Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood
SOC: 51-7041.00

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
50,000 employed

Projected (2024):
49,500 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Automatic Bandsaw Tender
  • Automatic Edger
  • Automatic Log Cut-Off Sawyer
  • Backup Sawyer
  • Band Saw Runner
  • Band Sawyer
  • Band Scroll Saw Operator
  • Bandmill Operator
  • Bandsaw Operator
  • Bead Cutter
  • Beading Sawyer
  • Bill Cutter
  • Billet Cutter
  • Block Bolter Mule Operator
  • Block Cutter
  • Block Saw Operator
  • Block Sawyer
  • Board Saw Runner
  • Bolt Machine Operator
  • Bolt Maker
  • Bolter
  • Bottom Saw Operator
  • Butting Saw Operator
  • Button Sawyer
  • Buzzsaw Operator
  • Casey Saw Operator
  • Chain Saw Driver
  • Chop Saw Operator
  • Chucking and Sawing Machine Operator
  • Circle Cutting Saw Operator
  • Circle Saw Operator
  • Circular Head Saw Operator
  • Clipper Machine Operator
  • Clipper Operator
  • Cob Sawyer
  • Coping Machine Operator
  • Cordwood Cutter
  • Cork Slabs Sawyer
  • Corner Brace Block Machine Operator
  • Corner Former
  • Corner Trimmer Operator
  • Cross Cut Saw Operator
  • Crosscutter
  • Croze Machine Operator
  • Crozer
  • Crozer Operator
  • Curve Saw Operator
  • Cut Off Saw Operator
  • Cut Off Sawyer
  • Cut Off Worker
  • Debarker Operator
  • Defect Cutter
  • Dimension Mill Worker
  • Door Cutter
  • Dowel Pointer
  • Drag Sawyer
  • Dragsaw Operator
  • Drum Saw Operator
  • Edge Runner
  • Edge Sawyer
  • Edger
  • Edger Feeder
  • Edger Operator
  • Edger Runner
  • Edger Saw Operator
  • Edgerman
  • Edging Catcher
  • Edging Machine Operator
  • Equalizer
  • Equalizer Operator
  • Gang Head Saw Operator
  • Gang Saw Operator
  • Gang Sawyer
  • Hardwood Sawyer
  • Head Automatic Sawyer
  • Head Packager
  • Head Sawyer
  • Heading Saw Operator
  • Heading Up Machine Operator
  • Headrig Sawyer
  • Hewer
  • Hoop Cutter
  • Jigsaw Operator
  • Jigsawyer
  • Kerfer Machine Operator
  • Knee Bolter
  • Knife Setter
  • Knot Cutter
  • Knot Saw Operator
  • Lather
  • Lathmaker
  • Log Chipper
  • Log Cut Off Sawyer
  • Log Cut-Off Sawyer
  • Log Sawyer
  • Lumber Planer
  • Lumber Trimmer
  • Machine Tank Operator
  • Manufacturing Assistant
  • Manufacturing Associate
  • Manufacturing Operator
  • Matcher Operator
  • Matching Machine Operator
  • Miller
  • Mine Wedge Sawyer
  • Miter Operator
  • Miter Saw Operator
  • Miter Sawyer
  • Mitering Machine Operator
  • Operator
  • Panel Saw Operator
  • Planer
  • Plug Saw Operator
  • Pocket Cutter
  • Pond Sawyer
  • Pony Edger
  • Pony Trimmer
  • Portable Sawmill Operator
  • Power Wood Sawyer
  • Prop Cutter
  • Prop Sawyer
  • Radial Arm Saw Operator
  • Radial Saw Operator
  • Ratchet Setter
  • Resaw Carriage Operator
  • Resaw Operator
  • Resawyer
  • Resizer Operator
  • Rip and Groove Machine Operator
  • Rip Saw Operator
  • Rip Sawyer
  • Ripper
  • Ripsaw Operator
  • Saw Operator
  • Saw Runner
  • Sawmill Hand
  • Sawmill Worker
  • Sawyer
  • Shake Cutter
  • Shake Maker
  • Shake Sawyer
  • Shake Splitter
  • Shaping Machine Tender
  • Shim Plug Cutter
  • Shingle Cutter
  • Shingle Sawyer
  • Shingle Trimmer
  • Side Sawyer
  • Slasher
  • Slasher Operator
  • Splitter
  • Stave and Bolt Equalizer
  • Stave Bolt Equalizer
  • Stave Cutter
  • Stave Hewer
  • Stave Log Cut-Off Saw Operator
  • Stave Log Ripsaw Operator
  • Stave Saw Operator
  • Stile Ripsaw Operator
  • Stock Cutter
  • Stock Grader
  • Stock Patch Sawyer
  • Swing Saw Operator
  • Tail Edger
  • Tail Sawyer
  • Tail Trimmer
  • Tenon Machine Operator
  • Tenoner Operator
  • Tie Sawyer
  • Timber Cutter
  • Timber Trimmer
  • Trim Sawyer
  • Trimmer
  • Trimmer Machine Operator
  • Trimmer Sawyer
  • Trimming Machine Operator
  • Turning Machine Operator
  • Unisaw Operator
  • Variety Saw Operator
  • Veneer Clipper
  • Veneer Cutter
  • Veneer Sawyer
  • Whip Sawyer
  • Wood Cutter
  • Wood Gang Sawyer
  • Wood Sawyer
  • Wood Type Cutter


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Adjust saw blades, using wrenches and rulers, or by turning handwheels or pressing pedals, levers, or panel buttons.
  • Inspect and measure workpieces to mark for cuts and to verify the accuracy of cuts, using rulers, squares, or caliper rules.
  • Examine logs or lumber to plan the best cuts.
  • 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.
  • Operate panelboards of saw or conveyor systems to move stock through processes or to cut stock to specified dimensions.
  • Mount and bolt sawing blades or attachments to machine shafts.
  • Monitor sawing machines, adjusting speed and tension and clearing jams to ensure proper operation.
  • Select saw blades, types or grades of stock, or cutting procedures to be used, according to work orders or supervisors' instructions.
  • Guide workpieces against saws, saw over workpieces by hand, or operate automatic feeding devices to guide cuts.
  • Adjust bolts, clamps, stops, guides, or table angles or heights, using hand tools.
  • Sharpen blades or replace defective or worn blades or bands, using hand tools.
  • Count, sort, or stack finished workpieces.
  • Lubricate or clean machines, using wrenches, grease guns, or solvents.
  • Clear machine jams, using hand tools.
  • Dispose of waste material after completing work assignments.
  • Measure and mark stock for cuts.
  • Examine blueprints, drawings, work orders, or patterns to determine equipment set-up or selection details, procedures to be used, or dimensions of final products.
  • Pull tables back against stops and depress pedals to advance cutterheads that shape stock ends.
  • Trim lumber to straighten rough edges or remove defects, using circular saws.
  • Position and clamp stock on tables, conveyors, or carriages, using hoists, guides, stops, dogs, wedges, or wrenches.
  • 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.
  • Unload and roll logs from trucks to sawmill decks or to carriages or move logs in ponds, using pike poles.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable hand wrenches
  • Band saws
  • Band scroll saws
  • Bench dogs
  • Biscuit jointers
  • C clamps
  • Circular saws
  • Combination squares
  • Computer terminals
  • Contour band saws
  • Conveyer belt systems
  • Crosscut saws
  • Cutoff saws
  • Desktop computers
  • Dial calipers
  • Digital calipers
  • Forklifts
  • Grease guns
  • Head saws
  • Hoisting equipment
  • Holding clamps
  • Honing stones
  • Jig saws
  • Measuring tapes
  • Miter saws
  • Multiple blade sawing machines
  • Personal computers
  • Pike poles
  • Planers
  • Portable welding equipment
  • Power drills
  • Power sanders
  • Precision rulers
  • Rip saws
  • Saw guides
  • Scroll saws
  • Sliding t-bevels
  • Sliding table saws
  • Steel rules
  • Straight screwdrivers
  • Table saws
  • Utility knives
  • Vernier calipers
  • Automated inventory software
  • Computerized numerical control CNC software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word


  • production


    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220