Operate a portable sawmill

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver FPISAW3229B, 'Operate a portable sawmill'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare for sawing

1.1. Applicable Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), environmental, legislative and organisational requirements relevant to operating a portable sawmill are identified and followed

1.2. Work order is reviewed and checked with appropriate personnel

1.3. Type and quantity of logs to be sawn is selected from the location

1.4. Equipment is selected appropriate to work requirements and checked for operational effectiveness in line with manufacturer's recommendations

1.5. Sawing process is planned to optimise volume and quality of recovery

1.6. Communication with others is established and maintained in line with OHS requirements

2. Break down logs

2.1. Pre start-up checks are carried out on equipment in line with site requirements

2.2. Logs to be sawn are positioned with cant hooks, winches or log rollers and stabilised with chock logs or pre-notched runners in line with site procedures

2.3. Sawn board dimensions are obtained from customer orders or work order

2.4. Number of boards and sequence of cuts from an individual log are estimated taking into account log characteristics

2.5. Saw, carriage and mill are adjusted to suit dimensions of boards to be cut

2.6. Saw is operated to saw logs while controlling sawn edges

2.7. Defects in logs, reject boards and off-cuts are directed to waste or sawn recovery

2.8. Portable sawmilling process and equipment faults are recorded and reported to the appropriate personnel

3. Conduct operator maintenance

3.1. Equipment lock-out procedures are followed in line with OHS legislation and site procedures

3.2. Saw and saw blades are checked for blunt or damaged condition in line with site procedures

3.3. Blunt or damaged saws and saw blades are identified and dealt with in line with site procedures and manufacturer's recommendations and environmental requirements

3.4. Machine area is kept clear of dust and debris in line with OHS and site requirements

Qualifications and Skillsets

FPISAW3229B appears in the following qualifications:

  • FPI30305 - Certificate III in Sawmilling and Processing