Saw Filer or Fitter

Saws are widely used in the manufacturing industry and a saw fitter-filer is responsible for creating maintaining sharpening and fixing saws blades or saw teeth. According to www.careerplanner.com saw fitter-filers work with many different types of saws including bandsaws handsaws and circular saws. Saw fitter-filers who are sometimes referred to as “tool grinders” are often employed by the forestry and lumber industries because these two types of businesses utilize saws as one of their main equipment types. Because it can be dangerous to work with and around saws a saw fitter-filer must follow strict safety procedures at all times. Lumber mills for example have specific safety protocols that are in place to ensure that their employees remain as protected as possible at all times. In addition to working directly with saws and saw blades saw fitter-filers must also be knowledgeable about how to utilize various other types of tools and how to operate the machinery used to cut press sharpen and grind teeth on saw blades. The educational path to becoming a saw fitter-filer is typically through an apprenticeship program which can be started after obtaining a high school diploma or a GED. There is certification available for this career but only some employers require it. The website occupations.careers.org states that most saw fitters-filers work 40 hours per week but they do not always work during regular business hours. Because manufacturing plants and lumber industries are typically operational 24 hours per day seven days per week saw fitters-filers are often required to work some night weekend and holiday shifts. The website www.payscale.com states that the average yearly salary for a saw fitter-filer is $30025 to $43918.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Apprenticeship
Avg Salary: $36971.5
High Salary: $43918
Low Salary: $30025
Tasks: Smoothes saws blades and teeth.
Sharpens saws and other tools.
Polishes saws blades.
Grinds saws and other tools.
Also Called: Tool Grinder
Tool Filer
Tool Sharpener
Tool Fitter
Additional Resources: http://www.careerplanner.com/DOT-Job-Descriptions/SAW-FILER.cfm
http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Saw_Filer/Hourly_Rate
http://occupations.careers.org/33800/saw-fitter