How to become a Saw Doctor

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.

Personal requirements of a Saw Doctor

  • 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.

Duties & Tasks of a Saw Doctor

Saw doctors: • 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.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT ACT 1.1%

NSW NSW 32.1%

NT NT 1.6%


SA SA 3.8%

TAS TAS 3.3%

VIC VIC 25.3%

WA WA 23.8%

Hours worked:



Average unemployment

Gender split:

Male 85.7%

Female 14.3%

Education level:

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0%

20-24 - 18.2%

25-34 - 18.9%

35-44 - 25.5%

45-54 - 13.6%

55-59 - 19.7%

60-64 - 0%

65 and Over - 4.1%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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