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Saw maker and repairer

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Summary of occupation

Saw Makers and Repairers 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 Makers 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
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A Saw Maker and Repairer 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 Makers and Repairers 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.

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Working conditions

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

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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.

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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.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

To become a saw maker and repairer you need to complete an apprenticeship. The sawdoctoring apprenticeship usually takes 36 months to complete and is available as a school-based apprenticeship.

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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 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 still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

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.

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