Winding Lathe Operator

Tend lathes that coil hot iron rods around bodies of fragmentation bombs.
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Salary Range
$23,000 – $52,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Winding Lathe Operators do?

Tends lathe mounted on rails that coils hot iron rods around bodies of fragmentation bombs to increase demolition properties of bombs: Pulls lever to move lathe to mouth of preheating furnace. Lifts bomb from stockpile and clamps it in machine by tightening chuck and tailstock. Pulls red-hot rod from furnace, attaches end to bomb fixture, and hammers portion of rod around bomb, using pulling bar and hammer. Sets coil-spacing gauge. Pushes button to start rotation of bomb in machine. Stops machine when rod is coiled on bomb. Welds end of coil to bomb. Removes bomb from machine, using hoist.

Should I be a Winding Lathe 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.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Bench-Lathe Operator, Bullard Operator, Chucking-Lathe Operator, Dial Lathe Operator, Hydrotel Operator See More

    How to become a Winding Lathe Operator

    Most Winding Lathe Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9ycaaa&chl=no+college+%2854%25%29|certificate+%2844%25%29|associate%27s+%282%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,54,54
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