Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic


Set up, operate, or tend grinding and related tools that remove excess material or burrs from surfaces, sharpen edges or corners, or buff, hone, or polish metal or plastic work pieces.


Top Industries of Employment

  1. Nonferrous Foundries (castings)
  2. Fabricated Structural Metal Products
  3. Metalworking Machinery

2002 - 2003 Wages
by MSA and Workforce Investment Areas

Area Employment**
Total
Hourly Wage Annual
Mean Entry Experienced Mean Entry Experienced
Missouri 1,510 12.93 9.20 14.80 26,890 19,130 30,770
Joplin MSA 50 12.48 10.00 13.71 25,950 20,810 28,530
Springfield MSA 270 14.34 11.92 15.55 29,820 24,790 32,340
St Louis MSA 520 13.37 9.38 15.37 27,810 19,500 31,960
Kansas City* 180 14.57 10.24 16.73 30,305 21,304 34,805
Central Region* 110 11.37 8.78 12.67 23,653 18,271 26,345
Northeast Region* 160 10.12 7.98 11.19 21,053 16,607 23,276
Ozark Region* 280 14.32 11.89 15.54 29,794 24,741 32,321
Southeast Region* 90 11.26 9.25 12.27 23,429 19,247 25,520
Southwest Region* 50 11.93 9.23 13.28 24,815 19,191 27,627
St. Charles* 60 13.88 10.13 15.76 28,870 21,067 32,772
St. Louis City* 110 14.65 10.77 16.58 30,467 22,411 34,495
St. Louis County* 220 13.26 9.44 15.16 27,573 19,638 31,541
Jefferson/Franklin Consortium* 80 11.89 8.27 13.70 24,733 17,211 28,494

Long-term Employment Projections

Area Employment ** Change 2000-2010 Annual
Avg Openings
Long-term
Outlook
2000 Estimated 2010 Projected Number Percent
Missouri 1,780 1,860 80 4.49 52 Great
Kansas City MSA 330 330 .00 8 Caution
St Louis MSA 820 800 -20 -2.44 20 Fair
Central Region* 100 90 -10 -10.00 2 Caution
Northeast Region* 320 280 -40 -12.50 8 Fair
Northwest Region* 50 40 -10 -20.00 1 Caution
Ozark Region* 160 150 -10 -6.25 4 Fair
Southeast Region* 110 100 -10 -9.09 3 Fair
Southwest Region* 120 120 .00 3 Good

* - Workforce Investment Areas
** - Why are the employment levels different for the same occupation?



This Occupation generally requires Moderate-term on-the-job training (1-12 months)