Pairing Machine Operator

Tend pairing machines that twist wires to form insulated telephone wires.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Pairing Machine Operators do?

Tends semiautomatic pairing machines that twist two or more wires together to form insulated telephone or electrical wire, following instructions on production tags: Attaches ends of two wires together; feeds paired wires through guides on bow, around capstan, over guide rollers; and attaches them to takeup reel. Sets counter and presses button to start takeup and pairing motors. Turns adjustment screws to maintain feed and rheostat to maintain running, stopping, and takeup tension. Stops machine to replace empty or filled reels and to check for and repair bare spots in insulation and breaks in wire. Tests paired wires for possible shorts.


Should I be a Pairing Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Bench-Boring-Machine Operator, Plastic-Welding-Machine Operator, Spring Machine Operator

    How to become a Pairing Machine Operator

    Pairing Machine 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 Pairing Machine Operator-related education!
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