Sawing Machine Operator Job Description

The Sawing Machine Operator sets up, operate, or tend wood sawing machines, which includes head sawyers.

Objectives:

The Sawing Machine Operator adjusts saw blades, using wrenches and rulers, or by turning hand wheels or pressing pedals, levers, or panel buttons. The Sawing Machine Operator inspects and measures work pieces to mark for cuts and to verify the accuracy of cuts, using rulers, squares, or caliper rules. The Sawing Machine Operator examines logs or lumber in order to plan the best cuts. The Sawing Machine Operator sets up, operates, or tends saws and machines that cut or trim wood to specified dimensions, such as circular saws, band saws, multiple-blade sawing machines, scroll saws, ripsaws, and crozer machines. The Sawing Machine Operator inspects stock for imperfections and to estimate grades or qualities of stock or work pieces.

The Sawing Machine Operator must operate panel boards of saw and conveyor systems to move stock through processes, and to cut stock to specified dimensions. The Sawing Machine Operator mounts and bolts sawing blades or attachments to machine shafts. The Sawing Machine Operator must monitor sawing machines, adjust speed and tension and clear jams to ensure proper operation. The Sawing Machine Operator selects saw blades, types and grades of stock, and cutting procedures to be used, according to work orders or supervisors’ instructions. The Sawing Machine Operator guides work pieces against saws, saw over work pieces by hand, or operate automatic feeding devices to guide cuts. The Sawing Machine Operator needs knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. They also must have knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. The Sawing Machine Operator must have a relative good knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Activities:

The Sawing Machine Operator uses either control mechanisms or direct physical activities to operate machines or processes not including computers or vehicles. The Sawing Machine Operator uses hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials and manipulating things. The Sawing Machine Operator inspects equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or others problems or defects. The Sawing Machine Operator is expected to perform physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. The Sawing Machine Operator observes, receives, and otherwise obtains information from all relevant sources. The Sawing Machine Operator must be able to identify information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. The Sawing Machine Operator monitors and reviews information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. The Sawing Machine Operator must provide information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. The Sawing Machine operator estimates sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity. It is important that they assess the value, importance or quality of things or people before accepting the job.

Abilities:

The Sawing Machine Operator needs the ability to keep the hand and arm steady while moving the arm or while holding the arm and hand in one position as they are doing their job performance. The Sawing Machine Operator needs the ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. The Sawing Machine Operator needs the ability to see details at a very close range. They need to be able to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. The Sawing Machine Operator needs the ability to listen to and understand information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. The Sawing Machine Operator to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. The Sawing Machine Operator needs the ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. The Sawing Machine Operator needs the ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeated or continuously over time with giving out or fatiguing.

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