Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

51-4034 Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic



Set up, operate, or tend lathe and turning machines to turn, bore, thread, form, or face metal or plastic materials, such as wire, rod, or bar stock.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Northwest Minnesota  3      


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Manufacturing370$21.92/hr
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
 
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Minnesota N/AN/A10.2%
Southeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA N/AN/AN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Balance of State N/A$23.26/hrN/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
St Cloud MN MSA 90$20.85/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 150$21.04/hr5.8%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 170$21.92/hr-15.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 220$22.16/hrN/A
Minnesota 410$21.85/hr-5.6%




  • Refill, change, and monitor the level of fluids, such as oil and coolant, in machines.
  • Replace worn tools, and sharpen dull cutting tools and dies, using bench grinders or cutter-grinding machines.
  • Turn valve handles to direct the flow of coolant onto work areas or to coat disks with spinning compounds.
  • Install holding fixtures, cams, gears, and stops to control stock and tool movement, using hand tools, power tools, and measuring instruments.
  • Select cutting tools and tooling instructions, according to written specifications or knowledge of metal properties and shop mathematics.
  • Adjust machine controls and change tool settings to keep dimensions within specified tolerances.
  • Lift metal stock or workpieces manually or using hoists, and position and secure them in machines, using fasteners and hand tools.
  • Start lathe or turning machines and observe operations to ensure that specifications are met.
  • Inspect sample workpieces to verify conformance with specifications, using instruments such as gauges, micrometers, and dial indicators.
  • Compute unspecified dimensions and machine settings, using knowledge of metal properties and shop mathematics.