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Saw Doctor

Summary of occupation

Saw Doctors make, repair, maintain and sharpen a wide range of saw blades and cutting tools.

Saw blades will include both circular saws and band saws, and cutting tools may be from planers, lathes, routers or drills. They also maintain mechanical parts of a range of production machines Saw Doctors and Repairers operate hand and power tools, machines and mechanical equipment as they mill, grind, press or sharpen cutting tools, weld tools, saws and cutting edges, manufacture and/or maintain the straightness and balance in all cutting tools and saw blades.

ANZSCO description:

Makes, repairs, sets and sharpens blades for circular, band and other saws.

Alternative names:

Saw Doctor

Specialisations:

Saw Sharpener

Job Prospects:

Limited

Common Industrial Instrument (award)

MA0000071 Timber Industry Award

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

A Saw Doctor needs

  • to enjoy practical and manual work and have good hand-eye coordination
  • to be safety conscious
  • to be physically fit and have normal vision and hearing

Saw Doctors must perform their tasks with good knowledge, excellent skills and high precision.

Some will manufacture saw blades from blank sheets or strips of steel. All will need to straighten and stretch steel in circular and band saws so the blades run true.

Working Conditions

Saw Doctors work for saw manufacturers, saw service shops, machining shops, woodworking factories, large timber mills and other industries which use sawing equipment.

Qualified Salary Details

On average, saw makers and repairers, also classified as saw doctors, can expect to earn at least $789 per week ($41 018 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As a saw doctor develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.

Tools and Technologies

Tools include: Semi-automatic and automatic grinding machines for filing teeth; stretch roller machines and flat anvils for levelling and taking the deformities out of the saw; stretcher roll for tensioning the saw; hammers; bench vices; files; teeth alignment jigs; etc.

Education and Training/Entrance Requirements

To become a saw maker and repairer you need to complete an apprenticeship. The sawdoctoring apprenticeship usually takes 48 months to complete.

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some ANZSCO description: Makes, repairs, sets and sharpens blades for circular, band and other saws.

Alternative names: Saw Doctor

Specialisations: Saw Sharpener

Job prospects: Limited

Common Industrial Instrument (award)

MA0000071 Timber Industry Award

time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of Prior Learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non- formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.