Tend machines that wind thread, yarn, or rubber strands.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Winders do?

Tends machine or series of machines that wind thread, yarn, or rubber strands around spherical molded cores to produce items, such as golf balls, baseballs, and softballs: Positions core in winding machine. Starts machine that winds core to specified size. Removes wound ball, breaks winding material, and ties loose end. Verifies size of ball with preset gauge or tape measure. Weighs baseballs and softballs on scale or verifies compression of golf balls on testing machine to ascertain that winding material in machine is adjusted to specified tension. Turns nut or setscrews of tension springs to adjust tension. Removes empty spools and rethreads machine. May be designated according to article wound as Baseball Winder; Golf-Ball Winder; Softball Winder.

Should I be a Winder?

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

  • Also known as: Baseball Winder, Bass-String Winder, Fly Winder, Lap Winder, Pony Winder, Roll Winder, Softball Winder See More

    How to become a Winder

    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 Winder-related education!
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