National code: FWP31021

Certificate III in Saw Technology

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Overview About this course

Sharpen your high-tech saw technology skills so you can become a qualified saw technician in a sustainable industry. Learn to expertly service and repair saws in our world renowned wood processing workshop.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Identify levelling and tensioning requirements for saw blades

  • Level and tension circular saws

  • Sharpen circular saws, band saws and planer blades

  • Maintain wide band saw blades

  • Assess and maintain saw performance

  • Recondition band mill wheels

  • Replace saws, blades and guides, tungsten tips and stellite tips

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level

  • Expert training under world-class saw technology teachers in the only training facility in the Southern Hemisphere that has a full suite of modern saw technology equipment

  • A strong pathway to enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • TAFE NSW offers the Certificate III in Saw Technology as an apprenticeship only.

  • To be eligible for this course, you must:

  • Be employed as an apprentice in industry

  • Register with an Apprenticeship Network Provider who will support your application

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • An interest in working in a sustainable, carbon positive industry

  • A passion for working in a timber manufacturing setting

  • Intermediate level of fitness to manage physical demands like handling tools, lifting and working on machines

  • Precision in your work

  • An understanding and respect for work health and safety due to the nature of the industry

  • The ability to travel to the TAFE NSW Tumut campus to complete block learning. It's important you factor in accommodation and travel costs. Please contact your teacher for further information.

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 10 high school level

  • To set you up for study success and ensure your skills match the demands of your course, TAFE NSW offers you a free Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment. This assessment helps us to work with you to understand your individual study needs, to direct you to the right course for you and to give you the personalised support you need to succeed.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: saw technician.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate III in Saw Technology does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 0 Courses

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

The Certificate III in Saw Technology does not have any post-graduate courses.

Related study 1 Course

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Saw Technology qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 26 units of competency, including 19 core and 7 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Assess and maintain saw technology tools FWPCOT3279

  • Sharpen and position blades or knives in chipper, canter and reducer FWPCOT3283

  • Identify levelling and tensioning requirements for saw blades FWPCOT3286

  • Apply knowledge of timber properties, sawmill operations and sawmilling equipment FWPCOT3290

TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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