Resaw boards and timber

This unit describes the outcomes required to plan and produce boards by resawing larger boards. This unit includes adjusting and maintaining sawing equipmentGeneral workplace legislative and regulatory requirements apply to this unit; however there are no specific licensing or certification requirements at the time of publicationThis unit replaces FPICOT2208A Resaw boards and timber


The unit involves resawing boards and timber in a forest products factory setting

The skills and knowledge required for competent workplace performance are to be used within the scope of the person's job and authority


Not Applicable

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare for operation

1.1. Applicable occupational health and safety (OHS), environmental, legislative and organisational requirements relevant to resawing boards and timber are identified and followed

1.2. Work order is reviewed and clarified with appropriate personnel

1.3. Machinery and equipment are selected appropriate to work requirements and checked for operational effectiveness in line with manufacturer recommendations

1.4. Machinery is adjusted to suit size and type of boards/timber to be processed in line with work order instructions

1.5. Pre-operational checks and lock-out procedures are conducted in line with manufacturer recommendations

1.6. Required sawn board sizes and quantities and available material for sawing are identified from work order, schedules and site procedures

1.7. Sequence of cuts is planned where multiple cuts are required

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

2. Produce boards

2.1. Boards and timber are sawn in line with work order, and environmental and OHS requirements

2.2. Boards and timber are sawn using appropriate equipment in line with manufacturer recommendations, and OHS and site requirements

2.3. Saws, carriage and feeds are adjusted to suit dimensions and cutting sequence selected

2.4. Product quality, finish and material flow are maximised through cutting processes in line with OHS requirements, work order and site procedures

2.5. Work area is regularly cleared in line with site standards, and environmental and OHS requirements

2.6. Problems are identified and resolved in line with site procedures

2.7. Damaged sawn material is disposed of in line with site procedures and environmental requirements

2.8. Sawn material is tallied and monitored against work order

3. Maintain sawing conditions

3.1. Sawing conditions are regularly assessed and adjusted to optimise feed rate and finish in line with OHS requirements, site standards and procedures

3.2. Sawing feed rates and finish are evaluated to determine board size, timber species and condition in line with site procedures

3.3. Cross section dimensions of sawn boards are regularly monitored against standard sizes and tolerances, and sawing process is adjusted as required

3.4. Routine sawing and equipment faults are recognised and resolved or reported in line with site procedures

3.5. Equipment is maintained in line with OHS requirements, site procedures, manufacturer recommendations and environmental requirements

3.6. Blunt cutters or saw blades are dealt with in line with site procedures, manufacturer recommendations and environmental requirements

3.7. Equipment lock-out procedures are applied in line with OHS requirements and site procedures

3.8. Production and quality records and reports are processed in line with site procedures and organisational requirements

Required Skills

This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level required for this unit.

Required skills

Technical skills sufficient to use and maintain relevant tools, machinery and equipment, including to carry out lock-out procedures; safely saw boards and timber at optimum rate and finish

Communication skills and interpersonal techniques sufficient to interact appropriately with colleagues and others in the workplace; locate, record and report information

Literacy skills sufficient to follow legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices and procedures for resawing boards and timber

Numeracy skills sufficient to apply mathematical processes to measure sawn dimensions with accuracy appropriate to tolerances; estimate, measure and calculate time required to complete a task

Problem solving skills sufficient to review and identify work requirements; identify problems and equipment faults; demonstrate appropriate response procedures

Required knowledge

Applicable commonwealth, state or territory legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices relevant to the full range of processes for resawing boards and timber

Environmental protection requirements, including the safe disposal of waste material and the cleaning of plant, tools and equipment

Organisational and site standards, requirements, policies and procedures for resawing boards and timber

Environmental risks and hazards

Criteria for recycling and re-using damaged sawn material

Industry standard cross section and length dimensions and tolerances

Typical cutting patterns

Established communication channels and protocols

Problem identification and resolution strategies, and common fault finding techniques

Types of tools and equipment, and procedures for their safe use, operation and maintenance

Appropriate mathematical procedures for estimating and measuring, including calculating time to complete tasks

Procedures for recording and reporting workplace information

Evidence Required

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence that they can safely and efficiently:

resaw boards and timber

maintain sawing conditions and equipment according to organisational guidelines

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

The evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit must be relevant to, and satisfy, all of the requirements of the elements of this unit and include demonstration of:

following applicable commonwealth, state or territory legislative and regulatory requirements and codes of practice relevant to resawing boards and timber

following organisational policies and procedures relevant to resawing boards and timber

communicating and working safely with others in the work area

preparing for, monitoring and maintaining sawing processes and conditions to produce boards at an appropriate finish and volume

operating and maintaining equipment to suit required dimensions, cutting sequence, feed rates and finish

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Competency is to be assessed in the workplace or realistically simulated workplace

Assessment is to occur under standard and authorised work practices, safety requirements and environmental constraints

Assessment of required knowledge, other than confirmatory questions, will usually be conducted in an off-site context

Assessment is to follow relevant regulatory or Australian Standards requirements

The following resources should be made available:

workplace location or simulated workplace

materials and equipment relevant to undertaking work applicable to this unit

specifications and work instructions

Method of assessment

Assessment must satisfy the endorsed Assessment Guidelines of the FPI11 Training Package

Assessment methods must confirm consistency and accuracy of performance (over time and in a range of workplace relevant contexts) together with application of required knowledge

Assessment must be by direct observation of tasks, with questioning on required knowledge and it must also reinforce the integration of employability skills

Assessment methods must confirm the ability to access and correctly interpret and apply the required knowledge

Assessment may be applied under project-related conditions (real or simulated) and require evidence of process

Assessment must confirm a reasonable inference that competency is able not only to be satisfied under the particular circumstance, but is able to be transferred to other circumstances

Assessment may be in conjunction with assessment of other units of competency

The assessment environment should not disadvantage the candidate

Assessment practices should take into account any relevant language or cultural issues related to Aboriginality, gender or language backgrounds other than English

Where the participant has a disability, reasonable adjustment may be applied during assessment

Language and literacy demands of the assessment task should not be higher than those of the work role

Range Statement

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

OHS requirements:

are to be in line with applicable commonwealth, state or territory legislation and regulations, and organisational safety policies and procedures, and may include:

personal protective equipment and clothing

safety equipment

first aid equipment

fire fighting equipment

hazard and risk control

fatigue management

elimination of hazardous materials and substances

safe forest practices, including required actions relating to forest fire

manual handling including shifting, lifting and carrying

Environmental requirements may include:


organisational policies and procedures

workplace practices

Legislative requirements:

are to be in line with applicable commonwealth, state or territory legislation, regulations, certification requirements and codes of practice and may include:

award and enterprise agreements

industrial relations

Australian Standards

confidentiality and privacy


the environment

equal opportunity


relevant industry codes of practice

duty of care

Organisational requirements may include:


organisational and site guidelines

policies and procedures relating to own role and responsibility

quality assurance

procedural manuals

quality and continuous improvement processes and standards

OHS, emergency and evacuation procedures

ethical standards

recording and reporting requirements

equipment use, maintenance and storage requirements

environmental management requirements (waste minimisation and disposal, recycling and re-use guidelines)

Boards may be produced by:

resawing larger boards, for example, recovering boards from one edge at each pass

splitting a larger board into two or more sections

Timber may be:


manufactured by lamination of boards or veneers

Work order is to include:

details of material to be resawn

special client requirements

production timelines

instructions for the environmental monitoring of work and procedures

environmental care requirements relevant to the work

Appropriate personnel may include:




line management

Equipment may include:

simple saw benches necessitating significant manual handling, to more complex handling arrangements using conveyor systems to transfer and position material

circular or band saws

single or multiple saws

Communication may include:

verbal and non-verbal language

constructive feedback

active listening

questioning to clarify and confirm understanding

use of positive, confident and cooperative language

use of language and concepts appropriate to individual social and cultural differences

control of tone of voice

Cutting processes involve:

adjusting saws, carriage and feeds to suit dimensions and cutting sequence selected

Regularly clearing work area may include:

area around equipment and conveyors

clearing timber scraps around equipment and conveyors

regularly monitoring conveyors for material flow problems

Problems may relate to:

equipment faults and malfunctions

quality of product and machine settings

transfer and flow of material

routine sawing problems

feed rate and product finish

infeed and outfeed systems

damage to sawn board

damage to saw blade

timber positioning

Disposing of may include:

recycling damaged sawn material

re-using damaged sawn material

redirecting damaged sawn material for energy recovery

Faults may include:

blunt or damaged saw blade

problems with the carriage or feeds

inadequate supply of materials

disruption to continuity of flow

sub-optimal production rate and finish

Maintenance may include:

cleaning the machine of wood chips and sawdust

replacing blunt cutters or saw blades

inspecting machine parts for wear or damage (including guards)

greasing and lubricating moving parts

checking the operation of emergency stop buttons and lock-out systems

Dealing with may include:

repairing or sending for repair blunt cutters or saw blades

recycling blunt cutters or saw blades that cannot be repaired

sending blunt cutters or saw blades that cannot be repaired to landfill

Records and reports may include:

tally sheets

quality sheets and forms

production sheets and downtime sheets

and may relate to:

production details

maintenance details

breakdowns or equipment faults

computer problems

interruptions to production

and may be:


computer-based system

other appropriate organisational communication system


Not Applicable

Competency Field

Common Technical

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills

Licensing Information

Refer to Unit Descriptor