Bench Worker

Tend machines that wind, shape, or finish coiled and flat springs.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Bench Workers do?

Tends machines that wind, shape, or finish coiled and flat springs or wire forms to specifications: Positions metal or wire blanks or coiled spring on jig press. Depresses pedal to lower shaping die that stamps out spring forms, or crimps, hooks, or loops ends of coiled springs. Presses and turns spring ends against rotating abrasive wheel to remove burs. Drills and taps holes in flat springs, using single-spindle drill press. Feeds wire through guides and onto mandrel of lathe-type automatic coil-winding machine that coils series of springs on mandrel. Cuts lead-in wire, using handcutters, and removes mandrel. Slides loop of flat metal stock over arbor of power-driven spring winder and starts machine to wind metal around arbor to form coiled-flat springs. Places retaining ring over wound spring to prevent unwinding. Measures springs for conformance to specifications, using gauges and micrometers. Inserts springs into holding device of double-disk grinder and places holding device between grinding wheels. Starts machine that automatically grinds spring ends. Removes springs. May be designated according to task performed as Automatic-Coil-Winding-Machine Operator; Double-End-Production Grinder.

Should I be a Bench Worker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.

  • Also known as: Bench-Worker Apprentice, Key Worker, Nail Mill Worker, Pipe Production Worker

    How to become a Bench Worker

    Bench Workers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Bench Worker-related education!
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