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 EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Northwest Minnesota 47026$18.38/hr$14.20/hr$16.10/hr$18.13/hr$21.13/hr$23.65/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Manufacturing2,600$18.35/hr
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services40$19.06/hr
Other ServicesN/AN/A
 
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
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
Rochester MN MSA N/A$18.29/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Minnesota 40$20.49/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 40$20.10/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 70$14.76/hr-7.6%
Southeast Balance of State 70$18.70/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 80$18.67/hr-0.5%
St Cloud MN MSA 120$20.12/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 120$16.31/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 370$18.14/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 410$17.33/hr6.3%
Northwest Minnesota 470$18.13/hr7.1%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,800$18.84/hr-8.4%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 2,210$18.41/hrN/A
Minnesota 2,720$18.44/hr-4.3%




  • 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.