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 EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Northwest Minnesota 40041$20.47/hr$16.08/hr$17.42/hr$19.79/hr$23.00/hr$25.47/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
ConstructionN/AN/A
Manufacturing1,770$20.53/hr
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
 
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/A-12.2%
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
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/A$19.42/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 60$18.65/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 90$21.23/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 180$20.85/hr-21.9%
Southeast Minnesota 250$19.18/hr-6.8%
Southeast Balance of State 290$20.33/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 300$19.79/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 320$19.60/hr19.4%
Northwest Minnesota 400$19.79/hr23.9%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 950$21.17/hr-11.3%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,090$21.11/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,830$20.40/hr-6.1%




  • 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.
  • Install dies, machine screws, and sizing rings on machines that extrude thermoplastic or metal materials.
  • Determine setup procedures and select machine dies and parts, according to specifications.
  • Start machines and set controls to regulate vacuum, air pressure, sizing rings, and temperature, and to synchronize speed of extrusion.
  • Start machines and set controls to regulate vacuum, air pressure, sizing rings, and temperature, and to synchronize speed of extrusion.
  • Change dies on extruding machines according to production line changes.
  • Troubleshoot, maintain, and make minor repairs to equipment.
  • Reel extruded products into rolls of specified lengths and weights.