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Become A Saw Operator

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Working As A Saw Operator

  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Getting Information
  • $51,650

    Average Salary

What Does A Saw Operator Do At Sysco Corp

* Clean, trim, slice, section and weigh meats.
* Cut and trim meat to prepare for packing.
* Inspect meat products for defects, bruises or blemishes and remove them along with any excess fat.
* Use knives, and saw to perform meat cutting and trimming.
* Properly clean, store and maintain all knives, scales, etc. assigned.
* Accurately cut to trim and yield specifications as specified by information provided by cut tickets.
* Required to follow all GMP's and Safety Regulations.
* Provide communication to supervisor of any discrepancies between cutting tickets and normal customer purchases.
* Achieve product yields and meet deadlines for product readiness.
* Able to keep up with machine only with certain products, count pieces and put them and identify product.
* Cut pieces accurately weight, and separate meat into specified lugs.
* Move the gondolas when full of meat.
* Responsible for working until relieved by supervisor/ manager.
* This may require working longer than schedule work hours.
* Complete other duties as assigned.
* Responsible for Food Safety (temperature, HACCP. sanitation, sanitary conditions, foreign object control and allergens).
* Responsible for Food Quality (specifications, grade, portion size, trim levels, texture, color and age

What Does A Saw Operator Do At Arconic

* Follows scribe line to cut titanium parts to assure parts per customer specifications.
* Turns hand wheels to adjust machine bed and set tension on blade between drive and idler wheels of band saw.
* Turns knobs to adjust guide post of blade, according to thickness of stock and to position friction wheel behind blade to prevent backward movement of blade when cutting stock.
* Welds blade together to make cut out of parts.
* Positions jig or attachment on machine bed to cut parts to size.
* Follow safety rules including wearing proper PPE and adjusting saw safety devices.
* Opens drive and idler wheel covers and turns hand wheels to loosen tension on band saw blade to replace dull or defective blades.
* Other duties as assigned
* Requisition Number:
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What Does A Saw Operator Do At Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas

* ground clearing, cutting, chipping, piling, burning and other methods of brush disposal while following safety, health and environmental standards, guidelines, policies and procedures.
* Inspects right of way in front of equipment to flag obstacles in the right of way (i.e. phone pedestals, guy wires, water and gas meters, etc.)
* Perform traffic control duties around work area as needed.
* Perform other related duties as required for the effective and efficient operation of the Right of Way Department.
* Drive/operate right of way vehicles and equipment

What Does A Saw Operator Do At Parker Hannifin Corp

* The employee will perform these functions while maintaining a high standard of quality and quantity.
* The duties will include but not be limited to the following:
* Set up of saw and sawing of materials/parts according to manufacturing orders and drawings.
* Works from engineering drawings, sketches, set up sheets, program printouts, specifications and instruction manuals.
* Uses advanced shop mathematics and a variety of measuring tools and gages which require interpretation in various applications.
* Requires judgment within limitations of general methods and standards.
* Performs proper and safe material handling utilizing bridge and overhead cranes with lifting devices.
* Maintains a high degree of quality and safety, and keeps work area clean.
* Actively participates in continuous improvement initiatives.
* Actively participates in High Performance Teams.
* Performs these and other duties as requested by Supervision.
* Qualifications

What Does A Saw Operator Do At Precision Castparts Corp.

* Operate ring parting saw and assist in setups and blade changes.
* Chang out rings, inspect and deburr parts.
* Palletize and wrap/band in preparation for shipping

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How To Become A Saw Operator

Education and training requirements vary by the occupation. Crane operators and excavating machine operators usually have several years of experience in related occupations, such as construction equipment operators or hoist or winch operators.


Although no formal education is usually required, some companies prefer material moving machine operators to have a high school diploma. For crane operators, excavating machine operators, and dredge operators, however, a high school diploma or equivalent is typically required.


Most material moving machine operators are trained on the job in less than a month. Some machines are more complex than others, such as cranes as compared with industrial trucks such as forklifts. Therefore, the amount of time spent in training will vary with the type of machine the operator is using. Learning to operate a forklift or an industrial truck in warehouses, for example, may take only a few days. Training to operate a crane for port operations may take several months. Most workers are trained by a supervisor or another experienced employee.

The International Union of Operating Engineers offers apprenticeship programs for heavy equipment operators, such as excavating machine operators or crane operators. Apprenticeships combine paid on-the-job training with technical instruction.

During their training, material moving machine operators learn a number of safety rules, many of which are standardized through the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Employers must certify that each operator has received the proper training. Operators who work with hazardous materials receive further specialized training.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

A number of states and several cities require crane operators to be licensed. To get a license, operators typically must complete a skills test in which they show that they can control a crane. They also must pass a written exam that tests their knowledge of safety rules and procedures. Some crane operators and industrial truck and tractor operators may obtain certification, which includes passing a written exam.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Crane operators and excavating machine operators usually have several years of experience working as construction equipment operators or hoist and winch operators. 

Important Qualities

Alertness. Material moving machine operators must be aware of their surroundings while operating machinery.

Hand–eye–foot coordination. Material moving machine operators should have steady hands and feet to guide and control heavy machinery precisely. They use hand controls to maneuver their machines through tight spaces, around large objects, and on uneven surfaces.

Mechanical skills. Material moving machine operators make minor adjustments to their machines and perform basic maintenance.

Visual ability. Material moving machine operators must be able to clearly see where they are driving or what they are moving. They must also watch for nearby workers, who may unknowingly be in their path.

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Saw Operator Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Polish

  • Hmong

  • Russian

  • Vietnamese

  • German

  • Hebrew

  • Dakota

  • Carrier

  • Choctaw

  • Italian

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Top Skills for A Saw Operator


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Top Saw Operator Skills

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Aluminum
  3. CNC
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed and assigned work to 4 saw operators ensuring safety procedures were followed.
  • Bundle and prepare cut aluminum for fabrication.
  • Operate and maintain various pieces of equipment including CNC band saw and overhead crane
  • Perform quality checks using mic, caliper, vernier or tape measure.
  • Test and adjust machine speeds or actions, according to product specifications, using gauges and hand tools.

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