What does a coil winder do?
Coil winders focus on winding wire coils that are used in a variety of electrical mechanisms such as electric motors, transformers, resistors, and generators. They attach, modify, and cut a variety of materials such as coils, wire, and insulation. They use wire scrapers and pliers to cut and bend materials. Coil winders are also responsible for assessing and testing electrical components that are wired. They use a variety of measuring devices and record their observations. Some coil winders apply solutions to wired electrical components and perform the necessary maintenance and repairs. Coil winders must fill out specific forms that document the necessary operational and production data.
What kind of training does a coil winder need?
Coil winders typically need at least a high school diploma or GED. Some coil winders have an associate degree to remain competitive in the field and increase chances of advancement. Prospective coil winders typically complete courses in manufacturing, machine operation, physics, blueprint reading, and coil winding techniques. Most employers provide informal on the job training to enable new coil winders to gain the required skills and experience and learn the policies and procedures. Some employers also provide classroom instruction. Coil winders typically start out completing simple tasks and move on to more advanced duties as they gain the necessary skills and experience. Coil winders must keep their skills up to date and they often complete additional training as needed throughout their careers.
What are the prospects for a career as a coil winder?
Employment of coil winders is expected to decline rapidly for all professions, decreasing 25% from 2008 to 2018 (1). The increase in productivity and automation will contribute to employment decline.
Job prospects are expected to be fair especially for coil winders who specialize in high-technology industries. Some job openings will arise from the need to replace coil winders that retire, transfer, or leave the field for other reasons.
How much do coil winders make?
As of January 2010, the middle 50% of coil winders earn annual salaries between $26,575 and $30,657. The top 10% earn annual salaries of more than $33,478 (2).
A career as a coil winder is a great choice for people with a strong interest in performing a variety of coil winding tasks and working with many different materials. Coil winders must have the ability to follow detailed instruction and read and comprehend blueprints. Manual dexterity, mechanical aptitude, physical stamina, good eyesight, and accuracy are necessary characteristics. Coil winders must also be able to perform repetitive and complex tasks in a precise and quick manner. They must also have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team.