Machine Cage Maker

Set up and operate machines to fabricate steel cages.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Machine Cage Makers do?

Sets up and operates machine to fabricate steel cages used for reinforcing concrete pipe: Bolts lagging plates of specified size to expandable mandrel of machine to form drum for shaping and sizing cage. Threads wire from spindle through tensioning rollers and feeder arm of machine. Tack-welds ends of wire to bell-end of lagging plate and pulls lever to expand mandrel. Turns wheel on tensioner to regulate pressure on wire. Starts mandrel rotating as wire is fed through tensioning rollers on carriage which moves along track to space wire as it winds. Tack-welds wire to end of drum on completion of run and cuts wire with welding torch. Pulls lever to move welding and grounding wheels into position to hold rod in place and to form circuit for welding. Starts welding wheel to weld rod and wire at points of intersection. Breaks tack weld at ends of wire, using hammer and pulls lever to retract mandrel and loosen cage. Pulls cage from shaft by hand or aid of pneumatic winch.

Should I be a Machine Cage Maker?

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

  • Also known as: Cage Maker, Machine

    How to become a Machine Cage Maker

    Machine Cage Makers 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 Machine Cage Maker-related education!
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