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Occupational Employment Statistics


51-9161 Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Operators

Operate computer-controlled tools, machines, or robots to machine or process parts, tools, or other work pieces made of metal, plastic, wood, stone, or other materials. May also set up and maintain equipment.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Central Minnesota 95060$26.41/hr$19.51/hr$22.34/hr$24.99/hr$31.21/hr$32.53/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and Utilities30$29.46/hr
Professional and Business Services150$19.64/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 70$22.63/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 100$30.96/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 100$23.03/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 120$24.45/hr-6.0%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 140$24.65/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 140$24.78/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 170$24.60/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 250$24.88/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 250$24.03/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 430$19.90/hr-0.4%
Southeast Minnesota 440$24.03/hr-1.7%
Southeast Balance of State 460$19.61/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 540$23.33/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 600$23.54/hr1.3%
Central Minnesota 950$24.99/hr-2.6%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 3,110$25.05/hr-2.2%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 3,960$25.20/hrN/A
Minnesota 5,680$24.86/hr-2.3%

  • Stop machines to remove finished workpieces or to change tooling, setup, or workpiece placement, according to required machining sequences.
  • Measure dimensions of finished workpieces to ensure conformance to specifications, using precision measuring instruments, templates, and fixtures.
  • Maintain machines and remove and replace broken or worn machine tools, using hand tools.
  • Control coolant systems.
  • Clean machines, tooling, or parts, using solvents or solutions and rags.
  • Lift workpieces to machines manually or with hoists or cranes.
  • Listen to machines during operation to detect sounds such as those made by dull cutting tools or excessive vibration, and adjust machines to compensate for problems.
  • Check to ensure that workpieces are properly lubricated and cooled during machine operation.
  • Transfer commands from servers to computer numerical control (CNC) modules, using computer network links.
  • Confer with supervisors or programmers to resolve machine malfunctions or production errors or to obtain approval to continue production.