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Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers
SOC Code: 51-2021.00

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, Coil Finisher, Coil Winder, Hand Winder, Motor Winder, Winder, Winder Operator, Winding Department Supervisor


  • 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.
  • Attach, alter, and trim materials such as wire, insulation, and coils, using hand tools.
  • Cut, strip, and bend wire leads at ends of coils, using pliers and wire scrapers.
  • Review work orders and specifications to determine materials needed and types of parts to be processed.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Line slots with sheet insulation, and insert coils into slots.
  • 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.

Technology Skills

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

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


  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.


  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • 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.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • 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.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.


  • 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.

Work Context

  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 100% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 92% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 87% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 83% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Spend Time Standing
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 52% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 57% responded “Every day.”
  • Time Pressure - 45% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 46% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 42% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 44% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 53% responded “Every day.”
  • Consequence of Error - 56% responded “Extremely serious.”
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings - 41% responded “Every day.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 36% responded “Limited freedom.”
  • Contact With Others - 26% responded “Occasional contact with others.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 40% responded “Very important.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 29% responded “Never.”
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body - 41% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment - 41% responded “Every day.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 45% responded “Every day.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled - 44% responded “Every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 29% responded “Moderate results.”
  • Physical Proximity - 38% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 86% responded “40 hours.”


Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
57%High school diploma or equivalent
41%Post-secondary certificate
2%Less than high school diploma

Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • 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.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

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.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $16.01 hourly, $33,310 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 14,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Decline (-2% or lower)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 1,200

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