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Job Summary for Saw Operator:

Sets up and operates ban saws, (friction, do-all hem-automatic, dido and cold blade) to cut, slot, groove, miter and trim metallic and nonmetallic work pieces according to blueprints and/or job travelers, product specifications for dimensions, tolerances and number of parts to be cut and tooling instructions. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned:
  • Operates machines to saw metallic and non-metallic materials.
  • Examines blueprints and job specifications to determine machine adjustments and material requirements.
  • Aligns layout marks with die or blade.
  • Installs saw blade, sets blade tension and cutting speed for specified operation.
  • Sets machine stops or guides to specified length.
  • Installs machine components, such as chucks or cutting tools.
  • Removes burrs or sharp edges form work pieces.
  • Verifies conformance to specifications.
  • Examines completed work pieces for quality.
  • Performs routine machine maintenance, such as oiling or cleaning machines, dies or work pieces.  Adds coolant to machine reservoir as necessary.
  • Replaces defective cutting blades or wheels using hand tools.
  • Complies with all safe machining practices and company policies.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Mechanically inclined and able to work independently.
  • Ability to visualize parts or equipment that need to be made from instructions.
  • Ability to apply standard machine practices and the ability to use integrated math (Algebra, geometry, trigonometry) to establish machine setups and execute part designs.
  • Ability to monitor gauges, dials and other indicator to make sure a machine is working properly.  
  • Working knowledge of SPC (Statistical Process Control).
  • Working knowledge of QC tools and gages.
  • Manual Dexterity.
  • Excellent knowledge of safety regulations and the ability to comply with all safe machining practices and company policies, including utilizing any protective gear.

Education and/or Experience:

  • No formal education or experience required.  High school diploma (preferred) or GED.  Training is usually carried out on the job, supplemented by internal or external courses where required. Apprenticeship programs, vocational training, community or technical colleges would be a plus. 

Language Skills:

  • Organizational and communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Ability to read and interpret commonly used machine shop concepts, practices and procedures.
  • Ability to follow instructions and pre-established guidelines.

Mathematical Skills:

  • Solid math foundation. 

Reasoning Ability:

  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in writing, oral or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several variables in standardized situations.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • N/A

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.
  • The employee is occasionally required to walk and stoop, kneel or crouch.  The employee may be required to lift or move moderately heavy work-pieces. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close visions, color vision and ability to adjust focus.                                                                                                                   

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately loud.
  • Wears protective equipment such as safety glasses and earplugs.
  • Hazardous materials such as some coolants and lubricants may be present in the work area. Precaution must be exercised. 


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