Tend coilers that wind metal strips, sheets, or wire into coils.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Coilers do?

Tends coiler that winds metal strips, sheets, or wire into coils as they emerge from rolling mills, slitters, or other machines: Adjusts coiler guides and rollers according to size of workpiece, using handtools. Starts machine which automatically winds metal onto reels and observes operation to prevent jams, uneven winding, or wrinkles. Regulates tension of coiler to prevent tearing or stretching of metal. Inspects surface of metal for stains, dirt, scratches, and other defects. Binds finished coils to prevent uncoiling. May move controls to activate hydraulic pusher arm and tilt table to transfer coil onto skid or conveyor. May be designated by employer according to experience with particular type of machine, or product coiled.

Should I be a Coiler?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • How to become a Coiler

    Coilers 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 Coiler-related education!
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