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Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood

Set up, operate, or tend wood sawing machines. May operate CNC equipment. Includes lead sawyers.   (O'Net 51-7041.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Automatic Bandsaw Tender, Automatic Edger, Automatic Log Cut-Off Sawyer, Backup Sawyer, Band Saw Runner, Band Sawyer, Band Scroll Saw Operator, Bandmill Operator, Bead Cutter, Beading Sawyer, Bill Cutter, Billet Cutter, Block Bolter Mule Operator, Block Cutter, Block Saw Operator, Block Sawyer, Board Saw Runner, Bolt Machine Operator, Bolt Maker, Bolter, Bottom Saw Operator, Butting Saw Operator, Button Sawyer, Buzzsaw Operator, Casey Saw Operator, Chain Saw Driver, Chop Saw Operator, Chucking and Sawing Machine Operator, Circle Cutting Saw Operator, Circle Saw Operator, Circular Head Saw Operator, Clipper Machine Operator, Clipper Operator, Cob Sawyer, Coping Machine Operator, Cordwood Cutter, Cork Slabs Sawyer, Corner Brace Block Machine Operator, Corner Former, Corner Trimmer Operator, Cross Cut Saw Operator, Crosscutter, Croze Machine Operator, Crozer, Crozer Operator, Curve Saw Operator, Cut Off Saw Operator, Cut Off Sawyer, Cut Off Worker, Debarker Operator, Defect Cutter, Dimension Mill Worker, Door Cutter, Dowel Pointer, Drag Sawyer, Dragsaw Operator, Drum Saw Operator, Edge Runner, Edge Sawyer, Edger, Edger Feeder, Edger Operator, Edger Runner, Edger Saw Operator, Edgerman, Edging Catcher, Edging Machine Operator, Equalizer, Equalizer Operator, Gang Head Saw Operator, Gang Saw Operator, Gang Sawyer, Hardwood Sawyer, Head Automatic Sawyer, Head Packager, Head Sawyer, Heading Saw Operator, Heading Up Machine Operator, Headrig Sawyer, Hewer, Hoop Cutter, Jigsaw Operator, Jigsawyer, Kerfer Machine Operator, Knee Bolter, Knife Setter, Knot Cutter, Knot Saw Operator, Lather, Lathmaker, Log Chipper, Log Cut Off Sawyer, Log Cut-Off Sawyer, Log Sawyer, Lumber Planer, Lumber Trimmer, Machine Tank Operator, Manufacturing Assistant, Manufacturing Associate, Manufacturing Operator, Matcher Operator, Matching Machine Operator, Miller, Mine Wedge Sawyer, Miter Operator, Miter Saw Operator, Miter Sawyer, Mitering Machine Operator, Operator, Panel Saw Operator, Planer, Plug Saw Operator, Pocket Cutter, Pond Sawyer, Pony Edger, Pony Trimmer, Portable Sawmill Operator, Power Wood Sawyer, Prop Cutter, Prop Sawyer, Radial Arm Saw Operator, Radial Saw Operator, Ratchet Setter, Resaw Carriage Operator, Resaw Operator, Resawyer, Resizer Operator, Rip and Groove Machine Operator, Rip Saw Operator, Rip Sawyer, Ripper, Ripsaw Operator, Saw Operator, Saw Runner, Sawmill Hand, Sawmill Worker, Sawyer, Shake Cutter, Shake Maker, Shake Sawyer, Shake Splitter, Shaping Machine Tender, Shim Plug Cutter, Shingle Cutter, Shingle Sawyer, Shingle Trimmer, Side Sawyer, Slasher, Slasher Operator, Splitter, Stave and Bolt Equalizer, Stave Bolt Equalizer, Stave Cutter, Stave Hewer, Stave Log Cut-Off Saw Operator, Stave Log Ripsaw Operator, Stave Saw Operator, Stile Ripsaw Operator, Stock Cutter, Stock Grader, Stock Patch Sawyer, Swing Saw Operator, Tail Edger, Tail Sawyer, Tail Trimmer, Tenon Machine Operator, Tenoner Operator, Tie Sawyer, Timber Cutter, Timber Trimmer, Trim Sawyer, Trimmer, Trimmer Machine Operator, Trimmer Sawyer, Trimming Machine Operator, Turning Machine Operator, Unisaw Operator, Variety Saw Operator, Veneer Clipper, Veneer Cutter, Veneer Sawyer, Whip Sawyer, Wood Cutter, Wood Gang Sawyer, Wood Sawyer, Wood Type Cutter
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 12.59   $ 13.62   $ 15.47   $ 20.88   $ 23.82   $ 17.18  
    Yearly $26,180   $28,320   $32,180   $43,430   $49,550   $35,720  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 12.84   $ 14.17   $ 18.10   $ 22.29   $ 24.61   $ 18.44  
    Yearly $26,710   $29,470   $37,650   $46,360   $51,190   $38,340  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 12.41   $ 13.22   $ 14.52   $ 17.76   $ 22.11   $ 15.64  
    Yearly $25,820   $27,490   $30,210   $36,940   $45,990   $32,530  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 209 190 -0.9% 6
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Wood product manufacturing 70.5%
    Furniture and related product manufacturing 11.5%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 5.9%
    Merchant wholesalers, durable goods 3.9%
    Forestry and logging 1.2%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • Inspect and measure workpieces to mark for cuts and to verify the accuracy of cuts, using rulers, squares, or caliper rules.
     
  • Adjust saw blades, using wrenches and rulers, or by turning handwheels or pressing pedals, levers, or panel buttons.
     
  • Mount and bolt sawing blades or attachments to machine shafts.
     
  • Set up, operate, or tend saws or machines that cut or trim wood to specified dimensions, such as circular saws, band saws, multiple-blade sawing machines, scroll saws, ripsaws, or crozer machines.
     
  • Inspect stock for imperfections or to estimate grades or qualities of stock or workpieces.
     
  • Monitor sawing machines, adjusting speed and tension and clearing jams to ensure proper operation.
     
  • Sharpen blades or replace defective or worn blades or bands, using hand tools.
     
  • Guide workpieces against saws, saw over workpieces by hand, or operate automatic feeding devices to guide cuts.
     
  • Clear machine jams, using hand tools.
     
  • Lubricate or clean machines, using wrenches, grease guns, or solvents.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood  updated July 2013
     


    Knowledge
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  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
     
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
     
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood  updated July 2013
     


    Skills
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  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
     
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
     
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood  updated July 2013
     


    Abilities
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  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
     
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
     
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Rate Control - The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
     
  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
     
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
     
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood  updated July 2013
     


    Work Activities
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  • Controlling Machines and Processes - Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
     
  • Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
     
  • Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
     
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment - Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
     
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment - Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
     
  • Training and Teaching Others - Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood  updated July 2013
     


    Interests
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  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood  updated July 2013
     


    State of Vermont License Information
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
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  • Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood  updated July 2013
     


    Schools
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Cabinetmaking and Millwork.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood 
     

     
     
     
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