Core Winding Operator

Control section of paper machines to wind papers onto cores.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Core Winding Operators do?

Controls section of paper machine to wind paper onto core to make jumbo roll of specified dimensions: Positions empty core on machine carriage and tightens support clamps, using hoist and wrench. Tears continuous sheet, using compressed airhose, when roll is filled and blows free end around revolving empty core to start new roll. Removes full roll from machine with hoist. Turns handwheel to regulate tension on paper being wound on new roll. Examines sheet for defects, such as dirt, slime spots, holes, and wrinkles, and marks defective portions with chalk. Periodically runs hand along winding roll of paper to test for tension and to feel for soft spots and lumps. Cleans lint from calender rolls, using hand scraper and cloth.

Should I be a Core Winding Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become a Core Winding Operator

    Core Winding Operators 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 Core Winding Operator-related education!
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