Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 51-7041 Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood
Set up, operate, or tend wood sawing machines. Include head sawyers.
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Inspect and measure workpieces to mark for cuts and to verify the accuracy of cuts, using rulers, squares, or caliper rules. Adjust saw blades, using wrenches and rulers, or by turning handwheels or pressing pedals, levers, or panel buttons. Mount and bolt sawing blades or attachments to machine shafts. Set up, operate, or tend saws or machines that cut or trim wood to specified dimensions, such as circular saws, band saws, multiple-blade sawing machines, scroll saws, ripsaws, or crozer machines. Inspect stock for imperfections or to estimate grades or qualities of stock or workpieces. Monitor sawing machines, adjusting speed and tension and clearing jams to ensure proper operation. Sharpen blades or replace defective or worn blades or bands, using hand tools. Guide workpieces against saws, saw over workpieces by hand, or operate automatic feeding devices to guide cuts. Clear machine jams, using hand tools. Lubricate or clean machines, using wrenches, grease guns, or solvents.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $9.21   Entry $19,153.00
Mean $14.06   Mean $29,250.00
Experience $16.49 Experience $34,294.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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51-7041.00 Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood