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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 Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Southwest Minnesota 13023$20.87/hr$15.38/hr$18.36/hr$19.13/hr$23.78/hr$25.48/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Manufacturing3,120$19.45/hr
Professional and Business Services510$15.29/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Minnesota 50$19.21/hr-10.3%
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 70$19.13/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 80$15.34/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 120$18.92/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 130$19.13/hr-5.5%
St Cloud MN MSA 160$19.13/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 190$24.06/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 230$19.37/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 270$19.36/hr-4.1%
Northwest Balance of State 270$19.21/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 280$19.21/hr-2.4%
Central Minnesota 760$19.35/hr-5.1%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 2,090$19.30/hr-1.7%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 2,840$19.30/hrN/A
Minnesota 3,630$19.30/hr-3.1%




  • 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.
  • Install dies onto machines or presses and coat dies with parting agents, according to work order specifications.
  • Remove finished or cured products from dies or molds, using hand tools, air hoses, and other equipment, stamping identifying information on products when necessary.
  • Observe meters and gauges to verify and record temperatures, pressures, and press-cycle times.
  • Perform maintenance work such as cleaning and oiling machines.
  • Assemble shell halves, patterns, and foundry flasks, and reinforce core boxes, using glue, clamps, wire, bolts, rams, or machines.
  • Cool products after processing to prevent distortion.
  • Clamp metal and plywood strips around dies or patterns to form molds.