Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

51-4193 Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic



Set up, operate, or tend plating or coating machines to coat metal or plastic products with chromium, zinc, copper, cadmium, nickel, or other metal to protect or decorate surfaces. Includes electrolytic processes.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Northwest Minnesota 7018$15.42/hr$11.61/hr$13.08/hr$14.62/hr$16.82/hr$20.14/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Manufacturing1,060$17.01/hr
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
 
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 10$15.20/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 10$26.87/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 20$17.49/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 40$21.87/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 50$14.62/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 60$15.38/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 70$14.62/hr-3.7%
Central Minnesota 120$15.29/hr23.1%
Southeast Balance of State 140$16.34/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 180$17.15/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 790$17.08/hr-15.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 910$16.79/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,120$16.86/hr-9.8%


Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 40$20.28/hr-16.8%
Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders 740$22.88/hr1.9%
Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic 930$18.36/hr6.9%


  • Remove objects from solutions at periodic intervals and observe objects to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Set up, operate, or tend plating or coating machines to coat metal or plastic products with chromium, zinc, copper, cadmium, nickel, or other metal to protect or decorate surfaces.
  • Adjust dials to regulate flow of current and voltage supplied to terminals to control plating processes.
  • Immerse workpieces in coating solutions or liquid metal or plastic for specified times.
  • Rinse coated objects in cleansing liquids and dry them with cloths, centrifugal driers, or by tumbling in sawdust-filled barrels.
  • Maintain production records.
  • Observe gauges to ensure that machines are operating properly, making adjustments or stopping machines when problems occur.
  • Maintain production records.
  • Inspect coated or plated areas for defects, such as air bubbles or uneven coverage.
  • Inspect coated or plated areas for defects, such as air bubbles or uneven coverage.