Rope Laying Machine Operator

Tend machines that lay fiber strands into rope and wind rope onto reels.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $35,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Rope Laying Machine Operators do?

Tends one or more machines that lay fiber strands or twine into rope and wind rope onto reels: Selects and mounts reels of ready or twine on machine according to rope size specified, using hoist. Threads strands or twine from reels through guides to twisting mechanism, and splices strands or twine to lead rope attached to reel. Starts machine and monitors operation to detect defective laying or winding of rope. Stops machine when counter shows specified length is wound. Cuts rope with knife and binds coil with cord to prevent unwinding. Hammers pin from end of reel and pulls it from coil. May weigh coils. May install gears and tubes to produce specified types and sizes of rope, using handtools. May burn or cut rough spots from rope, using soldering iron or scissors. May tend machine that forms and twists fiber strands into rope.


Should I be a Rope Laying Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Lap Regulator, Rope-Coiling-Machine Operator, Rope-Twisting-Machine Operator

    How to Become a
    Rope Laying Machine Operator

    Most Rope Laying Machine Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9baaaa&chl=no+college+%2898%25%29|certificate+%282%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,98,98
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