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Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

51-4033 Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic



Set up, operate, or tend grinding and related tools that remove excess material or burrs from surfaces, sharpen edges or corners, or buff, hone, or polish metal or plastic work pieces.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Central Minnesota 30028$22.77/hr$17.46/hr$18.49/hr$22.43/hr$27.13/hr$29.73/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
ConstructionN/AN/A
Manufacturing1,290$22.66/hr
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services180$18.19/hr
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
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
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/A-3.4%
Rochester MN MSA 30$19.27/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 40$22.90/hr-7.7%
Southeast Balance of State 50$22.26/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 60$23.65/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 80$19.27/hr-1.8%
St Cloud MN MSA 100$23.46/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 140$22.66/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 150$22.66/hr-6.2%
Central Minnesota 300$22.43/hr-3.4%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 880$20.76/hr-2.9%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,090$22.01/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,490$22.12/hr-3.8%




  • Inspect or measure finished workpieces to determine conformance to specifications, using measuring instruments, such as gauges or micrometers.
  • Brush or spray lubricating compounds on workpieces, or turn valve handles and direct flow of coolant against tools and workpieces.
  • Study blueprints, work orders, or machining instructions to determine product specifications, tool requirements, and operational sequences.
  • Set up, operate, or tend grinding and related tools that remove excess material or burrs from surfaces, sharpen edges or corners, or buff, hone, or polish metal or plastic workpieces.
  • Observe machine operations to detect any problems, making necessary adjustments to correct problems.
  • Set up, operate, or tend grinding and related tools that remove excess material or burrs from surfaces, sharpen edges or corners, or buff, hone, or polish metal or plastic workpieces.
  • Lift and position workpieces, manually or with hoists, and secure them in hoppers or on machine tables, faceplates, or chucks, using clamps.
  • Activate machine start-up switches to grind, lap, hone, debar, shear, or cut workpieces, according to specifications.
  • Select machine tooling to be used, using knowledge of machine and production requirements.
  • Measure workpieces and lay out work, using precision measuring devices.