Tensioning Machine Operator

Tend machines that pull and space reinforcing wires.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Tensioning Machine Operators do?

Tends machine that pulls and spaces reinforcing wire as it is wound around steel cylinder to make prestressed core for fabricating concrete pipe: Pulls wire through machine rollers and clamps it to end of cylinder for subsequent welding. Signals WINDING-MACHINE OPERATOR to start machine that rotates cylinder. Observes dial indicator and pulls lever on tensioning machine to apply specified tension to wire during winding. Signals WINDING-MACHINE OPERATOR to stop rotation of cylinder after specified number of turns of wire. Maintains tension on wire until WELDER, ARC welds it to cylinder. May tend machine that pulls and spaces reinforcing wire by hydraulic power to make prestressed core for fabricating concrete beams.

Should I be a Tensioning 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.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • How to Become a
    Tensioning Machine Operator

    Tensioning 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 Tensioning Machine Operator-related education!
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