Saw Filer

Saw Filers are analytical tradespeople who work on the complex machinery that shapes our lumber industry. They’re masters in quality control, approaching every task with safety in mind. 

As a Saw Filer, you’ll be in your element while you carefully and methodically work through the various processes to sharpen, fix and maintain saws.  

You’re very systematic, using a hands-on approach that follows strict safety guidelines and steps. You’re also resourceful, able to apply saw filing techniques in a range of situations, knowing that your mechanical approach will ensure success.

What You'll Learn

  • How to measure tools, apply formulas and calculate strain 
  • How to use saw filing tools, align teeth, use shapers, and identify problems  
  • How to use band, circular, gang and chain saws 
  • How to use grinding wheels and knives 
  • How to weld saws, inspect and repair chains 

Key Job Skills

  • Safe work practices 
  • Math 
  • Saw filing equipment and tools 
  • Saw basics 
  • Quality control  

Technical Training

To get certified, you will need to sign up for technical training at an approved training provider in addition to on-the-job training. 

Visit Trades Training BC and EducationPlannerBC for a comprehensive list of what programs are available in your trade at public and non-public schools. 

For a list of all approved non-public training providers, visit this page.

Technical Training 10 weeks over 2 years
Work-Based Training
4200 HOURS
Salary Range Hourly
$19.23 — $45.00

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Challenge the


If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification. Learn more about How to Challenge a Skilled Trade.


If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.