Sawyers cut things such as wood, stone, and metal in line with necessary specifications, and some also have assembly duties, such as creating cabinets and tables, and ship or install these items when necessary.
Sawyers must be able to read blueprints and technical drawings, and strong mathematical skills are important in order to conduct proper measurements. They may be expected to use a variety of saws, such as circular saws, wire saws, table saws, and handsaws, and the ability to operate a forklift may also be necessary. Periodic maintenance and troubleshooting may be necessary for the equipment, and because this is a physically strenuous job, physical requirements may include climbing, pushing, kneeling, and lifting heavy items. The job also requires good manual dexterity and repetitive motions, as sawyers often work in sawmills which may be noisy or dusty and not climate-controlled. Exposure to hazardous chemicals is also possible, so it's important to adhere to all safety guidelines at all times.
Experience and training should be obtained through apprenticeships or previous jobs, and some employers provide on-the-job training. A valid driver’s license may also be required in order to travel between job sites.
Perform basic maintenance and upgrades to saw machinery, such as changing the blades.
Feed lumber into saw machinery that is calibrated to the appropriate specifications.
Oversee the processing of lumber into wood components using saws.
Submit to safety training and adhere to all safety protocol.