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Occupational Employment Statistics


51-9041 Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Set up, operate, or tend machines, such as glass forming machines, plodder machines, and tuber machines, to shape and form products, such as glassware, food, rubber, soap, brick, tile, clay, wax, tobacco, or cosmetics. Excludes “Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders" (51-9196) and "Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders" (51-6042).

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southwest Minnesota 10023$23.07/hr$19.14/hr$20.84/hr$25.17/hr$25.17/hr$25.37/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
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 Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 50$20.62/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 50$20.72/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 80$25.43/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 90$18.47/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 90$25.43/hr-9.5%
Northwest Minnesota 90$18.47/hr5.9%
Southwest Minnesota 100$25.17/hr-0.8%
Southeast Balance of State 110$25.17/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 150$20.62/hr9.9%
Southeast Minnesota 180$16.12/hr4.6%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 620$23.19/hr6.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 700$23.02/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,260$20.71/hr5.9%

  • Feed products into machines by hand or conveyor.
  • Synchronize speeds of sections of machines when producing products involving several steps or processes.
  • Ignite burners to preheat products, or use torches to apply heat.
  • Pour, scoop, or dump specified ingredients, metal assemblies, or mixtures into sections of machine prior to starting machines.
  • Review work orders, specifications, or instructions to determine materials, ingredients, procedures, components, settings, and adjustments for extruding, forming, pressing, or compacting machines.
  • Swab molds with solutions to prevent products from sticking.
  • Examine, measure, and weigh materials or products to verify conformance to standards, using measuring devices such as templates, micrometers, or scales.
  • Send product samples to laboratories for analysis.
  • Complete work tickets, and place them with products.
  • Monitor machine operations and observe lights and gauges to detect malfunctions.