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51-2021.00 - Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers

Wind 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.

Sample of reported job titles: Armature Winder, Assembler, Auto-Winder, Cell Worker, Coil Finisher, Coil Winder, Winder Operator

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Tasks  |  Technology Skills  |  Tools Used  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information


  • Operate or tend 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.
  • 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, using pliers and wire scrapers.
  • Select and load materials such as workpieces, objects, and machine parts onto equipment used in coiling processes.
  • Record production and operational data on specified forms.
  • Attach, alter, and trim materials such as wire, insulation, and coils, using hand tools.
  • Stop machines to remove completed components, using hand tools.
  • Examine and test wired electrical components such as motors, armatures, and stators, using measuring devices, and record test results.
  • Apply solutions or paints to wired electrical components, using hand tools, and bake components.
  • Disassemble and assemble motors, and repair and maintain electrical components and machinery parts, using hand tools.
  • Line slots with sheet insulation, and insert coils into slots.

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Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software — Electronic Systems of Wisconsin Motor Test System software
  • Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software Hot technology
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Blueprint display software
  • Industrial control software — Machine Control Specialists CoilPro

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Tools Used

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers — Multipurpose pliers
  • Binocular light compound microscopes — Inspection microscopes
  • Blow torch — Oxyacetylene torches
  • Bolt cutters
  • Cabling die — Cable forming fixtures
  • Calibrated resistance measuring equipment — Wheatstone bridges
  • Calipers — Digital calipers
  • Circuit tester — Test lights
  • Claw hammer — Claw hammers
  • Cutting machines — Wire cutting machines
  • Diesel generators — Alternating current AC generators
  • Electrical coil winding machine — Coil spreading machines; Coil taping machines; Element winding machines
  • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus — Brazing torches
  • Insulation resistance meters — Insulation resistance testers
  • Mallets — Rawhide hammers
  • Manual press brake — Arbor presses
  • Metal inert gas welding machine — Fine wire welding machines
  • Micrometers — Digital micrometers
  • Ohmmeters — Digital ohmmeters
  • Paint systems ovens — Curing ovens
  • Personal computers
  • Printing guillotines — Power paper cutters
  • Pullers — Wire stretchers
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts — Tube drifts
  • Rubber mallet — Rubber mallets
  • Screwdrivers — Straight screwdrivers
  • Shears — Trimmer shears
  • Soldering iron — Electric soldering irons
  • Stripping tools — Wire strippers
  • Tensiometers — Cable tensionmeters
  • Tweezers — Industrial tweezers
  • Voltage or current meters — Digital voltage meters; Test lamps
  • Winding or reeling or spooling machines — Respooling machines
  • Wire cutters — Wire cutting tools; Wire snips
  • Wire or cable cutter — Hydraulic cable cutters
  • Wire wrapping tool — Wire wrap guns
  • Workshop cranes — Hydraulic cranes
  • Wrapping machinery — Banding machines

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No knowledge met the minimum score.

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  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

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Work Activities

  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Record operational or production data.
  • Operate metal or plastic forming equipment.
  • Test electrical equipment or systems to ensure proper functioning.
  • Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements.
  • Assemble electrical or electronic equipment.
  • Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing.
  • Load materials into production equipment.
  • Select production input materials.
  • Trim excess material from workpieces.
  • Apply protective or decorative finishes to workpieces or products.
  • Operate heating or drying equipment.
  • Remove products or workpieces from production equipment.
  • Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair.
  • Maintain production or processing equipment.
  • Repair production equipment or tools.
  • Assemble metal or plastic parts or products.

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Work Context

  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 97% responded “Every day.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 86% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 75% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 68% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 72% responded “Every day.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 53% responded “40 hours.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 51% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 49% responded “Every day.”
  • Time Pressure — 43% responded “Every day.”
  • Physical Proximity — 38% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).”
  • Contact With Others — 45% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 43% responded “Very important results.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 49% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 34% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Spend Time Standing — 52% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 46% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 46% responded “Every day.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 39% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 33% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 36% responded “Not important at all.”
  • Consequence of Error — 38% responded “Extremely serious.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 43% responded “Never.”
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 34% responded “Never.”

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include orderlies, forest firefighters, customer service representatives, security guards, upholsterers, and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
51   High school diploma or equivalent Help
46   Less than high school diploma
3   Post-secondary certificate Help

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Interest code: RCI

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

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Work Styles

  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

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Work Values

  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2016) $16.32 hourly, $33,940 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
Employment (2014) 15,000 employees
Projected growth (2014-2024) Decline (-2% or lower) Decline (-2% or lower)
Projected job openings (2014-2024) 1,800
State trends Employment Trends
Top industries (2014)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 wage data external site and 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Sources of Additional Information

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  • Assemblers and fabricators external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition.

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