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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
Northeast Minnesota 13020$26.16/hr$17.68/hr$18.70/hr$22.98/hr$33.15/hr$37.47/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and Utilities20$28.94/hr
Professional and Business Services160$25.01/hr
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 50$24.20/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 50$26.50/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 80$19.11/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 120$26.82/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 120$23.98/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 130$22.98/hr-6.0%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 140$22.68/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 190$24.51/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 210$24.45/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 240$25.53/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 310$19.50/hr-0.4%
Southeast Minnesota 360$22.70/hr-1.7%
Southeast Balance of State 370$20.39/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 520$23.20/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 570$23.20/hr1.3%
Central Minnesota 880$24.44/hr-2.6%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 2,790$24.52/hr-2.2%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 3,610$24.80/hrN/A
Minnesota 5,060$24.11/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.