Lathe Winder

Operate lathes to wind springs from wire or bar stock.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Lathe Winders do?

Operates lathe to wind compression, extension, and torsion springs of specified diameter, pitch, and length from wire or bar stock. Lifts roll of stock onto holding device, threads stock through guides, and clamps wire to arbor. Starts machine to revolve arbor until specified number of coils are wound, guiding coils by hand or using pitch tool. Cuts spring from stock, using shears, and reverses arbor direction to remove spring. Measures spring for conformance to specifications, using micrometers and gauges, and adjusts arbor and pitch tool to obtain specified product. Closes ends of springs, using mallet. Squares and flattens spring ends, using grinding machine. May adjust length and pitch of formed springs, using mallet and wedge. May wind wire springs, using hand-powered lathe, and be designated Spring Coiler, Hand. May be designated according to product as Flexible-Shaft Winder.

Should I be a Lathe Winder?

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.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become a Lathe Winder

    Lathe 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 Lathe Winder-related education!
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