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Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood - 51-7041.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Set up, operate, or tend wood sawing machines. May operate computer numerically controlled (CNC) equipment. Includes lead sawyers.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Bandmill Operator
  • Cut Off Saw Operator
  • Edgerman
  • Knot Saw Operator
  • Panel Saw Operator
  • Planer
  • Resaw Operator
  • Rip Saw Operator
  • Saw Operator
  • Sawyer

SOC Occupation Groups

51-0000 Production Occupations
51-7000 Woodworkers
51-7040 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
51-7041.00 Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood

Related Occupations


  • Adjust bolts, clamps, stops, guides, or table angles or heights, using hand tools.
  • Adjust saw blades, using wrenches and rulers, or by turning handwheels or pressing pedals, levers, or panel buttons.
  • Clear machine jams, using hand tools.
  • Count, sort, or stack finished workpieces.
  • Cut grooves, bevels, or miters, saw curved or irregular designs, and sever or shape metals, according to specifications or work orders.
  • Dispose of waste material after completing work assignments.
  • Examine blueprints, drawings, work orders, or patterns to determine equipment set-up or selection details, procedures to be used, or dimensions of final products.
  • Examine logs or lumber to plan the best cuts.
  • Guide workpieces against saws, saw over workpieces by hand, or operate automatic feeding devices to guide cuts.
  • Inspect and measure workpieces to mark for cuts and to verify the accuracy of cuts, using rulers, squares, or caliper rules.
  • Inspect stock for imperfections or to estimate grades or qualities of stock or workpieces.
  • Lubricate or clean machines, using wrenches, grease guns, or solvents.
  • Measure and mark stock for cuts.
  • Monitor sawing machines, adjusting speed and tension and clearing jams to ensure proper operation.
  • Mount and bolt sawing blades or attachments to machine shafts.
  • Operate panelboards of saw or conveyor systems to move stock through processes or to cut stock to specified dimensions.
  • Position and clamp stock on tables, conveyors, or carriages, using hoists, guides, stops, dogs, wedges, or wrenches.
  • Pull tables back against stops and depress pedals to advance cutterheads that shape stock ends.
  • Select saw blades, types or grades of stock, or cutting procedures to be used, according to work orders or supervisors' instructions.
  • 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.
  • Sharpen blades, or replace defective or worn blades or bands, using hand tools.
  • Trim lumber to straighten rough edges or remove defects, using circular saws.
  • Unclamp and remove finished workpieces from tables.
  • Unload and roll logs from trucks to sawmill decks or to carriages, or move logs in ponds, using pike poles.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Clean production equipment.
  • Clear equipment jams.
  • Count finished products or workpieces.
  • Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing.
  • Dispose of trash or waste materials.
  • Inspect lumber or raw woodstock.
  • Lift materials or workpieces using cranes or other lifting equipment.
  • Lubricate production equipment.
  • Maneuver workpieces in equipment during production.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Measure materials to mark reference points, cutting lines, or other indicators.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning.
  • Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment.
  • Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment.
  • Operate cutting equipment.
  • Operate woodworking equipment.
  • Position raw materials on processing or production equipment.
  • Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements.
  • Remove products or workpieces from production equipment.
  • Replace worn equipment components.
  • Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences.
  • Select production equipment according to product specifications.
  • Select production input materials.
  • Set equipment controls to meet cutting specifications.
  • Set equipment guides, stops, spacers, or other fixtures.
  • Shape metal workpieces with hammers or other small hand tools.
  • Sharpen cutting or grinding tools.
  • Sort materials or products for processing, storing, shipping, or grading.
  • Stack finished items for further processing or shipment.
  • Study blueprints or other instructions to determine equipment setup requirements.
  • Trim excess material from workpieces.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Allied Trades Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Machinery Repairman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Machinery Repairman Apprentice (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Machinist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Head Sawyer
  • Pony Edger (Sawmill)

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Automatic Bandsaw Tender
  • Band-Saw Operator
  • Band-Scroll-Saw Operator
  • Beading Sawyer
  • Bolter
  • Bottom-Saw Operator
  • Buzzsaw Operator
  • Chucking-and-Sawing-Machine Operator
  • Circle-Cutting-Saw Operator
  • Cob Sawyer
  • Corner-Brace-Block-Machine Operator
  • Corner-Trimmer Operator
  • Croze-Machine Operator
  • Cut-Off Sawyer, Log
  • Cut-Off-Saw Operator I
  • Cut-Off-Saw Operator II
  • Dowel Pointer
  • Edger, Automatic
  • Gang Sawyer
  • Head Sawyer
  • Head Sawyer, Automatic
  • Heading-Saw Operator
  • Jigsaw Operator
  • Kerfer-Machine Operator
  • Log-Cut-Off Sawyer, Automatic
  • Machine-Tank Operator
  • Packager, Head
  • Pocket Cutter
  • Pony Edger
  • Radial-Arm-Saw Operator
  • Resaw Operator
  • Rip-and-Groove-Machine Operator
  • Ripsaw Operator
  • Sawmill Worker
  • Sawyer, Cork Slabs
  • Shake Sawyer
  • Shaping Machine Tender
  • Shingle Sawyer
  • Shingle Trimmer
  • Slasher Operator
  • Stave-Bolt Equalizer
  • Stave-Log-Cut-Off Saw Operator
  • Stave-Log-Ripsaw Operator
  • Stave-Saw Operator
  • Stock Cutter
  • Stock Grader
  • Stock-Patch Sawyer
  • Trimmer Sawyer
  • Turning-Machine Operator
  • Utility Operator
  • Variety-Saw Operator