Rewinder Operator

Tend machines that wind paper to form compact rolls prior to cutting.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Rewinder Operators do?

Tends machine that winds paper from one roll to another to form compact rolls of specified footage or diameter prior to cutting: Threads end of parent roll into feeding mechanism of machine and adjusts friction brake by hand to maintain tension of paper. Slides rewind cores on shafts and starts machine. Verifies perforations, size, and alignment of rewind rolls. Adjusts machine, using handtools. Removes wound roll from shaft and places it on conveyor. May cut defects from paper and splice cut ends together, using tape.


Should I be a Rewinder Operator?

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

  • Also known as: Reel and Rewinder Operator, Repeater Operator

    How to become a Rewinder Operator

    Rewinder 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 Rewinder Operator-related education!
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