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Occupational Employment Statistics


51-4022 Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend forging machines to taper, shape, or form metal or plastic parts.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Central Minnesota 103$24.43/hr$19.30/hr$19.54/hr$21.46/hr$31.11/hr$31.11/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change -10-
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Central Minnesota 10$21.46/hr-17.1%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 30$21.46/hrN/A
Minnesota 60$21.46/hrN/A

  • Remove dies from machines when production runs are finished.
  • Confer with other workers about machine setups and operational specifications.
  • Select, align, and bolt positioning fixtures, stops, and specified dies to rams and anvils, forging rolls, or presses and hammers.
  • Set up, operate, or tend presses and forging machines to perform hot or cold forging by flattening, straightening, bending, cutting, piercing, or other operations to taper, shape, or form metal.
  • Install, adjust, and remove dies, synchronizing cams, forging hammers, and stop guides, using overhead cranes or other hoisting devices, and hand tools.
  • Sharpen cutting tools and drill bits, using bench grinders.
  • Trim and compress finished forgings to specified tolerances.
  • Start machines to produce sample workpieces, and observe operations to detect machine malfunctions and to verify that machine setups conform to specifications.
  • Position and move metal wires or workpieces through a series of dies that compress and shape stock to form die impressions.
  • Turn handles or knobs to set pressures and depths of ram strokes and to synchronize machine operations.