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Coil Winder/Taper/Finisher

What They Do

Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers Career Video

About This Career

Winds wire coils used in electrical components, such as resistors and transformers, and in electrical equipment and instruments, such as field cores, bobbins, armature cores, electrical motors, generators, and control equipment.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Operates or tends wire-coiling machines to wind wire coils used in electrical components such as resistors and transformers, and in electrical equipment and instruments such as bobbins and generators.
  • Attaches, alters, and trims materials such as wire, insulation, and coils, using hand tools.
  • Cuts, strips, and bends wire leads at ends of coils, using pliers and wire scrapers.
  • Reviews work orders and specifications to determine materials needed and types of parts to be processed.
  • Selects and loads materials such as workpieces, objects, and machine parts onto equipment used in coiling processes.
  • Records production and operational data on specified forms.
  • Stops machines to remove completed components, using hand tools.
  • Examines and tests wired electrical components such as motors, armatures, and stators, using measuring devices, and record test results.
  • Lines slots with sheet insulation, and inserts coils into slots.
  • Applies solutions or paints to wired electrical components, using hand tools, and bakes components.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Armature Winder
  • Auto-Winder — Perform a variety of fairly routine duties to set up and operate semi-automatic gasket winding equipment.
  • Hand Winder
  • Motor Winder
  • Winder
  • Winder Operator


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