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Sawmilling Operator

Also known as Sawmiller.

Sets up and operates machines to cut logs into planks of standard sizes.


Tasks Include:


  • setting up printing plates, ink circulation systems, knives, creases, cutting dies, and folding and gluing machines
  • loading machines with paper and fibreboard
  • operating machines to form cardboard containers, paper plates, egg cartons, tissue paper and other paper products
  • adjusting and cleaning machines and performing minor repairs
  • securing timber into place and setting saws to produce specified sizes of plank and board to be cut
  • starting machines and feeding stock onto cutting saw, and operating automatic feed mechanisms
  • raising and lowering saws to trim boards and remove defects such as rot and splits
  • controlling lathes and slicing machines to produce veneers, and laminating veneer using glue
  • verifying dimensions of cut stock and accuracy of cuts
Specialisations
  • Band Saw Operator
  • Beam Saw Operator
  • Cant Gang Sawyer
  • Resawyer
  • Ripsaw Operator
Job prospects for Paper and Wood Processing Machine Operators in Victoria

Occupations in the Paper and Wood Processing Machine Operators group include Other Wood Processing Machine Operator, Paper Products Machine Operator and Sawmilling Operator.

Employment prospects
There are currently 2,800 Paper and Wood Processing Machine Operators in Victoria. Over the next five years, the size of this occupation is expected to remain similar. Employment prospects for the next five years are good.

Average weekly wage
$892.50

Hourly earnings
$23.30

For more information about this occupation at a national level visit the Job Outlook website. External link

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