What Do Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers Do?
Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers wind wire coils used in electrical components, such as resistors and transformers, and in electrical equipment and instruments. These can include anything from field cores, bobbins, and armature cores to electrical motors, generators, and control equipment, and more.
Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers Skills and Abilities
This job does not just require the ability to wrap wire into coils. Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers are expected to be able to teach and design a curriculum, in order to provide training to others. To do this job you will need basic production and processing knowledge such as raw materials and quality control, but you will also need to be able to administer and manage to groups of people. You will have to be able to operate and monitor all machines, as well as be able to actively listen and quickly read to make informed and necessary decisions promptly. Physically, you will want a steady and dexterous hand, the ability to make slight adjustments to machine controls, and accurate vision within a few feet.
Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers Duties
This position involves operating the machinery, teaching others, getting information and acting accordingly, and communicating with peers and supervisors. Here’s what it looks like at a more detailed level:
- Operate or tend wire-coiling machines to wind wire coils used in electrical components
- Review work orders and specifications to determine materials needed and types of parts to be processed.
- Cut, strip, and bend wire leads at ends of coils
- Select and load materials
- Record production and operational data
- Attach, alter, and trim materials
- Stop machines to remove completed components, using hand tools
- Examine and test wired electrical components
- Apply solutions or paints to wired electrical components
- Disassemble and assemble motors
- Repair and maintain electrical components and machinery parts
- Line slots with sheet insulation, and insert coils into slots
Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers Tools and Technology
Since you will be cutting and bending a lot of wires, a multi-purpose, adjustable pair of pliers is really helpful. Microscopes will need to be operated for proper inspection. You will need to be able to read voltage meters and use other forms of wire-cutters. In terms of specific software, Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers use Electronic Systems of Wisconsin Motor Test System, and Machine Control Specialists CoilPro. Aside from these you will need to be competent with some kind of data-entry software and software that can display blueprints.
Education and Training for Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers
The typical education level in this position is a High-School Diploma or equivalent degree. The training with this job will be short, and there are no separate programs required. Expect to be trained on the job and to be able to provide adequate instruction to other new workers once you have learned the ropes yourself.
Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers Salary
If skilled, Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers can make a decent income compared to others with only a High-School education. The lowest income for this job is still higher than minimum wage, at around $10 an hour. The typical worker in this job makes 15.86 an hour, adding up to 33,000 over a year. Highly experienced professionals can make over 45,000 a year with a pay of 22.73/hour.
Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers Jobs by Geography
The highest median wage you will find for Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers Jobs is in Arkansas, at 18.94 an hour. However numbers of positions are expected to fall by 11.3% in that state by 2022. The state with the fastest growth in this industry is Colorado, while the state currently offering the most positions is Mississippi.