Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

51-4072 Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic



Set up, operate, or tend metal or plastic molding, casting, or coremaking machines to mold or cast metal or thermoplastic parts or products.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Northwest Minnesota 38033$16.78/hr$12.08/hr$13.90/hr$16.54/hr$19.53/hr$22.94/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Manufacturing3,550$18.01/hr
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services370$13.54/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
 
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 40$15.27/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 80$18.15/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 80$17.48/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 120$14.24/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 200$20.64/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 210$18.43/hr-25.0%
Southwest Balance of State 270$16.98/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 300$16.51/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 370$16.32/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 380$16.54/hr5.2%
Southeast Minnesota 400$15.84/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 740$18.34/hr7.1%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 2,210$17.72/hr-11.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 2,850$17.89/hrN/A
Minnesota 3,950$17.64/hr-7.0%




  • Turn valves and dials of machines to regulate pressure, temperature, and speed and feed rates, and to set cycle times.
  • Set up, operate, or tend metal or plastic molding, casting, or coremaking machines to mold or cast metal or thermoplastic parts or products.
  • Observe continuous operation of automatic machines to ensure that products meet specifications and to detect jams or malfunctions, making adjustments as necessary.
  • Observe meters and gauges to verify and record temperatures, pressures, and press-cycle times.
  • Perform maintenance work such as cleaning and oiling machines.
  • Read specifications, blueprints, and work orders to determine setups, temperatures, and time settings required to mold, form, or cast plastic materials, as well as to plan production sequences.
  • Smooth and clean inner surfaces of molds, using brushes, scrapers, air hoses, or grinding wheels, and fill imperfections with refractory material.
  • Measure and visually inspect products for surface and dimension defects to ensure conformance to specifications, using precision measuring instruments.
  • Measure and visually inspect products for surface and dimension defects to ensure conformance to specifications, using precision measuring instruments.
  • Remove parts, such as dies, from machines after production runs are finished.