Cable Assembler and Swager

Fabricate and test aircraft cable assemblies.
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Salary Range
$27,000 – $66,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Cable Assembler and Swagers do?

Fabricates and tests aircraft cable assemblies, such as control cables, tow-target cables, and engine slings, following blueprints and specifications, using measuring instruments, handtools, and machines: Reads and interprets blueprints, work orders, and specifications to determine sequence of operations, type and size of cable and fittings required, quantity, and finished dimensions. Measures and cuts cable to required length, considering cable stretch and metal flow resulting from swaging operations, using cable cutter or saw. Selects and installs dies, jigs, shims, or other accessories in swaging machine, using handtools. Assembles fittings onto cable in specified location. Positions fitting and cable between dies of swaging machine, and depresses pedal to activate machine that swages fittings onto cable, turning cable assembly by hand as fitting is swaged onto cable. Verifies dimensions of cable assembly and position of fittings, using measuring instruments. Tests holding capacity of cable assembly, using proofloading machines. Repairs and reworks cable assemblies as required. May form loops or splices in cables, using clamps and fittings, or by reweaving cable strands. May solder cable ends. May apply lubricants and protective coatings to cable assemblies. May operate crimping machine. May mark identifying information on cable assemblies. May fabricate cable templates.


Should I be a Cable Assembler and Swager?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Cable Assembler, Cable Cutter and Swager, Sheet Metal Assembler and Riveter

    How to Become a
    Cable Assembler and Swager

    Most Cable Assembler and Swagers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9jaaaa&chl=no+college+%2863%25%29|certificate+%2836%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,63,63
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