Saw Filer

Endorsement: Benchperson

Benchpersons are responsible for setting up and maintaining the various types of band saws that cut and shape wood. They are comfortable working with their hands, and systematic. 

As a Benchperson, you’ll be a highly analytical expert who uses a hands-on approach to maintain the required cutting standard for band saws.  

In this unique role, you’ll draw on your organized and mechanical nature to carefully inspect band saws to ensure they are level, straight and properly tensioned. You’ll maintain and align machine centres to ensure they operate properly.  

What You'll Learn

  • How to measure tools, apply formulas and calculate strain 
  • How to maintain cooling and hydraulic systems  
  • How to level and tension band saws 
  • How to set up and maintain band saw benches 
  • How to align and maintain band mills 

Key Job Skills

  • Safe work practices 
  • Math 
  • Saw basics 
  • Band saw benches, tensioning and levelling 
  • 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. 

Technical Training 4 weeks over 1 year
Work-Based Training
1680 HOURS
Salary Range Hourly
$19.23 — $45.00

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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.