Profession table saw operator

Table saw operators work with industrial saws that cut with a rotating circular blade. The saw is built into a table. The operator sets the height of the saw to control the depth of the cut. Particular attention is paid to safety, as factors such as natural stresses within the wood may produce unpredictable forces.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Sawing techniques

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Operate table saw

    Handle an industrial table saw, which cuts with a rotating circular blade built into a table. Set the height of the saw to control the depth of the cut. Pay particular attention to safety, as factors such as natural stresses within the wood may produce unpredictable forces.

  • 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.

  • Manipulate wood

    Manipulate the properties, shape and size of wood.

  • Work safely with machines

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

  • 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.

  • Create cutting plan

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

Optional knowledge and skills

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