Pipe Wrapping Machine Operator

Operate pipe-wrapping machines to coat pipelines with asphalt.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $60,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Pipe Wrapping Machine Operators do?

Operates pipe-wrapping machine to coat pipelines with asphalt or other corrosion-resisting compounds and wrap them spirally with fabrics, such as glass cloth and felt paper, to form protective coating that prevents electrolytic decomposition of oil and gas pipelines: Inspects paper holders and observes flow of hot compounds into reservoir to maintain adequate supply of materials. Starts engine and moves levers to activate mechanism that rotates paper head around pipe and propels machine along pipeline. Turns valves to regulate flow of dope to coat pipe. Adjusts brake tension on paper reels with handtools to ensure tight wrapping.

Should I be a Pipe Wrapping Machine Operator?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.

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