Advances in Woodmachining and Sawdoctoring Project

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Case for change

Advances in woodmachining and sawdoctoring were identified as key skill priorities in the 2018-2021 Forest and Wood Products IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work (see pages 63-66). In addressing these skill needs, this project will review the Certificate III in Woodmachining and the Certificate III in
Sawdoctoring, and 46 units of competency. Skills Impact and the Timber and Wood Processing Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will manage this project, consistent with the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

Download the IRC Skills Forecast (see pages 63-66)

Project Plan

Project Scope

This project will assess the current skills requirements for wood machinists and sawdoctors as a result of technological advancements and a business imperative to operate in a competitive environment. This project will result in revised woodmachining and sawdoctoring qualifications, which underpin industry’s apprenticeships and traineeships programs for these trades. The qualifications will be reviewed so that they reflect all job functions, as well as current skills and knowledge requirements.

Scroll down to view the list of qualifications and units of competency that support the wood machinist and sawdoctor job role and will be reviewed in this project.

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Relevant Occupations
  • Sawdoctors
  • Wood Machinists

 

Key deliverables

The project will review 2 qualifications, the Certificate III in Woodmachining and the Certificate III in Sawdoctoring, and 46 units of competency listed for these qualifications. A qualification for new entrants at Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level 2 may also be developed

 

Timeline

July – August 2018
Initial scoping

August – December 2019

Development of draft qualifications and units of competency
(Technical Advisory Committee Consultations)

January – February 2019
Drafts available for broad consultation

March 2019
Validation of final drafts

April – June 2019
Finalisation of Training Package components and AISC submission

 

Project Team
Georgiana DaianHead of Skills Standards Development, ForestWorks gdaian@forestworks.com.au
Michelle ClaytonIndustry Skills Standards Specialist, ForestWorks mclayton@forestworks.com.au
Rob StowellIndustry Skills Standards Contractor

 

Qualifications and units

Below is a list of the qualifications and units proposed for revision.

Qualifications that may be developed as part of this project include (but are not limited to):

 

Opportunities for stakeholder input

Stakeholder input is appreciated throughout the duration of this project. The documents will be drafted in consultation with the TAC and their networks. Opportunities to provide targeted feedback will occur when the draft materials are made available in January and February 2019, and again for validation of final drafts in March 2019. However, your feedback is welcomed at any time, and will help us in drafting the units. It is important that training provides a skilled  and flexible workforce for the future. The units need to reflect real work experience. So if you work in the sector, Skills Impact would love your input and help. Please feel free to register your interest for project updates and consultation opportunities by following the newsletter subscription link below. Alternatively, please feel free to contact us.

 

The Timber and Wood Processing Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will oversee this project, as part of their responsibilities to support engagement with the sector, and to ensure the project meets industry stakeholder needs.

Development

In late August 2018, this project commenced with the establishment of a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) with a focus on reviewing the Certificate III in Sawdoctoring and the Certificate III in Woodmachining. TAC members met and supported a series of site visits to identify skills needs and gaps regarding saw doctoring and wood machining occupations. Following this feedback and consultations with the TAC, work has begun on reviewing the two qualifications and updating the associated units of competency.

The following development activities have taken place for this project:

  • A new occupation title and qualification name have been suggested for the sawdoctors. The proposed occupation title is Saw Technician and the recommended qualification name is the Certificate III in Saw Technology. The rationale for this change is that the job role has evolved. In addition to providing traditional services related to maintenance of circular and band saws, sawdoctors are often involved in inspecting, testing, maintaining and troubleshooting mechanical components on sawing machine centres to achieve sawing production rates and product tolerances. Modern sawdoctors may also work with other technical staff on developing and reviewing suggestions for improving timber recovery.
  • Feedback has suggested that the application of basic knowledge of hydraulic and pneumatic systems be included in both qualifications to cover the skill needs for troubleshooting mechanical components on sawing machine centres. Further, the technical experts have suggested skill sets that offer high-level troubleshooting and process improvement skills and a career pathway to these occupations.
  • Three new units have been proposed for development to support the skills required by Saw Doctors (or Saw Technicians). The proposed new units are:
    • FWPSAWXXXX Set up, align and maintain sawing machines to achieve sawing requirements
    • FWPSAWXXXX Identify levelling and tensioning requirements for saw blades
    • FWPSAWXXXX Operate CNC equipment for grinding, tensioning and levelling saw blades.
  • All units for review have been checked for compliance with 2012 Standards for Training Packages. The consultations conducted to date have indicated that a number of units will need to be restructured to reflect more accurately contemporary job functions, machine operations and maintenance requirements.

 

Technical Advisory Committee
OrganisationRepresentative
AKD SoftwoodsAshley Britton
Timber Training CreswickCharlie Read
Phoenix Supply Company Pty LtdChris Carre
AKD SoftwoodsChristian Gibbs
Workspace TrainingDavid McElvenny
Inglewood Products GroupCarlo Gosatti
One Forty OneEmma-Kate Griffiths
Hyne TimberGarry Elliott
TimberlinkJoel Langham
SA PineLuke Riches
AKD SoftwoodsMatthew Laity
One Forty OneNeil Hunter
Independent ConsultantPeter Mikelsen
Timber Training CreswickSteve Archer
AKD SoftwoodsSteve Baudinette
Boral TimberSteve Kostiuk
Britton TimbersStuart Gale
CFMMEUTravis Lawson
Food, Fibre & Timber IndustriesTrevor Hislop

 

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Drafts Available

Thank you to all those who provided feedback on the draft qualifications and units of competency. Two draft qualifications, 10 new units of competency (six of which have been developed across this project and the Sawmill Timber and Process Optimisation Project) and 39 revised units were available for review and feedback on this webpage, from 21 January – 20 February 2019. Sixteen units (9 within the project scope and 7 outside the project scope) were also proposed for removal from the two revised qualifications.

Feedback was sought on whether the draft qualifications and units reflect current job roles, industry skills standards, knowledge and practices and whether all job functions are accurately described. Feedback will inform the work on the final drafts which will be available for industry validation in late February 2019.

Summary of consultation to date

Feedback on the draft documents was collected via the online feedback hub, face-to-face consultation workshops and webinars. To view the draft documents, including comments that were made on them from people using the feedback hub, please click on the expandable document menus below.

The project commenced in late August 2018 with the establishment of a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), made up of workplace experts and industry. TAC members met and supported a series of site visits to identify skills needs and gaps regarding saw doctoring and wood machining occupations. Following this feedback and in consultation with the TAC, work carried out on the development of the draft qualifications and units.

 

Qualifications

The existing qualifications, have undergone a major review. Changes to the drafts include a new title for one qualification, new units of competency added to the qualifications, units of competency removed from the qualifications, units of competency imported from other training packages, and revised units of competency. The draft qualifications are available to view via the links below.

Qualification nameProposed ChangesLink 
Certificate III in Saw Technology (previously Certificate III in Sawdoctoring )
  • A new occupation title and qualification name for the sawdoctors to reflect the modern and broader job functions of this occupation. The proposed occupation title is Saw Technician and the recommended qualification name is the Certificate III in Saw Technology
  • Removal of 3 existing units of competency as they are no longer relevant to the current job requirements
  • Replacement of one existing unit of competency, FWPCOT3210 Sharpen cutting tools, with 3 redrafted units of competency that break down the previous broad job function into defined skills. The 3 redrafted units cover different applications and methods for sharpening cutters (in cutter head or without cutter head), with each involving the use of distinct types of machines and complexities (profile knife grinder and straight knife grinder).
  • An addition of 4 new units, being developed in this project and the sawmill timber and process optimisation project. These new units cover skills in timber properties and sawmill operations, timber and process optimisation, and levelling and tensioning sawblades.
  • Importation of potentially 10 units of competency from the Manufacturing and Engineering (MEM) Training Package to cover the skill needs for troubleshooting hydraulic and pneumatic systems on sawing machine centres
  • Importation of 3 units of competency from the Sustainability (MSS) and Manufacturing (MSM) Training Packages to cover application of statistics, problem-solving tools and 5S procedures to operational processes
  • A new qualification structure and packaging rules.
View qualification 
Certificate III in Wood Machining
  • Removal of 13 existing units of competency as these job functions are no longer relevant to the current sawmill environments.
  • An addition of 7 new units, being developed in this project and the sawmill timber and process optimisation project. These new units cover skills in timber properties and sawmill operations, timber and process optimisation, operating production saws, levelling and tensioning of sawblades, and using and calibrating timber scanning equipment in sawmills.
  • Replacement of two existing units of competency, FWPCOT3210 Sharpen cutting tools and FWPCOT3205 Dress boards using multi-headed machines, with 3 and respectively 2 redrafted units of competency that break down the previous broad job functions into defined skills.
  • Importation of 7 units of competency from the Sustainability (MSS), Manufacturing (MSM), Furnishing (MSF) and Forest and Wood Products (FWP) Training Packages. These imported units cover the application of statistics, problem-solving tools and 5S procedures to operational processes, skills in mechanical stress grading and sampling and testing of timber products to specifications, and competencies in operating machines for higher-value timber products (including routing and shaping machines).
  • A new qualification structure and packaging rules.
View qualification 

 

Units

Four new units of competency have been developed to support processes and advanced technology for levelling and tensioning sawblades, and an efficient operation of production sawing machines in sawmills. The draft new units are available to view via the links below.

 

FWPCOT3XXX Identify levelling and tensioning requirements for saw bladesView unit
FWPCOT3XXX Operate CNC equipment for grinding, tensioning and levelling saw bladesView unit
FWPSAW3XXX Set up and operate production saws used in sawmill operationsView unit
FWPCOT3XXX Load and prove operating program for computer numerical controlled (CNC) machineView unit

 

Six new units have been also developed for operating timber optimisation technology and applying principles of timber and process optimisation in sawmills, including knowledge of timber properties and processing capabilities. These have been developed in conjunction with the Sawmill Timber and Process Optimisation Project. The draft new units are available to view via the links below.

FWPCOT3XXX Apply knowledge of timber properties, sawmill operations and sawmillingView unit
FWPCOT3XXX Apply principles of timber and process optimisation in sawmill operationsView unit
FWPCOT3XXX Calibrate and maintain scanning equipmentView unit
FWPSAW4XXX Monitor output timber for optimum volume and value recoveryView unit
FWPSAW4XXX Optimise timber production for volume and value recoveryView unit
FWPCOT3XXX Use scanning equipment for timber gradingView unit

 

Feedback was also sought on the placement of new units within qualifications the Forest and Wood Products Training Package. The new units are proposed to be listed on the sawmilling and processing, wood machining and saw technology qualifications as shown here.

Proposed new unitsQualifications
FWP20316 Certificate II in Sawmilling and ProcessingFWP30316 Certificate III in Sawmilling and ProcessingFWP3XXXX Certificate III in Wood MachiningFWP3XXXX Certificate III in Saw TechnologyFWP40216 Certificate IV in Timber Processing
FWPCOT3XXX Identify levelling and tensioning requirements for saw bladesElectiveElectiveElective
FWPCOT3XXX Operate CNC equipment for grinding, tensioning and levelling saw bladesElectiveElective
FWPSAW3XXX Set up and operate production saws used in sawmill operationsElective
FWPCOT3XXX Load and prove operating program for computer numerical controlled (CNC) machineElective
FWPCOT3XXX Apply principles for timber and process optimisation in sawmill operationsElectiveElectiveElective
FWPCOT3XXX Apply knowledge of timber properties, sawmill operations and sawmilling equipmentElectiveElectiveCoreCore
FWPSAW4XXX Optimise timber production for volume and value recoveryElective
FWPSAW4XXX Monitor output timber for optimum volume and value recoveryElective
FWPCOT3XXX Use scanning equipment for timber gradingElectiveElective
FWPCOT3XXX Calibrate and maintain scanning equipmentElectiveElective

 

Forty-one existing units of competency have been revised to meet the skill needs and compliance with the standards for training packages. Summary of changes made to these units is outlined below. Additional chances across the units also include updates to the workplace health and safety requirements and foundation skills, rewording application statement for clarifying the intent of the unit and other minor edits for improving clarity of statements.

Certificate III in Saw Technology Units

The revised units are available to view via the links below.

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

Unit code and titleProposed changesLink
FWPCOT3XXX Assess and maintain saw technology tools
  • Updated unit title as suggested
  • Added hammers, measuring equipment, back gauges to tool set
  • New Element 4 – Maintain measuring equipment
  • New Element 5 – Maintain hammer
  • New Element 6 – Maintain back gauge
  • Performance Evidence redrafted
  • Knowledge Evidence expanded to include hammers, measuring equipment, back gauges
  • Assessment Conditions expanded to include hammers, measuring equipment, back gauges
View unit
FWPCOT3215 Swage and shape saw bladesMinor editsView unit
FWPSAW3XXX Sharpen band saw blades
  • Updated unit title as suggested
  • Split Element 2 into 2 elements (E2 and E3)
  • Performance Evidence adjusted to require ‘one or more types of saw blades’ (narrow and wide)
    Added a new knowledge item:

    • Basic knowledge of physics of sawing including:
    • saw blade material and properties
    • impact of timber properties on saw blades
    • direction of cut
    • forces on a blade
    • heat removal
    • saw tooth configuration
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FWPSAW3209 Align sawing production systems
  • Reworded Application statement
  • Added a new Performance Criteria (1.6)
  • Improved Element 3
  • Added a new Element (4)
  • Added Knowledge Evidence to match Performance Criteria
  • Removed reference to canter rings
  • Updated Assessment Conditions to reflect changes
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FWPSAW3XXX Recondition saw guides
  • Updated unit title as suggested
  • Added a new Knowledge Evidence:
    • Basic knowledge of physics of sawing including:
    • saw blade material and properties
    • impact of timber properties on saw blades
    • direction of cut
    • forces on a blade
    • heat removal
  • Modified Element 2 from Machin guides to Recondition guides
  • Adjusted Performance Criteria 2.2, 2.3, 2.4 to reflect change
  • Deleted Performance Criteria 3.3 and modified 2.7 to accommodate deletion
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FWPSAW3XXX Sharpen tipped circular saw blades
  • Updated unit title as suggested
  • Split Element 2 in 2 elements
  • Added a new Knowledge Evidence:
    • Basic knowledge of physics of sawing including:
    • saw blade material and properties
    • impact of timber properties on saw blades
    • direction of cut
    • forces on a blade
    • heat removal
    • saw tooth configuration
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FWPSAW3214 Join band saw blades
  • Reworded application statement for clarity
  • Updated workplace health and safety requirements
  • Specified the types of band saw blades (wide and narrow) in Performance Evidence.
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FWPSAW3219 Replace stellite tips
  • Revised the Performance Criterial of Element 3
  • Clarified the type of operation in Performance Evidence
  • Added a new Knowledge Evidence:
    • Basic knowledge of physics of sawing including:
    • saw blade material and properties
    • impact of timber properties on saw blades
    • direction of cut
    • forces on a blade
    • heat removal
    • saw tooth configuration
  • Removed reference to gang saws in Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence
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FWPSAW3XXX Assess and maintain wide band saw blades
  • Updated title as suggested
  • Revised the Performance Criteria of Element 3
  • Added the definition of wide band saw (70 mm and over) to the Application statement
  • Added 2 items (dot point 4 and 5) in Performance Evidence
  • Added to Knowledge Evidence:
    • Basic knowledge of physics of sawing including:
    • saw blade material and properties
    • impact of timber properties on saw blades
    • direction of cut
    • forces on a blade
    • heat removal
    • saw tooth configuration
  • Removed reference to gang saws and heavy duty saws from unit
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FWPSAW3XXX Assess and maintain band saw wheels
  • Updated unit title as suggested
  • Revised workplace health and safety requirements
  • Removed reference to tasks which are no longer required in sawmills, i.e. ‘remove the bandwheel from the machine centre’
View unit

 

Certificate III in Wood Machining Units

The revised units are available to view via the links below.

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

Unit code and titleProposed changesLink
FWPCOT2XXX Tail out timber product and waste material
  • Updated unit title as suggested
  • Terminology “materials” replaced with “timber product and waste materials”
  • Edited machines required under assessment conditions
View unit
FWPCOT2XXX Operate and maintain a thicknesser
  • Updated unit title as suggested
  • Element 2 sequence modified
  • Minor edits
View unit
FWPCOT2212 Grade hardwood sawn and milled productsMinor editsView unit
FWPCOT2213 Grade softwood sawn and milled productsMinor editsView unit
FWPCOT2214 Grade cypress sawn and milled productsMinor editsView unit
FWPCOT2215 Visually stress grade hardwoodReworded knowledge evidenceView unit
FWPCOT2216 Visually stress grade softwoodReworded knowledge evidenceView unit
FWPCOT2217 Visually stress grade cypressReworded knowledge evidenceView unit
FWPSAW3XXX Set up and run multi-head moulder/planer to produce simple profilesOriginal unit FWPCOT3205 Dress boards using multi-headed machines has been replaced with 2 redrafted units of competency to break down the previous broad job function into defined skills.View unit
FWPSAW3XXX Set up and run multi-head moulder to produce complex profilesView unit
FWPCOT3XXX Setup, operate and maintain finger jointing machines
  • Unit title updated as suggested
  • Element 1 name change
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FWPCOT3XXX Set up, operate and maintain end matching machines
  • Unit title updated as suggested
  • Element 1 name change from ‘Plan production parameters’ to ‘Prepare for end matching operations’
  • New Element 3 created ‘Monitor end matching operation’
View unit

 

Common Units of Competency

The revised units are available to view via the links below.

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

Unit code and titleProposed changesLink
FWPCOT2XXX Operate and maintain a table sawUpdated unit title as suggested

Minor edits

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FWPCOT3XXX Hand sharpen knives and blades for commercial and domestic cutting services
  • Updated unit title as suggested
  • Reworded the Application statement for clarifying the types of sharpening machines and knives and blades (i.e. files and grinders to sharpen hand chainsaw, scissors, wood chisels, garden tools and other cutting tools for commercial and domestic services)
  • Added PC3.6
    • Added a new knowledge item as per feedback:
    • Basic knowledge of physics of sawing including:
    • saw blade material and properties
    • impact of timber properties on saw blades
    • direction of cut
    • forces on a blade
    • heat removal
    • saw tooth configuration
  • Edited the types of knives and blades Knowledge Evidence to reflect the unit application
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FWPCOT3XXX Sharpen cutters using a straight knife grinderOriginal unit FWPCOT3210 Sharpen cutting tools has been replaced with 3 redrafted units of competency to break down the previous broad job function into defined skills. The 3 redrafted units cover different applications and methods for sharpening cutters (in cutter head or without cutter head), with each involving the use of distinct types of machines and complexities (profile knife grinder and straight knife grinder).View unit
FWPCOT3XXX Sharpen cutters in head using a profile knife grinderView unit
FWPCOT3XXX Sharpen cutters in head using a straight knife grinderView unit
FWPCOT3XXX Replace saw blades, knives and guides
  • Updated title
  • Minor edits
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FWPCOT3XXX Manufacture profile cutters
  • Updated unit title as suggested
  • Reworded E1
  • Added PC 3.2
  • Added a new knowledge item as per feedback:
  • Basic knowledge of physics of sawing including:
    • saw blade material and properties
    • impact of timber properties on saw blades
    • direction of cut
    • forces on a blade
    • heat removal
    • saw tooth configuration
View unit
FWPCOT3XXX Assess and maintain saw blade and sawing machine performance
  • Unit title updated as suggested
  • Reworded Application and Performance Evidence to clarify the types of sawing machines and cutting tools that are covered (i.e. sawing blades or knives and machines, including circular saws, band saws, chipper canters or reducers).
  • Removed reference to gang saw
  • Added ‘reducers’ to the list of sawing machines covered by the unit
  • Renamed Element 2 as Monitor and inspect sawing blades or knives and machine
  • Maintained the term ‘equipment’ only to denote ‘sawing in-feed and out-feed equipment’. Removed all other references to equipment.
  • Updated Performance Evidence, Knowledge Evidence and Assessment Conditions to indicate ‘one or more of the following machines and associated sawing blades and knives’
  • Inserted 2 Performance Criteria (2.3 and 2.5)
  • Added a new Knowledge Evidence (typical sawing problems, causes and solutions) to map with Performance Criteria 2.3 and 2.5
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FWPCOT3217 Assess and maintain cutter performance
  • Updated Application statement
  • Added a new Element (E1)
  • Removed Element 2
  • Reworded elements
  • Reworded Performance Criteria
  • Reworded Performance Evidence
  • Removed reference to routers, chippers and canters Inserted ‘assessed and diagnosed 3 different problems related to cutter and cutter blocks performance’ in Performance Evidence
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FWPCOT3XXX Sharpen and position blades or knives in chipper, canter and reducer
  • Updated unit title as suggested
  • Clarified machines and associated blades and knives covered in the unit: chipper, canter, reducer
  • Added Element 6 (Adjust set screws on blades and knives) by separating Element 5
  • Reworded Elements and Performance Criteria
  • Updated Performance Evidence, Knowledge Evidence and Assessment Conditions to indicate ‘one or more of the following machines and associated blades and knives’
  • Added a new Knowledge Evidence: Basic knowledge of physics of timber sawing including:
    • blade or knife material and properties
    • impact of timber properties on saw blades
    • direction of cut
    • forces on a blade
    • heat removal
View unit
FWPCOT3237 Produce templatesMinor editsView unit
FWPCOT3XXX Apply knowledge of wood technology principles to end-use applications
  • Updated title
  • Minor edits
View unit
FWPSAW3XXX Sharpen circular saw blades
  • Updated unit title as suggested
  • Added a new Knowledge Evidence: Basic knowledge of physics of sawing including:
    • saw blade material and properties
    • impact of timber properties on saw blades
    • direction of cut
    • forces on a blade
    • heat removal
    • saw tooth configuration
  • Redrafted Performance Criteria 2.4 and 3.1 to clarify tasks
  • Inserted new Performance Criteria (3.1) Grind saw blade body before sharpening the tooth to maintain clearance
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FWPSAW3XXX File and set saw blades for hand saws and circular saws
  • Removed reference to gang saw and band saws
  • Updated unit title to reflect application
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FWPSAW3XXX Level and tension circular saw blades
  • Reworded Knowledge Evidence item to read: Saw blade defects:
    • lumps, ridges, and twists
    • areas of excessive tension
    • areas of insufficient tension
    • compressive and tensile stresses
  • Modified Assessment Conditions – specifications – to read: “grading timber” replaced with ‘assessment of dimensional accuracy and surface quality of sawn timber products’
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FWPSAW3218 Replace tungsten tips
  • Added a new Knowledge Evidence: Basic knowledge of physics of sawing including:
    • saw blade material and properties
    • impact of timber properties on saw blades
    • direction of cut
    • forces on a blade
    • heat removal
    • saw tooth configuration
  • Removed reference to band saws and gang saws in Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence. Tungsten carbide tips are not applied to bandsaws in AU. Retained only circular saws.
  • Renamed Element 2 as Remove worn, damaged or broken tips
  • Reworded and deleted Performance Criteria from Element 3
  • Added a new performance evidence to match with performance criteria: assessed condition of tungsten tips in line with workplace procedures
  • Added to Knowledge Evidence: Methods for:
    • cleaning excess braze alloy and carbide fragments from tip seats
    • lengthening or deepening tip seats to match replacement tip requirements
    • selecting size and type of replacement tip
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FWPSAW3228 Apply principles of blade design to sawing procedures
  • Minor changes to terminology in list of ‘characteristics of blades and names of different parts’ in Knowledge Evidence
  • Tension rings listed in Knowledge Evidence list under heading ‘characteristics of blades and names and purpose of blade parts’.  This maps to Performance Criteria 2.2.
View unit

 

The units are available to view via the links below.

Three existing units of competency are proposed for removal from Certificate III in Saw Technology as they are no longer relevant to the current job requirements.

FWPSAW3217 Hard face saw teethView unit
FWPSAW3221 Profile saw blanksView unit
FWPSAW3225 Maintain frame saw bladesView unit

 

Thirteen existing units of competency are proposed for removal from Certificate III in Wood Machining as these competencies are no longer relevant to the current sawmill environments.

Units Within the Project Scope

FWPCOT3244 Cut material to profileView unit
FWPSAW3210 File and set sawsView unit
FWPSAW3226 Saw logs using CNC optimising systemsView unit
FWPTMM2202 Machine materialView unit
FWPTMM3201 Convert timberView unit
FWPTMM3202 Manufacture using joinery machinesView unit

 

Units outside the project scope

FWPCOT2224 Band edges of panelsView unit
FWPCOT2232 Cut material to shape using a saw View unit
FWPCOT3234 Cut material using CNC sizing machines View unit
FWPCOT3235 Machine material using CNC machining and processing centres View unit
FWPTMM3203 Estimate and cost job View unit
FWPTMM4203 Install and commission CNC software View unit
FWPWPP2210 Cut panels to profile View unit

 

Four units of competency are proposed for being listed on FWP20316 Certificate II in Sawmilling and Processing to broaden accessibility for a school based pre-apprenticeship program for Wood Machinists and Saw Doctors (or Saw Technicians). The units are available to view via the links below.

FWPCOT3XXX Hand sharpen knives and blades for commercial and domestic cutting servicesView unit
FWPCOT3XXX Sharpen cutters using a straight knife grinderView unit
FWPSAW3219 Replace stellite tipsView unit
MEM05006C Perform brazing and/or silver soldering

(We are seeking your views about the suitability of this unit for FWP20316 Certificate II in Sawmilling and Processing. Skills Impact cannot make any physical changes to this unit as this is beyond our remit.)

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Eight units of competency including relevant prerequisites from the MEM Manufacturing and Engineering Training Package are proposed for being listed on the FWP40216 Certificate IV in Timber Processing to offer a career pathway to Saw Doctors (or Saw Technicians) through high-level skills in troubleshooting hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Note that all additional MEM prerequisite units have been listed on the Certificate III in Saw Technology.

These units are listed below. Please note that Skills Impact cannot make any physical changes to these units as this is beyond our remit.

MEM18019B Maintain pneumatic systemsView unit
MEM18018C Maintain pneumatic system componentsView unit
MEM18021B Maintain hydraulic systemsView unit
MEM18020B Maintain hydraulic system componentsView unit
MEM18071B Connect/disconnect fluid conveying system componentsView unit
MEM18003 Use tools for precision workUnit not yet published
MEM18006 Perform precision fitting of engineering componentsView unit
MEM14006 Plan work activitiesUnit not yet published

 

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Validation

Thank you to those who participated in the validation process for the final draft units of competency. The documents were made available on the Skills Impact website from 25 February – 11 March 2019.

The final drafts will shortly progress through to the Finalisation stage of the project which includes quality assurance of the documents and review and feedback from the State/Territory Training Authorities. They will then be forwarded to the Timber and Wood Processing Industry Reference Committee for consideration and sign off, before being submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) to consider and approve for publication on training.gov.au.

Validation means checking and confirming that the documents are logical and factually accurate. 

Summary of consultation to date

Prior to the Validation period, the draft units of competency were made available on this webpage for broad stakeholder review, from 21 January – 15  February 2018, under the ‘Drafts Available’ stage menu above. Feedback on the draft documents was collected via an online feedback hub, emails and consultation with industry stakeholders. The qualifications and units were drafted with guidance from a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), made up of workplace experts and industry.

A description of how feedback from the ‘Drafts Available’ stage has been considered and applied in these final drafts can be downloaded below.

Qualifications

The existing qualifications, have undergone a major review. Changes to the drafts include a new title for one qualification, new units of competency added to the qualifications, units of competency removed from the qualifications, units of competency imported from other training packages, and revised units of competency.

The draft qualifications can be viewed via the links below or  click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group.

Qualification nameProposed ChangesLink 
FWP3XXXX Certificate III in Saw Technology (previously Certificate III in Sawdoctoring )
  • A new occupation title and qualification name for the sawdoctors to reflect the modern and broader job functions of this occupation. The proposed occupation title is Saw Technician and the recommended qualification name is the Certificate III in Saw Technology
  • Removal of 3 existing units of competency as they are no longer relevant to the current job requirements
  • Replacement of one existing unit of competency, FWPCOT3210 Sharpen cutting tools, with 3 redrafted units of competency that break down the previous broad job function into defined skills. The 3 redrafted units cover different applications and methods for sharpening cutters (in cutter head or without cutter head), with each involving the use of distinct types of machines and complexities (profile knife grinder and straight knife grinder).
  • An addition of 4 new units, being developed in this project and the sawmill timber and process optimisation project. These new units cover skills in timber properties and sawmill operations, timber and process optimisation, and levelling and tensioning sawblades.
  • Importation of potentially 10 units of competency from the Manufacturing and Engineering (MEM) Training Package to cover the skill needs for troubleshooting hydraulic and pneumatic systems on sawing machine centres
  • Importation of 3 units of competency from the Sustainability (MSS) and Manufacturing (MSM) Training Packages to cover application of statistics, problem-solving tools and 5S procedures to operational processes
  • A new qualification structure and packaging rules.
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FWP3XXXX Certificate III in Wood Machining
  • Removal of 13 existing units of competency as these job functions are no longer relevant to the current sawmill environments.
  • An addition of 7 new units, being developed in this project and the sawmill timber and process optimisation project. These new units cover skills in timber properties and sawmill operations, timber and process optimisation, operating production saws, levelling and tensioning of sawblades, and using and calibrating timber scanning equipment in sawmills.
  • Replacement of two existing units of competency, FWPCOT3210 Sharpen cutting tools and FWPCOT3205 Dress boards using multi-headed machines, with 3 and respectively 2 redrafted units of competency that break down the previous broad job functions into defined skills.
  • Importation of 7 units of competency from the Sustainability (MSS), Manufacturing (MSM), Furnishing (MSF) and Forest and Wood Products (FWP) Training Packages. These imported units cover the application of statistics, problem-solving tools and 5S procedures to operational processes, skills in mechanical stress grading and sampling and testing of timber products to specifications, and competencies in operating machines for higher-value timber products (including routing and shaping machines).
  • A new qualification structure and packaging rules.
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Units

Four new units of competency have been developed to support processes and advanced technology for levelling and tensioning sawblades, and an efficient operation of production sawing machines in sawmills.

The draft new units can be viewed via the links below or  click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group.

FWPCOT3XXX Identify levelling and tensioning requirements for saw bladesDownload final draft unit
FWPCOT3XXX Operate CNC equipment for grinding, tensioning and levelling saw bladesDownload final draft unit
FWPSAW3XXX Set up and operate production saws used in sawmill operationsDownload final draft unit
FWPCOT3XXX Load and prove operating program for computer numerical controlled (CNC) machineDownload final draft unit

 

Six new units have also been developed for operating timber optimisation technology and applying principles of timber and process optimisation in sawmills, including knowledge of timber properties and processing capabilities. These have been developed in conjunction with the Sawmill Timber and Process Optimisation Project.

The draft new units can be viewed via the links below or  click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group.

FWPCOT3XXX Apply knowledge of timber properties, sawmill operations and sawmillingDownload final draft unit
FWPCOT3XXX Apply principles of timber and process optimisation in sawmill operationsDownload final draft unit
FWPCOT3XXX Calibrate and maintain scanning equipmentDownload final draft unit
FWPSAW4XXX Monitor output timber for optimum volume and value recoveryDownload final draft unit
FWPSAW4XXX Optimise timber production for volume and value recoveryDownload final draft unit
FWPCOT3XXX Use scanning equipment for timber gradingDownload final draft unit

 

Feedback is also sought on the placement of these new units within qualifications in the FWP Forest and Wood Products Training Package. The new units are proposed to be listed on the sawmilling and processing, wood machining and saw technology qualifications as shown here.

Proposed new unitsQualifications
FWP20316 Certificate II in Sawmilling and ProcessingFWP30316 Certificate III in Sawmilling and ProcessingFWP3XXXX Certificate III in Wood MachiningFWP3XXXX Certificate III in Saw TechnologyFWP40216 Certificate IV in Timber Processing
FWPCOT3XXX Identify levelling and tensioning requirements for saw bladesElectiveElectiveElective
FWPCOT3XXX Operate CNC equipment for grinding, tensioning and levelling saw bladesElectiveElective
FWPSAW3XXX Set up and operate production saws used in sawmill operationsElective
FWPCOT3XXX Load and prove operating program for computer numerical controlled (CNC) machineElective
FWPCOT3XXX Apply principles for timber and process optimisation in sawmill operationsElectiveElectiveElective
FWPCOT3XXX Apply knowledge of timber properties, sawmill operations and sawmilling equipmentElectiveElectiveCoreCore
FWPSAW4XXX Optimise timber production for volume and value recoveryElective
FWPSAW4XXX Monitor output timber for optimum volume and value recoveryElective
FWPCOT3XXX Use scanning equipment for timber gradingElectiveElective
FWPCOT3XXX Calibrate and maintain scanning equipmentElectiveElective

Thirty-nine existing units of competency have been revised to meet the skill needs and compliance with the standards for training packages. Summary of changes made to these units is outlined below. Additional changes across the units also include updates to the workplace health and safety requirements and foundation skills, rewording application statement for clarifying the intent of the unit and other minor edits for improving clarity of statements.

The draft revised units can be viewed via the links below or  click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group.

Certificate III in Saw Technology Units
Unit code and titleProposed changesLink
FWPCOT3XXX Assess and maintain saw technology tools
  • Updated unit title as suggested
  • Added hammers, measuring equipment, back gauges to tool set
  • New Element 4 – Maintain measuring equipment
  • New Element 5 – Maintain hammer
  • New Element 6 – Maintain back gauge
  • Performance Evidence redrafted
  • Knowledge Evidence expanded to include hammers, measuring equipment, back gauges
  • Assessment Conditions expanded to include hammers, measuring equipment, back gauges
Download final draft unit
FWPCOT3215 Swage and shape saw bladesMinor editsDownload final draft unit
FWPSAW3XXX Sharpen band saw blades
  • Updated unit title as suggested
  • Split Element 2 into 2 elements (E2 and E3)
  • Performance Evidence adjusted to require ‘one or more types of saw blades’ (narrow and wide)
    Added a new knowledge item:

    • Basic knowledge of physics of sawing including:
    • saw blade material and properties
    • impact of timber properties on saw blades
    • direction of cut
    • forces on a blade
    • heat removal
    • saw tooth configuration
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FWPSAW3209 Align sawing production systems
  • Reworded Application statement
  • Added a new Performance Criteria (1.6)
  • Improved Element 3
  • Added a new Element (4)
  • Added Knowledge Evidence to match Performance Criteria
  • Removed reference to canter rings
  • Updated Assessment Conditions to reflect changes
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FWPSAW3XXX Recondition saw guides
  • Updated unit title as suggested
  • Added a new Knowledge Evidence:
    • Basic knowledge of physics of sawing including:
    • saw blade material and properties
    • impact of timber properties on saw blades
    • direction of cut
    • forces on a blade
    • heat removal
  • Modified Element 2 from Machin guides to Recondition guides
  • Adjusted Performance Criteria 2.2, 2.3, 2.4 to reflect change
  • Deleted Performance Criteria 3.3 and modified 2.7 to accommodate deletion
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FWPSAW3XXX Sharpen tipped circular saw blades
  • Updated unit title as suggested
  • Split Element 2 in 2 elements
  • Added a new Knowledge Evidence:
    • Basic knowledge of physics of sawing including:
    • saw blade material and properties
    • impact of timber properties on saw blades
    • direction of cut
    • forces on a blade
    • heat removal
    • saw tooth configuration
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FWPSAW3214 Join band saw blades
  • Reworded application statement for clarity
  • Updated workplace health and safety requirements
  • Specified the types of band saw blades (wide and narrow) in Performance Evidence.
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FWPSAW3219 Replace stellite tips
  • Revised the Performance Criterial of Element 3
  • Clarified the type of operation in Performance Evidence
  • Added a new Knowledge Evidence:
    • Basic knowledge of physics of sawing including:
    • saw blade material and properties
    • impact of timber properties on saw blades
    • direction of cut
    • forces on a blade
    • heat removal
    • saw tooth configuration
  • Removed reference to gang saws in Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence
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FWPSAW3XXX Assess and maintain wide band saw blades
  • Updated title as suggested
  • Revised the Performance Criteria of Element 3
  • Added the definition of wide band saw (70 mm and over) to the Application statement
  • Added 2 items (dot point 4 and 5) in Performance Evidence
  • Added to Knowledge Evidence:
    • Basic knowledge of physics of sawing including:
    • saw blade material and properties
    • impact of timber properties on saw blades
    • direction of cut
    • forces on a blade
    • heat removal
    • saw tooth configuration
  • Removed reference to gang saws and heavy duty saws from unit
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FWPSAW3XXX Assess and maintain band saw wheels
  • Updated unit title as suggested
  • Revised workplace health and safety requirements
  • Removed reference to tasks which are no longer required in sawmills, i.e. ‘remove the bandwheel from the machine centre’
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Certificate III in Wood Machining Units
Unit code and titleProposed changesLink
FWPCOT2XXX Tail out timber product and waste material
  • Updated unit title as suggested
  • Terminology “materials” replaced with “timber product and waste materials”
  • Edited machines required under assessment conditions
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FWPCOT2XXX Operate and maintain a thicknesser
  • Updated unit title as suggested
  • Element 2 sequence modified
  • Minor edits
Download final draft unit
FWPCOT2212 Grade hardwood sawn and milled productsMinor editsDownload final draft unit
FWPCOT2213 Grade softwood sawn and milled productsMinor editsDownload final draft unit
FWPCOT2214 Grade cypress sawn and milled productsMinor editsDownload final draft unit
FWPCOT2215 Visually stress grade hardwoodReworded knowledge evidenceDownload final draft unit
FWPCOT2216 Visually stress grade softwoodReworded knowledge evidenceDownload final draft unit
FWPCOT2217 Visually stress grade cypressReworded knowledge evidenceDownload final draft unit
FWPSAW3XXX Set up and run multi-head moulder/planer to produce simple profilesOriginal unit FWPCOT3205 Dress boards using multi-headed machines has been replaced with 2 redrafted units of competency to break down the previous broad job function into defined skills.Download final draft unit
FWPSAW3XXX Set up and run multi-head moulder to produce complex profilesDownload final draft unit
FWPCOT3XXX Set up, operate and maintain finger jointing machines
  • Unit title updated as suggested
  • Element 1 name change
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FWPCOT3XXX Set up, operate and maintain end matching machines
  • Unit title updated as suggested
  • Element 1 name change from ‘Plan production parameters’ to ‘Prepare for end matching operations’
  • New Element 3 created ‘Monitor end matching operation’
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Common Units of Competency
Unit code and titleProposed changesLink
FWPCOT2XXX Operate and maintain a table sawUpdated unit title as suggested

Minor edits

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FWPCOT3XXX Hand sharpen knives and blades for commercial and domestic cutting services
  • Updated unit title as suggested
  • Reworded the Application statement for clarifying the types of sharpening machines and knives and blades (i.e. files and grinders to sharpen hand chainsaw, scissors, wood chisels, garden tools and other cutting tools for commercial and domestic services)
  • Added PC3.6
    • Added a new knowledge item as per feedback:
    • Basic knowledge of physics of sawing including:
    • saw blade material and properties
    • impact of timber properties on saw blades
    • direction of cut
    • forces on a blade
    • heat removal
    • saw tooth configuration
  • Edited the types of knives and blades Knowledge Evidence to reflect the unit application
Download final draft unit
FWPCOT3XXX Sharpen cutters using a straight knife grinderOriginal unit FWPCOT3210 Sharpen cutting tools has been replaced with 3 redrafted units of competency to break down the previous broad job function into defined skills. The 3 redrafted units cover different applications and methods for sharpening cutters (in cutter head or without cutter head), with each involving the use of distinct types of machines and complexities (profile knife grinder and straight knife grinder).Download final draft unit
FWPCOT3XXX Sharpen cutters in head using a profile knife grinderDownload final draft unit
FWPCOT3XXX Sharpen cutters in head using a straight knife grinderDownload final draft unit
FWPCOT3XXX Replace saw blades, knives and guides
  • Updated title
  • Minor edits
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FWPCOT3XXX Manufacture profile cutters
  • Updated unit title as suggested
  • Reworded E1
  • Added PC 3.2
  • Added a new knowledge item as per feedback:
  • Basic knowledge of physics of sawing including:
    • saw blade material and properties
    • impact of timber properties on saw blades
    • direction of cut
    • forces on a blade
    • heat removal
    • saw tooth configuration
Download final draft unit
FWPCOT3XXX Assess and maintain saw blade and sawing machine performance
  • Unit title updated as suggested
  • Reworded Application and Performance Evidence to clarify the types of sawing machines and cutting tools that are covered (i.e. sawing blades or knives and machines, including circular saws, band saws, chipper canters or reducers).
  • Removed reference to gang saw
  • Added ‘reducers’ to the list of sawing machines covered by the unit
  • Renamed Element 2 as Monitor and inspect sawing blades or knives and machine
  • Maintained the term ‘equipment’ only to denote ‘sawing in-feed and out-feed equipment’. Removed all other references to equipment.
  • Updated Performance Evidence, Knowledge Evidence and Assessment Conditions to indicate ‘one or more of the following machines and associated sawing blades and knives’
  • Inserted 2 Performance Criteria (2.3 and 2.5)
  • Added a new Knowledge Evidence (typical sawing problems, causes and solutions) to map with Performance Criteria 2.3 and 2.5
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FWPCOT3217 Assess and maintain cutter performance
  • Updated Application statement
  • Added a new Element (E1)
  • Removed Element 2
  • Reworded elements
  • Reworded Performance Criteria
  • Reworded Performance Evidence
  • Removed reference to routers, chippers and canters Inserted ‘assessed and diagnosed 3 different problems related to cutter and cutter blocks performance’ in Performance Evidence
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FWPCOT3XXX Sharpen and position blades or knives in chipper, canter and reducer
  • Updated unit title as suggested
  • Clarified machines and associated blades and knives covered in the unit: chipper, canter, reducer
  • Added Element 6 (Adjust set screws on blades and knives) by separating Element 5
  • Reworded Elements and Performance Criteria
  • Updated Performance Evidence, Knowledge Evidence and Assessment Conditions to indicate ‘one or more of the following machines and associated blades and knives’
  • Added a new Knowledge Evidence: Basic knowledge of physics of timber sawing including:
    • blade or knife material and properties
    • impact of timber properties on saw blades
    • direction of cut
    • forces on a blade
    • heat removal
Download final draft unit
FWPCOT3237 Produce templatesMinor editsDownload final draft unit
FWPCOT3XXX Apply knowledge of wood technology principles to end-use applications
  • Updated title
  • Minor edits
Download final draft unit
FWPSAW3XXX Sharpen circular saw blades
  • Updated unit title as suggested
  • Added a new Knowledge Evidence: Basic knowledge of physics of sawing including:
    • saw blade material and properties
    • impact of timber properties on saw blades
    • direction of cut
    • forces on a blade
    • heat removal
    • saw tooth configuration
  • Redrafted Performance Criteria 2.4 and 3.1 to clarify tasks
  • Inserted new Performance Criteria (3.1) Grind saw blade body before sharpening the tooth to maintain clearance
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FWPSAW3XXX File and set saw blades for hand saws and circular saws
  • Removed reference to gang saw and band saws
  • Updated unit title to reflect application
Download final draft unit
FWPSAW3XXX Level and tension circular saw blades
  • Reworded Knowledge Evidence item to read: Saw blade defects:
    • lumps, ridges, and twists
    • areas of excessive tension
    • areas of insufficient tension
    • compressive and tensile stresses
  • Modified Assessment Conditions – specifications – to read: “grading timber” replaced with ‘assessment of dimensional accuracy and surface quality of sawn timber products’
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FWPSAW3218 Replace tungsten tips
  • Added a new Knowledge Evidence: Basic knowledge of physics of sawing including:
    • saw blade material and properties
    • impact of timber properties on saw blades
    • direction of cut
    • forces on a blade
    • heat removal
    • saw tooth configuration
  • Removed reference to band saws and gang saws in Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence. Tungsten carbide tips are not applied to bandsaws in AU. Retained only circular saws.
  • Renamed Element 2 as Remove worn, damaged or broken tips
  • Reworded and deleted Performance Criteria from Element 3
  • Added a new performance evidence to match with performance criteria: assessed condition of tungsten tips in line with workplace procedures
  • Added to Knowledge Evidence: Methods for:
    • cleaning excess braze alloy and carbide fragments from tip seats
    • lengthening or deepening tip seats to match replacement tip requirements
    • selecting size and type of replacement tip
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FWPSAW3228 Apply principles of blade design to sawing procedures
  • Minor changes to terminology in list of ‘characteristics of blades and names of different parts’ in Knowledge Evidence
  • Tension rings listed in Knowledge Evidence list under heading ‘characteristics of blades and names and purpose of blade parts’.  This maps to Performance Criteria 2.2.
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Three existing units of competency are proposed for removal from Certificate III in Saw Technology as they are no longer relevant to the current job requirements.

FWPSAW3217 Hard face saw teethView unit
FWPSAW3221 Profile saw blanksView unit
FWPSAW3225 Maintain frame saw bladesView unit

 

Thirteen existing units of competency are proposed for removal from Certificate III in Wood Machining as these competencies are no longer relevant to the current sawmill environments.

Units Within the Project Scope

FWPCOT3265 Cut timber or engineered wood product to profileView unit
FWPSAW3210 File and set sawsView unit
FWPTMM2202 Machine materialView unit
FWPTMM3201 Convert timberView unit
FWPTMM3202 Manufacture using joinery machinesView unit
FWPCOT2224 Band edges of panelsView unit
FWPTMM3203 Estimate and cost job View unit

 

Units outside the project scope

FWPCOT2232 Cut material to shape using a saw View unit
FWPCOT3234 Cut material using CNC sizing machines View unit
FWPCOT3235 Machine material using CNC machining and processing centres View unit
FWPTMM4203 Install and commission CNC software View unit
FWPWPP2210 Cut panels to profile View unit

 

Unit from the Sawmill Timber and Process Optimisation Project

FWPSAW3226 Saw logs using CNC optimising systemsView unit

Four units of competency are proposed for being listed in FWP20316 Certificate II in Sawmilling and Processing to broaden accessibility for a school based pre-apprenticeship program for Wood Machinists and Saw Doctors (or Saw Technicians).

The draft units can be viewed via the links below or  click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group.

FWPCOT3XXX Hand sharpen knives and blades for commercial and domestic cutting servicesDownload final draft unit
FWPCOT3XXX Sharpen cutters using a straight knife grinderDownload final draft unit
FWPSAW3219 Replace stellite tipsDownload final draft unit
MEM05006C Perform brazing and/or silver soldering

(We are seeking your views about the suitability of this unit for FWP20316 Certificate II in Sawmilling and Processing. Skills Impact cannot make any physical changes to this unit as this is beyond our remit.)

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Eight units of competency including relevant prerequisites from the MEM Manufacturing and Engineering Training Package are proposed for being listed in the FWP40216 Certificate IV in Timber Processing to offer a career pathway to Saw Doctors (or Saw Technicians) through high-level skills in troubleshooting hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Note that all additional MEM prerequisite units have been listed on the Certificate III in Saw Technology.

Please note that Skills Impact cannot make any physical changes to these units as this is beyond our remit.

MEM18019B Maintain pneumatic systemsView unit
MEM18018C Maintain pneumatic system componentsView unit
MEM18021B Maintain hydraulic systemsView unit
MEM18020B Maintain hydraulic system componentsView unit
MEM18071B Connect/disconnect fluid conveying system componentsView unit
MEM18003 Use tools for precision workUnit not yet published
MEM18006 Perform precision fitting of engineering componentsView unit
MEM14006 Plan work activitiesUnit not yet published

 

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Finalisation

 

The timber processing industry is part of a sophisticated and integrated supply chain whose products are in strong demand from the Australian housing construction industry. Likewise, processed timber is a major material for high-value solid wood products such as flooring and furniture.

Technological advancements and market demands have had a significant impact on how jobs are performed in the sector, particularly for wood machinists and saw doctors (now proposed to be called ‘saw technicians’). As a result of this project, the timber industry will soon have access to revised qualifications in these areas, reflecting current practices, equipment and terminology.

The development and revision of the qualifications and units took 11 months and involved consultation with 40 Technical Advisory Committee members. As these are skills relevant across the sector, the project has taken place in conjunction with the Sawmill Timber and Process Optimisation Project. The final drafts of these qualifications and units have been approved by the Timber and Wood Processing Industry Reference Committee (IRC). This information has been captured in a Case for Endorsement which has been submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). Once endorsed by the AISC the new materials will be published on the training.gov.au website making them available for use by registered training organisations (RTOs). RTOs can find information to help them adopt to the new changes in the Companion Volume, which provides additional information about the impacts of regulation and licensing implications and workplace health and safety on their training.

 

 

 

Key changes

Revised Qualifications

Two qualifications that underpin the apprenticeship and traineeships programs in the timber processing sector have undergone major review. These qualifications provide competencies for wood machinists and saw doctors, two critical job roles in the sector. Over the years, these job roles have evolved in complexity, particularly in the large softwood sawmills. Changes to the qualifications include a new title for one qualification, new units added and others removed.

The qualifications are now:

  • FWP31019 Certificate III in Saw Technology
  • FWP31119 Certificate III in Wood Machining

In addition, two qualifications have been revised to include additional units of competency to facilitate pre-apprenticeships in sawmilling and processing (FWP20316 Certificate II in Sawmilling and Processing) and to include an additional imported unit (FWP40216 Certificate IV in Timber Processing).

New Units

Four new units of competency have been developed to support processes and advanced technology for levelling and tensioning saw blades, and efficient operation of production sawing machines in sawmills.

New Skill sets

Two new skill sets (non-endorsable components) have been developed to facilitate a career pathway towards higher level technical jobs through skills in troubleshooting hydraulic and pneumatic systems. They contain relevant units imported from the Manufacturing and Engineering Training Package.

Revised Units

Forty eight units have been revised to meet current skill needs and ensure compliance with the Standards for Training Packages 2012. Common changes across many of these units include updates to the workplace health and safety requirements and foundation skills, rewording of application statements to clarify the intent of the units, alignment of requirements in the performance criteria and performance evidence, and other minor edits.

Unit for deletion

One unit of competency, FWPSAW3225 Maintain frame saw blades, has been proposed for deletion from the FWP Forest and Wood Products Training Package, because feedback from stakeholders indicated that it is no longer relevant to current workplaces.

Summary of consultation

The qualifications, skill sets and units were drafted in consultation with more than 30 Subject Matter Experts across Australia. The broader industry was consulted on the draft documents at two different stages – the ‘Drafts Available’ and ‘Validation’ stages. Throughout this process feedback was collected a number of ways, via meetings, online on the feedback hub, email, telephone and online surveys.

A summary of feedback and how it has been considered and applied at each stage can be downloaded below.

Please find below copies of the final draft documents that were submitted to the AISC.

Click here to download the Case for Endorsement

Download all Qualifications as a zipped folder

FWP20316 Certificate II in Sawmilling and Processing
FWP31019 Certificate III in Saw Technology
FWP31119 Certificate III in Wood Machining
FWP40216 Certificate IV in Timber Processing

 

Download all new units as a zipped folder

FWPCOT3286 Identify levelling and tensioning requirements for saw blades
FWPCOT3287 Operate CNC equipment for grinding, tensioning and levelling saw blades
FWPSAW3241 Set up and operate production saws used in sawmill operations
FWPCOT3289 Load and prove operating program for computer numerical controlled (CNC) machine

 

Download all new skill sets as a zipped folder

FWPSS00039 Skill Set for Hydraulic Maintenance of Saw Technology
FWPSS00040 Skill Set for Pneumatic Maintenance of Saw Technology

 

Download all revised units as a zipped folder

Certificate III in Saw Technology Units
FWPCOT3279 Assess and maintain saw technology tools
FWPCOT3294 Swage and shape saw blades
FWPSAW3232 Sharpen band saw blades
FWPSAW3235 Recondition saw guides
FWPSAW3236 Sharpen tipped circular saw blades
FWPSAW3238 Replace stellite tips
FWPSAW3239 Assess and maintain wide band saw blades
 FWPSAW3240 Assess and maintain band saw wheels
FWPSAW3244 Align sawing production systems
FWPSAW3245 Join band saw blades

 

Certificate III in Wood Machining Units
FWPCOT2243 Tail out timber product and waste material
FWPCOT2244 Operate and maintain a thicknesser
FWPCOT2246 Appearance grade hardwood sawn and milled products
FWPCOT2247 Appearance grade softwood sawn and milled products
FWPCOT2248 Appearance grade cypress sawn and milled products
FWPCOT2249 Visually stress grade hardwood
FWPCOT2250 Visually stress grade softwood
FWPCOT2251 Visually stress grade cypress
FWPSAW3272 Set up and run multi-head moulder or planer to produce simple profiles
FWPSAW3273 Set up and run multi-head moulder to produce complex profiles
FWPCOT3275 Set up, operate and maintain end matching machines
FWPCOT3288 Set up, operate and maintain finger jointing machines

 

Common Units of Competency
FWPCOT2245 Operate and maintain a table saw
FWPCOT3271 Hand sharpen knives and blades for commercial and domestic cutting services
FWPCOT3276 Sharpen cutters using a straight knife grinder
FWPCOT3277 Sharpen cutters in head using a profile knife grinder
FWPCOT3278 Sharpen cutters in head using a straight knife grinder
FWPCOT3280 Replace saw blades, knives and guides
FWPCOT3281 Manufacture profile cutters
FWPCOT3282 Assess and maintain saw blade and sawing machine performance
FWPCOT3282 Sharpen and position blades or knives in chipper, canter and reducer
FWPCOT3285 Apply knowledge of wood technology principles to end-use applications
FWPCOT3295 Assess and maintain cutter performance
FWPCOT3298 Produce templates
FWPSAW3233 Sharpen circular saw blades
FWPSAW3234 File and set saw blades for hand saws and circular saws
FWPSAW3237 Level and tension circular saw blades
FWPSAW3247 Replace tungsten tips
FWPSAW3251 Apply principles of blade design to sawing procedures

 

FWPSAW3225 Maintain frame saw blades, has been proposed for deletion from the FWP Forest and Wood Products Training Package, because feedback from stakeholders indicated that it is no longer relevant to current workplaces.

 

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