Saw Doctor Kaiwhakatika Kani

Saw doctors repair and sharpen hand, band and circular saws.

Saw doctors may do some or all of the following:

  • examine saws for faults
  • fix saws by welding cracked or broken saws, replacing any broken saw teeth and hammering out lumps and twists
  • sharpen saws by hand or machine and adjust them to the right tension
  • maintain sawmill equipment and machinery
  • complete relevant paper work
  • ensure workshop areas comply with safety standards.

Physical Requirements

Saw doctors need to have good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses) and good hand-eye co-ordination.

They should not have any breathing problems or allergies that could be affected by sawdust.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for saw doctors includes:

  • general engineering work
  • timber machining
  • work in a sawmill.

Personal Qualities

Saw doctors need to be:

  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • patient and methodical
  • practical
  • safety-conscious.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for saw doctors includes:

  • general engineering work
  • timber machining
  • work in a sawmill.

Subject Recommendations

No specific secondary education is required for this job, but workshop technology, maths and science, particularly physics, are useful.

Saw Doctors can earn around $39K-$65K per year per year.

Saw doctors may progress to set up their own saw doctor business, or become a head saw doctor, overseeing a team of staff. They may also become sawmill supervisors or managers.

Saw Doctor

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