Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood

Set up, operate, or tend wood sawing machines. May operate CNC equipment. Includes lead sawyers.

Median Annual Wage: $27,040

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (59%); Less than high school diploma (22%); Post-secondary certificate (10%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Sawyer; Saw Operator; Rip Saw Operator; Resaw Operator; Edgerman; Bandmill Operator; Knot Saw Operator; Planer; Cut Off Saw Operator; Panel Saw Operator

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood.

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  • Adjust saw blades, using wrenches and rulers, or by turning handwheels or pressing pedals, levers, or panel buttons.
  • Mount and bolt sawing blades or attachments to machine shafts.
  • Set up, operate, or tend saws or machines that cut or trim wood to specified dimensions, such as circular saws, band saws, multiple-blade sawing machines, scroll saws, ripsaws, or crozer machines.
  • Inspect stock for imperfections or to estimate grades or qualities of stock or workpieces.
  • Sharpen blades or replace defective or worn blades or bands, using hand tools.
  • Monitor sawing machines, adjusting speed and tension and clearing jams to ensure proper operation.
  • Guide workpieces against saws, saw over workpieces by hand, or operate automatic feeding devices to guide cuts.
  • Clear machine jams, using hand tools.
  • Lubricate or clean machines, using wrenches, grease guns, or solvents.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood.

  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood.

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