Wire-Draw Operator: Draws round or fancy-shaped wire or rod, using one or more wire drawing machines, through one or series of dies to reduce its cross-sectional dimension, applying knowledge of working properties of metal and wire drawing. Examines specifications and ascertains setup procedures.
Positions and secures specified dies in dieholders, using hand tools. Lifts coil of wire onto feed reel, tapers end, and threads it through dies. Secures end of wire in jaws of drawing block or onto spool that rotates and pulls wire through dies. Coats wire with lubricant to facilitate drawing and starts machine. Inspects and measures drawn wire to verify conformance to specified shape, size, or electrical resistance, using measuring instruments, such as wire gauges, micrometers, and resistance testers. Cuts defective sections from wire, using wire cutters. Replaces worn dies, using hand tools. Records production. May feed wire through electrodes of annealing unit to soften work-hardened wire. May weld ends of separate coils together to increase their length, using welding equipment. (Source: eDOT Job Description) [-] Less
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