Profession winding machine operator

Winding machine operators tend machines that wrap strings, cords, yarns, ropes, threads onto reels, bobbins, or spools. They handle materials, prepare them for processing, and use winding machines for the purpose. They also perform routine maintenance of the machinery.

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Personality Type


  • Types of strings

    Vibrating elements that generate sounds in string instruments. They can be classified into two categories, namely the decorative and the wound strings, and they can be made of different materials such as steel, gut, silk or nylon. Winding materials include aluminium, chrome steel, silver, gold and copper.

  • Rope lashing

    The process of attaching several objects, such as poles, together by use of rope, wire, or webbing often to secure or create a rigid structure, such as a self-fashioned table, tree house, or latrine. Types of lashing include square lashing, round lashing, and diagonal lashing.

  • Types of thread

    Types of thread, such as unified thread, metric thread, square thread, ACME thread, buttress thread and their qualities and applications. 

  • Rope manipulation

    Rope manipulation which relates to knotting and splicing.


  • Organise wires

    Apply wire markers and cable labels to identify and organise the wire. Use tie-wrap or cable lace to keep the wires together.

  • Measure yarn count

    Be able to measure yarn length and mass to assess fineness of roving, sliver and yarn in different measuring systems.Also able to convert into the various numbering system such as tex, Nm, Ne, denier, etc.

  • Wrap yarn around bobbins

    Perform wrapping of yarns around bobbins or spools by using adequate equipment for the process.

  • Set the operation speed of manufacturing machines

    Define the adequate speed at which a manufacturing machine should operate in order to provide the required output in manufacturing processes.

  • Tend winding machines

    Set up, operate, and maintain winding machines to wrap yarns or strings of all kinds onto spools, reels, and bobbins.

  • Maintain equipment

    Regularly inspect and perform all required activities to maintain the equipment in functional order prior or after its use.

  • Adjust filament tension

    Adjust the tension of the filament to be wound. Make sure the filament is not so lax as to produce unevenness in the workpiece, or so tight as to introduces deformations in the filament or lower the filament ratio to unacceptably low levels.

  • Tend spinning machines

    Operate spinning machines keeping efficiency and productivity at high levels.

  • Cut filament

    After the filament workpiece has been wound, cut the filament to release the workpiece.

  • Set up machine controls

    Set up or adjust machine controls to regulate conditions such as material flow, temperature, or pressure.

Optional knowledge and skills

resolve equipment malfunctions process man-made fibres production processes ensure conformity to specifications manufacture ornamental braided cord follow given instructions quality assurance methodologies perform sample testing inspect industrial equipment analyse production processes for improvement remove defective products collect samples for analysis meet deadlines work in textile manufacturing teams supply machine with appropriate tools use communication techniques use precision tools

Source: Sisyphus ODB