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Occupational Employment Statistics


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
Southwest Minnesota 17035$23.18/hr$18.74/hr$19.90/hr$24.45/hr$24.58/hr$25.53/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services30$14.94/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/A$19.54/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Minnesota 20$15.37/hr-14.3%
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 50$20.05/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 60$23.82/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 100$24.39/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 170$24.45/hr-5.7%
Central Minnesota 180$21.94/hr-2.8%
Southeast Minnesota 210$23.96/hr-3.0%
Southeast Balance of State 260$24.39/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 340$19.78/hr-3.6%
Northwest Balance of State 340$19.78/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 870$20.58/hr-2.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,080$21.94/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,800$21.94/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.