Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood

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What do they do?

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

Also known as:

Backup Sawyer, Band Saw Operator, Bandmill Operator, Chop Saw Operator, Curve Saw Operator, Cut Off Saw Operator, Debarker Operator, Edgerman, Knot Saw Operator, Panel Saw Operator, Planer, Resaw Operator, Rip Saw Operator, Saw Operator, Sawyer, Trim Saw Operator, Utility Operator

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood is projected to grow 4 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 4.6%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #16 in job growth rate
  • 240

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #9 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.1%)
  • Master's degree (2.1%)
  • Bachelor's degree (2.4%)
  • Associate's degree (4.4%)
  • Some college, no degree (11.8%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (44.7%)
  • Less than high school diploma (34.4%)

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People in this career often have talent in:

  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Set equipment controls to meet cutting specifications.
  • Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment.
  • Set equipment guides, stops, spacers, or other fixtures.
  • Inspect lumber or raw woodstock.
  • Trim excess material from workpieces.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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