What does a Saw Filer/Fitter (611B) do?

Saw Filer/Fitters repair, set, and sharpen blades for band, chain, hand, circular, and other types of saws.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Maintain wood sawing machines in lumber and paper mills
  • File grooved, contoured, and irregular surfaces of knives, saw blades, and metal objects
  • Safely use hand tools, filing machines, and welding equipment; may also use computers, sophisticated electronic equipment, and lasers
  • Troubleshoot sawing machinery and analyze faults for corrective and/or repair action

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma with math, English, and science credits; training in welding, electronics, carpentry, or metalworking would be an asset
  • While not mandatory, completion of a 6,000-8,000 hour apprenticeship, including a combination of on-the-job and in-school training, is recommended

What's Your Future as a Saw Filer/Fitter (611B)?

  • 40 hours per week, indoors in saw or pulp mills
  • May be required to live/work in remote areas where mills are located
  • Often required to do heavy lifting; exposure to high noise levels
  • Employers include saw mills and pulp mills

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers average $18.00-$22.00 per hour.

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