Hand Tube Winder

Tend machines that wind materials like asbestos around the mandrels.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Hand Tube Winders do?

Tends machine that winds material, such as asbestos or felt paper around mandrel to form insulated pipe-covering: Places mandrel of designated size in winding jig and attaches end of sheet to mandrel. Turns mandrel wheel specified number of times to wind layers of liner, filler, and outer materials, such as adhesive coated asbestos, tar, corrugated and wool felt papers around mandrel. Cuts material from roll sheet, using knife. Lifts and turns mandrel to vertical position. Grasps and shakes tube to drop mandrel from center of tube. Stacks tubes on handtrucks and replaces mandrel in jig. May manually paste and wrap completed tube in canvas outer jacket. May tend machine that winds specified pattern of fiberglass filament around mandrel to produce tubular pipe.


Should I be a Hand Tube Winder?

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

  • Also known as: Suture Winder, Hand, Tube Winder, Hand, Winder Hand

    How to become a Hand Tube Winder

    Hand Tube Winders 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 Hand Tube Winder-related education!
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