Ribbon Winder

Tend machines that wind typewriter ribbons onto spools.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Ribbon Winders do?

Tends machine that winds typewriter ribbons onto spools: Sets yardage indicator on machine according to ribbon length specified on work order to control number of revolutions. Places ribbon supply reel on mandrel and draws ribbon around rollers and through ribbon guide to prepare ribbon for winding. Adjusts ribbon guide, according to width of ribbon. Places empty spool on spindle and attaches end of ribbon from supply reel to spool. Turns knob to zero dial of footage counter and depresses pedal to wind ribbon onto spool or turns reel that winds ribbon onto spool. Observes dial of footage counter and stops machine at specified point. Examines ribbon during winding to detect defects in fabric, inking, and winding. Removes completed spool from spindle and attaches hooks or eyelets onto ends of ribbons to facilitate attaching to empty spool on typewriter. Attaches fasteners over end of ribbon to prevent unwinding.


Should I be a Ribbon Winder?

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

  • Also known as: Ribbon Tier, Typewriter-Ribbon Winder

    How to become a Ribbon Winder

    Ribbon 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 Ribbon Winder-related education!
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