Saw Doctors repair, set and sharpen blades for circular, band and other saws.

Specialisations: Saw Sharpener.

Either extensive experience or an apprenticeship in saw doctoring is needed to work as a Saw Doctor.

Tasks

  • Dismantles precision instruments, repairs and replaces defective parts, and reassembles articles using hand and power tools and specially designed machines.
  • Makes blades for circular, band and other power saws and repairs, sets and sharpens blades for hand and power saws.
  • May estimate costs and prepare quotes for repairs.

All Precision Metal Trades Workers

  • $1,149 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Saw Doctors

  • 320 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 46 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Saw Doctors (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 360 in 2011 to 320 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Saw Doctors work in many parts of Australia. South Australia has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Other Services; and Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (88%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 46 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (53%).
  • Gender: 1% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Manufacturing51.2
Other Services35.8
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing4.0
Health Care and Social Assistance3.0
Other Industries6.0

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateSaw DoctorsAll Jobs Average
NSW28.031.6
VIC23.725.6
QLD15.820.0
SA13.47.0
WA13.410.8
TAS5.82.0
NT0.01.0
ACT0.01.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketSaw DoctorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-194.1-5.05.0
20-244.1-9.39.3
25-3418.6-22.922.9
35-4420.4-22.022.0
45-5424.8-21.621.6
55-5915.1-9.09.0
60-647.2-6.06.0
65 and Over5.7-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationSaw DoctorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree0.0-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma1.0-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV75.3-21.121.1
Year 125.3-18.118.1
Year 112.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below16.4-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or an apprenticeship in saw doctoring is needed to work as a Saw Doctor.

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Employers look for Precision Metal Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    48% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  2. Production and Processing

    40% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  3. Mathematics

    28% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Building and Construction

    26% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  5. Education and Training

    26% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-7041.00 - Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    100% Important

    How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

  2. Exposed to Hazardous Equipment

    98% Important

    How often do you work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic?

  3. Exposed to Contaminants

    95% Important

    How often are you exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours?

  4. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

    94% Important

    How often are you there sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?

  5. Being Exact or Accurate

    92% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-7041.00 - Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood.

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