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Saw Doctor

Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

Saw doctors make, repair, maintain and sharpen a wide range of cutting tools and saw blades.

They also maintain mechanical parts of a range of production machines.


    Saw doctors may perform the following tasks:

  • manufacture saw blades from blank sheets or strips of steel
  • straighten and stretch steel in circular and band saws
  • operate hand and power tools, machines and mechanical equipment
  • mill, grind, press or sharpen cutting tools
  • weld tools, saws and cutting edges
  • manufacture and maintain the straightness and balance in all cutting tools and saw blades
  • use hand skills to manipulate machines to sharpen saws and cutting tools so that they produce the required surface finish on sawn or milled products
  • maintain a range of mechanical parts on sawing machinery used in timber processing


  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • safety-conscious
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • normal vision and hearing
  • good hand-eye coordination

Interest Area

Manual/Practical Technical/Engineering


Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

To become a saw doctor you usually have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship in Sawdoctoring.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.


Saw doctors work for saw manufacturers, saw service shops, machining shops, woodworking factories, large timber mills and other industries which use sawing equipment. Self-employment is possible, particularly in saw blade and cutting tool maintenance.

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