Winder Operator

Tend winding machines that roll lengths of floor coverings.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Winder Operators do?

Tends winding machine that rolls lengths of floor covering between various stages of processing, working as member of crew: Removes spindle from dolly and positions spindle in winding machine, using power hoist. Pulls end of floor covering sheet through winder and secures sheet to empty spindle, using tape. Starts machine, and regulates speed of winder to maintain even winding. Adjusts tension rolls on machine and sets yardage counter, using handtools. Examines material for pinholes, using magnifying glass. Stops machine when splices reach winder, indicating end of roll. Tears or cuts spliced section, tapes end of sheet to prevent unwinding, and removes full spindle of floor covering from machine. Records locations of pinholes and other imperfections on card and attaches card to full spindle. May stop machine during winding and cut out designated defective sections of floor covering.

Should I be a Winder 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.
  • 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: Bander Operator, Double-Lay-Winder-And-Paraffin-Unit Operator, Rag-Willow Operator

    How to become a Winder Operator

    Winder 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 Winder Operator-related education!
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