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Occupational Employment Statistics


51-4031 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend machines to saw, cut, shear, slit, punch, crimp, notch, bend, or straighten metal or plastic material.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 54060$21.78/hr$18.12/hr$19.26/hr$22.80/hr$22.80/hr$24.65/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities130$23.59/hr
Professional and Business Services380$18.41/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 40$20.68/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 40$24.04/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 80$23.24/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 90$25.75/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 100$18.67/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 100$18.67/hr-6.3%
Rochester MN MSA 150$20.02/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 200$19.94/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 230$19.80/hr0.0%
Southwest Balance of State 270$22.49/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 450$23.36/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 520$21.73/hr-1.6%
Northwest Balance of State 530$22.80/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 540$22.80/hr0.2%
Southeast Minnesota 540$23.01/hr-2.9%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 2,910$23.15/hr-2.4%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 3,440$22.84/hrN/A
Minnesota 4,950$22.80/hr-2.3%

  • Clean work area.
  • Clean and lubricate machines.
  • Mark identifying data on workpieces.
  • Plan sequences of operations, applying knowledge of physical properties of workpiece materials.
  • Position, align, and secure workpieces against fixtures or stops on machine beds or on dies.
  • Load workpieces, plastic material, or chemical solutions into machines.
  • Read work orders or production schedules to determine specifications, such as materials to be used, locations of cutting lines, or dimensions and tolerances.
  • Test and adjust machine speeds or actions, according to product specifications, using gauges and hand tools.
  • Start machines, monitor their operations, and record operational data.
  • Set blade tensions, heights, and angles to perform prescribed cuts, using wrenches.