Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

51-4035 Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic



Set up, operate, or tend milling or planing machines to mill, plane, shape, groove, or profile metal or plastic work pieces.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Northwest Minnesota 203$17.62/hr$14.89/hr$16.48/hr$17.83/hr$19.18/hr$20.02/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Manufacturing130$19.95/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
Southwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA N/AN/AN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Central Minnesota 20$20.59/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 20$17.83/hr-22.8%
Northwest Balance of State 30$17.83/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 40$22.12/hr-21.7%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 90$21.40/hrN/A
Minnesota 140$19.81/hr-12.7%




  • Study blueprints, layouts, sketches, or work orders to assess workpiece specifications and to determine tooling instructions, tools and materials needed, and sequences of operations.
  • Record production output.
  • Remove workpieces from machines, and check to ensure that they conform to specifications, using measuring instruments such as microscopes, gauges, calipers, and micrometers.
  • Compute dimensions, tolerances, and angles of workpieces or machines, according to specifications and knowledge of metal properties and shop mathematics.
  • Turn valves or pull levers to start and regulate the flow of coolant or lubricant to work areas.
  • Position and secure workpieces on machines, using holding devices, measuring instruments, hand tools, and hoists.
  • Observe milling or planing machine operation and adjust controls to ensure conformance with specified tolerances.
  • Move cutters or material manually or by turning handwheels, or engage automatic feeding mechanisms to mill workpieces to specifications.
  • Replace worn tools, using hand tools, and sharpen dull tools, using bench grinders.
  • Move cutters or material manually or by turning handwheels, or engage automatic feeding mechanisms to mill workpieces to specifications.