Sawmill Machine Operator

Sawmill Machine Operators operate a range of machines that are used in the manufacturing of paper products including plywood, fibreboard and other wood products. The nature of the work is noisy, requires heavy lifting and the operation of potentially dangerous machinery.

Duties and tasks

  • Checking machines to make certain that they are in proper working order
  • Checking to make sure that cuts are accurate
  • Cleaning machines
  • Controlling lathes and other machines used for slicing
  • Cutting materials to exact specifications
  • Operating a variety of machines used to create products ranging from cardboard containers to tissue paper and other related paper products
  • Operating loading machines and cutting machines
  • Starting machines and then feeding stock towards saw blades

Skills required

  • Attention to Detail
  • Controlling operations of equipment or systems
  • Ensuring that machines function properly by viewing various indicators
  • Multi-tasking
  • Problem solving skills

Working conditions

The occupation of a sawmill machine operation involves work that can be dangerous, as the machines used employ fast moving, sharp blades used for rapid cutting. These machines are also very noisy and produce a good deal of dust and debris, meaning that safety equipment such as earplugs and goggle are often a must. Those interested in this occupation should realise that it does have a higher change of injury than the overall average for all occupations.

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