Wire Rope Sling Maker

Fabricate wire rope slings from cut lengths of wire rope.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Wire Rope Sling Makers do?

Fabricates wire rope slings from cut lengths of wire rope: Cuts wire rope to specified length, using hand shears or abrasive cutting wheel. Marks rope at specified points, using chalk, and seizes at marks to facilitate forming sling. Forms loop and makes splice, using either of following methods: on mechanical splice, splits rope by separating three adjacent strands to seizing, leaving other three strands and core intact. Bends sets of strands into desired size loop crossing over with one set. Lays strand sections alternately back into rope grooves until sections are laid into throat. Cuts out core and attaches metal sleeve to base of loop. Presses sleeve onto rope, using mechanical or hydraulic press: on hand splice, forms loop at end of rope to seizing. Places loop in splicing vise or places thimble in loop, when required. Interweaves or tucks loose end of strands into body strands, using marlinespike. Cuts protruding ends and hammers down splice, using block of wood and mallet. Wraps wire over splice, when required. Attaches fittings, such as hooks, shackles, turnbuckles, and sockets, to slings according to customer’s order. May apply some fittings by swaging or filling with molten zinc.


Should I be a Wire Rope Sling Maker?

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: Wire-Shape Maker

    How to become a Wire Rope Sling Maker

    Wire Rope Sling Makers 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 Wire Rope Sling Maker-related education!
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