Perform tasks in cutting, stripping, taping, forming, and soldering wires.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Wireworkers do?

Performs any combination of following tasks involved in cutting, stripping, taping, forming, and soldering wires or wire leads of components used in electrical and electronic units, such as communication equipment, ignition systems, electrical appliances, test equipment, or other electrical or electronic systems: Cuts wire to specified lengths, using wire cutters and ruler or measuring jig. Strips insulation from wire ends, using stripping tool. Twists wire ends and dips ends into pot of solder to prevent fraying. Solders wires to specified connectors and terminals, using soldering iron, or crimps connectors and terminals to wire ends, using handtools. Wraps numbered or colored identification tape around wires. Rolls wires of identical number or color together and attaches tag to roll. Inserts wires into plastic insulation tubing. Bends, cuts, and crimps component leads to prepare component for mounting onto printed circuit board or other assembly, using handtools. Inserts wires in automatic numbering or color-coding machine to imprint part numbers or color codes. Dips wire or component leads into paraffin solution to insulate wire and leads. Applies protective coatings onto wires, using brush. Tests wire and cable assemblies and repairs defective assemblies. May use automated equipment or bench-mounted devices to cut, strip, bend, or crimp wire. May be designated by type of wire worked as Component Lead Former.

Should I be a Wireworker?

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.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Cork Wirer, Stoneworker

    How to become a Wireworker

    Wireworkers 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 Wireworker-related education!
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