Winding Machine Operator

Tend machines that wind wire around rotating steel cylinders.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Winding Machine Operators do?

Tends electrically powered machine that winds wire, under tension, around rotating steel cylinders to form reinforced cores for concrete pipe: Signals OVERHEAD CRANE OPERATOR 921.663-010 to position cylinders between chucks of machine. Pulls levers to engage and secure cylinder in chucks. Signals WELDER, ARC 810.384-010 to weld end of wire to cylinder. Starts machine to wind wire on cylinder when signaled by TENSIONING-MACHINE OPERATOR 616.665-010. Signals WELDER, ARC to weld ends of wire to cylinder. Pushes levers to release from cylinder chucks, and signals INDUSTRIAL-TRUCK OPERATOR 921.683-050 to remove cylinder from machine.


Should I be a Winding Machine Operator?

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

  • Also known as: Mainspring-Winding-Machine Operator, Setting-Up-and-Windlass-Machine Operator, Willow-Machine Operator See More

    How to become a Winding Machine Operator

    Winding 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 Winding Machine Operator-related education!
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