Occupational Employment Statistics


51-9012 Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Set up, operate, or tend continuous flow or vat-type equipment; filter presses; shaker screens; centrifuges; condenser tubes; precipitating, fermenting, or evaporating tanks; scrubbing towers; or batch stills. These machines extract, sort, or separate liquids, gases, or solids from other materials to recover a refined product. Includes dairy processing equipment operators. Excludes “Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders" (51-9011).

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southeast Minnesota 5014$20.98/hr$13.90/hr$16.44/hr$19.44/hr$26.55/hr$30.24/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/A$18.09/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA N/A$20.99/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Minnesota 10$19.48/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 40$22.16/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 40$22.07/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 40$19.13/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 50$19.44/hr13.3%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 90$21.37/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 170$18.63/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 180$21.74/hr20.8%
Central Minnesota 230$18.60/hr22.4%
Southeast Balance of State 240$21.54/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 310$21.35/hr-10.7%
Southwest Minnesota 350$21.94/hr31.3%
Minnesota 1,060$21.13/hr8.8%

  • Monitor material flow or instruments such as temperature or pressure gauges, indicators, or meters to ensure optimal processing conditions.
  • Inspect machines or equipment for hazards, operating efficiency, malfunctions, wear, or leaks.
  • Maintain logs of instrument readings, test results, or shift production for entry in computer databases.
  • Operate machines to process materials in compliance with applicable safety, energy, or environmental regulations.
  • Communicate processing instructions to other workers.
  • Examine samples to verify qualities such as clarity, cleanliness, consistency, dryness, or texture.
  • Set up or adjust machine controls to regulate conditions such as material flow, temperature, or pressure.
  • Collect samples of materials or products for laboratory analysis.
  • Dump, pour, or load specified amounts of refined or unrefined materials into equipment or containers for further processing or storage.
  • Turn valves to pump sterilizing solutions or rinse water through pipes or equipment or to spray vats with atomizers.