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Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

51-4021 Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic



Set up, operate, or tend machines to extrude or draw thermoplastic or metal materials into tubes, rods, hoses, wire, bars, or structural shapes.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Central Minnesota 14023$22.80/hr$19.72/hr$19.87/hr$23.02/hr$23.76/hr$25.81/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Manufacturing1,430$22.98/hr
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services30$16.29/hr
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Southwest Minnesota N/A$24.46/hr-5.7%
Duluth MN-WI MSA N/AN/AN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Minnesota N/A$20.79/hr-3.6%
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 30$23.66/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 30$19.01/hr-14.3%
St Cloud MN MSA 50$23.15/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 60$25.52/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 80$23.54/hr-3.0%
Central Minnesota 140$23.02/hr-2.8%
Southeast Balance of State 160$24.46/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 220$20.79/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 820$22.98/hr-2.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 990$22.98/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,480$22.98/hr-3.2%




  • Maintain an inventory of materials.
  • Measure and examine extruded products to locate defects and to check for conformance to specifications, adjusting controls as necessary to alter products.
  • Clean work areas.
  • Reel extruded products into rolls of specified lengths and weights.
  • Load machine hoppers with mixed materials, using augers, or stuff rolls of plastic dough into machine cylinders.
  • Test physical properties of products with testing devices such as acid-bath testers, burst testers, and impact testers.
  • Adjust controls to draw or press metal into specified shapes and diameters.
  • Install dies, machine screws, and sizing rings on machines that extrude thermoplastic or metal materials.
  • Operate shearing mechanisms to cut rods to specified lengths.
  • Adjust controls to draw or press metal into specified shapes and diameters.