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Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood

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Set up, operate, or tend wood sawing machines. May operate computer numerically controlled (CNC) equipment. Includes lead sawyers.

    Work Activities
    • Inspect and measure workpieces to mark for cuts and to verify the accuracy of cuts, using rulers, squares, or caliper rules.
    • 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.
    • Adjust bolts, clamps, stops, guides, or table angles or heights, using hand tools.
    • 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.
    • Examine logs or lumber to plan the best cuts.
    • Inspect stock for imperfections or to estimate grades or qualities of stock or workpieces.
    • Trim lumber to straighten rough edges or remove defects, using circular saws.
    • Monitor sawing machines, adjusting speed and tension and clearing jams to ensure proper operation.
    • Sharpen blades or replace defective or worn blades or bands, using hand tools.
    • Count, sort, or stack finished workpieces.
    • Guide workpieces against saws, saw over workpieces by hand, or operate automatic feeding devices to guide cuts.
    • Position and clamp stock on tables, conveyors, or carriages, using hoists, guides, stops, dogs, wedges, or wrenches.
    • Measure and mark stock for cuts.
    • Operate panelboards of saw or conveyor systems to move stock through processes or to cut stock to specified dimensions.
    • Examine blueprints, drawings, work orders, or patterns to determine equipment set-up or selection details, procedures to be used, or dimensions of final products.
    • Clear machine jams, using hand tools.
    • Pull tables back against stops and depress pedals to advance cutterheads that shape stock ends.
    • Select saw blades, types or grades of stock, or cutting procedures to be used, according to work orders or supervisors' instructions.
    • Cut grooves, bevels, or miters, saw curved or irregular designs, and sever or shape metals, according to specifications or work orders.
    • Unclamp and remove finished workpieces from tables.
    • Lubricate or clean machines, using wrenches, grease guns, or solvents.
    • Dispose of waste material after completing work assignments.
    Skills
    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • 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.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Manual Dexterity

      The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

    Knowledge
    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary 31250/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 15.02/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 1,220
    • Yearly Projected Openings 140
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Self Control
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Integrity
    • Persistence
    Tools
    • Sawing machines
    • Rulers
    • Power saws
    • Forestry saws
    • Calipers
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    Tags
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.