Occupational Employment Statistics


51-4011 Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic

Operate computer-controlled machines or robots to perform one or more machine functions on metal or plastic work pieces.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 630125$18.33/hr$13.33/hr$14.76/hr$17.90/hr$21.99/hr$24.66/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services160$14.14/hr
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State 20$20.80/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 20$18.49/hr9.1%
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 40$22.05/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 50$17.52/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 50$18.37/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 50$21.39/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 70$26.12/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 120$22.55/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 210$18.19/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 220$21.18/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 250$18.08/hr10.4%
Southwest Minnesota 280$20.76/hr5.2%
Northwest Balance of State 510$18.04/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 610$22.30/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 630$17.90/hr12.9%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,890$23.65/hr-3.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 2,290$23.60/hrN/A
Minnesota 3,310$21.68/hr4.3%

  • Stop machines to remove finished workpieces or to change tooling, setup, or workpiece placement, according to required machining sequences.
  • Measure dimensions of finished workpieces to ensure conformance to specifications, using precision measuring instruments, templates, and fixtures.
  • Maintain machines and remove and replace broken or worn machine tools, using hand tools.
  • Control coolant systems.
  • Clean machines, tooling, or parts, using solvents or solutions and rags.
  • Lift workpieces to machines manually or with hoists or cranes.
  • Listen to machines during operation to detect sounds such as those made by dull cutting tools or excessive vibration and adjust machines to compensate for problems.
  • Check to ensure that workpieces are properly lubricated and cooled during machine operation.
  • Transfer commands from servers to computer numerical control (CNC) modules, using computer network links.
  • Confer with supervisors or programmers to resolve machine malfunctions or production errors or to obtain approval to continue production.