Profession sawmill operator

Sawmill operators work with automated lumber mill equipment which saws timber into rough lumber. They also handle various sawing machines which further process the lumber in various shapes and sizes. These processes are nowadays often computer controlled.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • 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.

  • Cutting technologies

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

  • 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.

  • Types of wood

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

Skills

  • Handle timber

    Identify the main types of timber to be received at your company. Stack and store timber safely and in compliance with company procedures.

  • Create cutting plan

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

  • Adjust properties of cut

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

  • 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.

  • Ensure conformity to specifications

    Ensure that the assembled products are conform to the specifications given.

  • Manipulate wood

    Manipulate the properties, shape and size of wood.

  • Operate wood sawing equipment

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

  • Work safely with machines

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

  • 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.

  • Handle timber based products

    Identify the main types of timber based products to be received at your company. Stack and store timber based products safely and in compliance with company procedures.

Optional knowledge and skills

sawing techniques prepare production reports identify hazards in the workplace mechanical systems check quality of raw materials provide advice to technicians carry out measurements of parts first aid keep records of work progress operate thickness planer machine operate band saw pack goods woodworking tools operate table saw inspect quality of products types of sawing blades operate wood router consult technical resources types of crosscut saws conduct routine machinery checks monitor stock level program a cnc controller replace sawing blade on machine types of table saws record production data for quality control operate crosscut saw