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.
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.
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
Useful experience for saw doctors includes :
general engineering work
work in a sawmill.
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.