Saw Doctor
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
5d ago

Pay for saw doctors varies depending on experience and employer.

  • Apprentice saw doctors may start on the minimum wage or a little more, with rates increasing as they gain experience and unit standards.
  • Trained saw doctors usually earn $35,000 to $65,000 a year.
  • Source : Competenz, 2017.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    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.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Saw doctors need to have :

  • mechanical and technical skills
  • knowledge of saw repair, sharpening and maintenance
  • knowledge of saw speeds, and wood and metal properties
  • an understanding of safe working practices
  • Saw doctors :

  • usually work regular business hours, but may work shifts if they work for a sawmill
  • work in sawmills, manufacturing or engineering workshops, or for saw and blade-sharpening companies
  • may work in noisy and hazardous conditions
  • may travel locally to visit clients.
  • Entry requirements

    To become a saw doctor you need to complete an apprenticeship and gain a New Zealand Certificate in Saw Doctoring. The training includes block courses at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology in Rotorua.

    Competenz, an industry training organisation, oversees saw doctor apprenticeships.

    Secondary education

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

    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.
  • 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.

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