Occupational Employment Statistics


51-4012 Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic

Develop programs to control machining or processing of metal or plastic parts by automatic machine tools, equipment, or systems.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 10022$27.09/hr$20.71/hr$22.80/hr$26.46/hr$30.73/hr$35.67/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities30$32.92/hr
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Minnesota 10$20.68/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 10$26.94/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 30$32.25/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 30$28.25/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 40$21.48/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 40$26.71/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 50$27.32/hr18.5%
Southwest Minnesota 60$29.44/hr22.2%
Northwest Balance of State 70$26.32/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 100$26.46/hr33.3%
Central Minnesota 150$28.61/hr33.3%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 360$30.76/hr14.5%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 510$30.66/hrN/A
Minnesota 690$29.63/hr20.2%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other 1,450$27.77/hr1.2%
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians 1,920$29.90/hr3.0%
Mechanical Engineering Technicians 1,370$29.12/hr5.7%

  • Sort shop orders into groups to maximize materials utilization and minimize machine setup time.
  • Determine reference points, machine cutting paths, or hole locations, and compute angular and linear dimensions, radii, and curvatures.
  • Enter computer commands to store or retrieve parts patterns, graphic displays, or programs that transfer data to other media.
  • Compare encoded tapes or computer printouts with original part specifications and blueprints to verify accuracy of instructions.
  • Revise programs or tapes to eliminate errors, and retest programs to check that problems have been solved.
  • Analyze job orders, drawings, blueprints, specifications, printed circuit board pattern films, and design data to calculate dimensions, tool selection, machine speeds, and feed rates.
  • Observe machines on trial runs or conduct computer simulations to ensure that programs and machinery will function properly and produce items that meet specifications.
  • Compare encoded tapes or computer printouts with original part specifications and blueprints to verify accuracy of instructions.
  • Determine the sequence of machine operations, and select the proper cutting tools needed to machine workpieces into the desired shapes.
  • Write instruction sheets and cutter lists for a machine's controller to guide setup and encode numerical control tapes.