships, or theatrical sets.
  • Attach pulleys and blocks to fixed overhead structures such as beams, ceilings, and gin pole booms, using bolts and clamps.


Fabricate, assemble, install, and repair sheet metal products and equipment, such as ducts, control boxes, drainpipes, and furnace casings. Work may involve any of the following: setting up and operating fabricating machines to cut, bend, and straighten sheet metal; shaping metal over anvils, blocks, or forms using hammer; operating soldering and welding equipment to join sheet metal parts; inspecting, assembling, and smoothing seams and joints of burred surfaces. Responsibilities:

  • Determine project requirements, including scope, assembly sequences, and required methods and materials, according to blueprints, drawings, and written or verbal instructions.
  • Lay out, measure, and mark dimensions and reference lines on material, such as roofing panels, according to drawings or templates, using calculators, scribes, dividers, squares, and rulers.
  • Maneuver completed units into position for installation, and anchor the units.
  • Convert blueprints into shop drawings to be followed in the construction and assembly of sheet metal products.
  • Install assemblies, such as flashing, pipes, tubes, heating and air conditioning ducts, furnace casings, rain gutters, and down spouts, in supportive frameworks.
  • Select gauges and types of sheet metal or non-metallic material, according to product specifications.
  • Drill and punch holes in metal, for screws, bolts, and rivets.
  • Fasten seams and joints together with welds, bolts, cement, rivets, solder, caulks, metal drive clips, and bonds to assemble components into products or to repair sheet metal items.
  • Fabricate or alter parts at construction sites, using shears, hammers, punches, and drills.
  • Trim, file, grind, deburr, buff, and smooth surfaces, seams, and joints of assembled parts, using hand tools and portable power tools.


Education is more than just career training - it's the essential framework of your success at Cherokee Millwright. We offer a unique and specialized Journeyman program to help you meet your goals and reach your true potential. Journeymen go through a 4 year apprenticeship program that includes classroom time as well as on-the-job trainig. The Classroom sessions meet once a week from September through May. The experience and knowledge gained in the field during this time coupled with classroom time and training sessions are an important investment in your future. We will invest in your success! Cherokee Millwright and Mechanical also offers many safety courses such as:

  • OSHA 10-hour class
  • MSHA 8-hour class
  • OSHA TSDF HAZWOPER 8-hour class
  • CPR
  • First Aid
  • Fire Protection
  • Lock-Out Tag-Out
  • Excavation
  • Lifts (Scissor and Boom)
  • Fork Lifts
  • Hoisting, Rigging, Scaffolding
  • Load Securement
  • Oxyacetylene Welding/Welding Awareness


Repair and overhaul automobiles, trucks, forklifts, and other automotive vehicles in the fleet. Mechanics repair virtually any part on the vehicle or specialize in the transmission system. Responsibilities:

  • Examine vehicles to determine extent of damage or malfunctions.
  • Confer with customers to obtain descriptions of vehicle problems, and to discuss work to be performed and future repair requirements
  • Test drive vehicles, and test components and systems, using equipment such as infrared engine analyzers, compression gauges, and computerized diagnostic devices.
  • Repair, reline, replace, and adjust brakes.
  • Review work orders and discuss work with supervisors.
  • Follow checklists to ensure all important parts are examined, including belts, hoses, steering systems, spark plugs, brake and fuel systems, wheel bearings, and other potentially troublesome areas.
  • Plan work procedures, using charts, technical manuals, and experience.
  • Test and adjust repaired systems to meet manufacturers' performance specifications.
  • Perform routine and scheduled maintenance services such as oil changes, lubrications, and tune-ups.
  • Disassemble units and inspect parts for wear, using micrometers, calipers, and gauges.

You may be a recent high school graduate or a seasoned and experienced Millwright or Sheet Metal worker. If you are, a career is waiting for you at Cherokee Millwright and Mechanical or Cherokee Metalworks.


We currently have job openings. If you are interested in filling out an application, you may stop by our offices at the following locations:


1034 Ross Drive
Maryville, TN 37801
Phone: 865-379-1500
Fax: 865-379-1551


6023 Ontario Cr.,
Morristown, TN 37814
Phone: 423-318-8430
Fax: 423-318-8434


Because Cherokee Millwright attracts the best employees and aims to be the employer of choice, we offer an extremely competitive benefits package including: Group medical insurance, dental insurance, group life AD&D, 401(k) among other services. All full-time regular employees are eligible the first day of the calendar month after 90 days of employment to enroll in our benefits package.


Our group medical insurance plan provides affordable protection from the financial burden of an illness or injury. Cherokee covers major medical expenses - 80% after deductible and 100% of most preventive expenses within network. Out of network coverage is 60%. Cherokee offers its employees the ability to customize coverage through options of employee only or family. In addition employees pay for their medical insurance on a pre-tax basis, reducing taxes and increasing take home pay. (Section 125).


This managed care plan offers very generous benefits for preventative and diagnostic care as well as substantial savings on every procedure from fillings to crowns. Like the medical insurance, dental premiums are paid on a pre-tax basis; again, reducing taxes and increasing take home pay.


Cherokee also provides the following voluntary benefits: Aflac accident insurance for you, your spouse and children, cancer coverage, a smoking cessation program, and personal short-term disability coverage (employee only).

Cherokee provides Group Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) insurance coverage to all regular, full-time employees. This coverage is paid for entirely by Cherokee. If your needs for term life insurance exceed the amount provided to you by Cherokee, eligible, full-time employees can purchase additional amounts through the Supplemental Life Insurance Plan. As well, if you participate in this supplemental coverage, you may also purchase term life insurance for your spouse and children.

Cherokee is pleased to offer a valuable savings and retirement plan to help employees prepare for their financial future. The 1st day of the quarter following one year of continuous employment, employees are eligible to contribute up to 16% of their compensation on a pre-tax basis to the 401(k) plan in accordance with IRS limitations.

Cherokee offers to all of our employees paid holidays and has an accumulated time off program. Additionally, we offer a clothing and tool allowance for all employees.

Cherokee is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Interviewing and hiring practices at Cherokee Millwright do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, veteran status, national origin, religion, or disability.

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