Profession band saw operator

Band saw operators work with industrial saws that feature a continuous flexible blade revolving around two or more wheels. Band saws are most effective at producing irregular shapes.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Types of wood

    Types of wood, such as birch, pine, poplar, mahogany, maple and tulipwood.

  • Sawing techniques

    Various sawing techniques for using manual as well as electric saws.

  • Types of sawing blades

    Types of cutting blades used in the sawing process, such as band saw blades, crosscut blades, plytooth blades and others, made from tool steel, carbide, diamond or other materials.

  • Wood cuts

    Different ways of cutting wood, across the grain or parallel with it, and radial or tangential to the core. The behaviour of cuts of wood under different circumstances and the optimal cut for a given purpose. Influence of special attributes of the wood, like knots or defects.

  • Cutting technologies

    The variety of cutting technologies, such as software or mechanics, guiding cutting processes through lasering, sawing, milling etc.

  • Woodworking processes

    Steps in the processing of wood for the manufacturing of wooden articles and types of machines used for these processes such as drying, shaping, assembling and surface finishing.

Skills

  • Keep sawing equipment in good condition

    Make sure sawing equipment is always in good and safe working condition. Inspect the equipment for defects. Replace defective or worn-out elements in accordance with guidelines. Store elements safely when not in use. Notify the responsible party in case of large or dangerous defects.

  • Replace sawing blade on machine

    Replace the old blade of a sawing machine with a new one by removing the chip brush, taking away the front blade guide, loosening the blade tension and removing the blade. Assemble and install new blade by replacing the front blade guide, installing the chip brush, replacing the blade cover and adjusting blade tension.

  • Operate band saw

    Operate a band saw, an industrial saw that features a continuous flexible blade revolving around two or more wheels.

  • Operate wood sawing equipment

    Operate various machinery and equipment to cut wood in different sizes and shapes.

  • Dispose of cutting waste material

    Dispose of possibly hazardous waste material created in the cutting process, such as swarf, scrap and slugs, sort according to regulations, and clean up workplace.

  • Adjust properties of cut

    Adjust cut sizes and depths of cutting tools. Adjust heights of worktables and machine-arms.

  • Work safely with machines

    Check and safely operate machines and equipment required for your work according to manuals and instructions.

  • Create cutting plan

    Draw up plans to show how the material will be cut into functional pieces to minimise loss of material.

  • Manipulate wood

    Manipulate the properties, shape and size of wood.

Optional knowledge and skills

woodworking tools timber products perform machine maintenance keep records of work progress mechanical systems dispose waste manufacturing of daily use goods sharpen edged tools prepare production reports inspect quality of products program a cnc controller consult technical resources carry out measurements of parts first aid record production data for quality control monitor stock level report defective manufacturing materials read standard blueprints manufacturing of furniture provide advice to technicians manufacturing of sports equipment identify hazards in the workplace check quality of raw materials pack goods