Cut panels

This unit describes the outcomes required to prepare and cut panels to size with a power driven saw. The unit includes operator maintenanceGeneral 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 FPIWPP2201A Cut panels


The unit involves cutting panels 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

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare for cutting

1.1. Applicable Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), environmental, legislative and organisational requirements relevant to cutting panels are identified and followed

1.2. Work order is reviewed and checked with appropriatepersonnel

1.3. Type and quantity of material to be cut is acquired from the storage location

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

1.5. Material cutting patternsand saw set-up sequences are planned in line with site procedures

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

2. Cut material to size or angle

2.1. Material is marked and stops set in preparation for cutting

2.2. Cutting sequence and patterns are followed to produce the required quantity

2.3. Cuts are checked for length or angle within a set tolerance

2.4. Material with defects, incorrect cuts and off-cuts are disposed of in line with site procedures and environmental requirements

2.5. Processing and equipment faults are reported to the appropriate personnel

2.6. Material is safely stacked in a designated location in line with work order requirements

3. Conduct operator maintenance

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

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

3.3. Saw blades are removed and replaced in line with manufacturer's recommendations

3.4. Saw area is kept clear of dust, off-cuts and debris in line with OHS 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; accurately check cuts for correct length or angle; safely stack material

Communication skills and interpersonal techniques sufficient to interact appropriately with colleagues and others in the workplace

Literacy skills sufficient to accurately locate, record and report information

Numeracy skills sufficient to estimate, measure and calculate time required to complete a task; calculate length and angles including basic addition and subtraction

Problem solving skills sufficient to review and accurately identify work requirements; identify problems and equipment faults and 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 cutting panels

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 cutting panels

Characteristics of timber panels and timber panel defects

Cutting patterns and sequences

Saw blade condition assessment

Storage systems and labelling

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 cut panels to size and angle within organisational requirements

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 cutting panels

following organisational policies and procedures relevant to cutting panels

cutting panels to size and angle in line with the work order and within prescribed organisational tolerances

conducting operator maintenance on a panel saw with carriage

stacking batches of cut material in line with organisational requirements and OHS regulations

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 and maintenance and storage requirements

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

Work order is to include:

instructions for the cutting and despatch of timber panel products from the work site

and may include:







instructions for the environmental monitoring of work and procedures

environmental care requirements relevant to the work

Appropriate personnel may include:






Material may include:

medium density fibreboard

laminated veneer




continuous ply

other manufactured board products

Storage locations may include:

the use of:

storage racks

storage bays



pallet boxes

modularised storage components

temporary stacking bays (stand, frame or ground)

and may be divided into:

standard product classification

product designation



stack number



shelf life

stock rotation position

Equipment may include:

measuring equipment

power operated

manually controlled docking and trimming saws with carriages where the cutting angle is controlled relative to the board guides and clamps

saws with adjustable angle

saws with one or multiple blades


panel saws

table saws

bench saws

and is to include

procedures for saw lock-out, ie protecting operators and co-workers from accidental injury by isolating the machine from the power source

Cutting patterns and saw set-up sequences are to include:

single straight cuts and angles requiring one cutting pass set for multiple cuts of the same size

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

body language


is a set limit for cutting over or under the required length within a set margin of acceptance usually + or - 0.5mm or in line with order or organisational requirements

Defects may include:

panel warp


cupping and veneer or plywood defects including:


insect defects


resin pockets

Disposed of may include:

recycling timber with defects, incorrect cuts and off-cuts

re-using timber with defects, incorrect cuts and off-cuts

Stacking may include:

preparing for transport

categorising in common size, thickness, length and angle

marking lots in line with work order and site requirements

locating timber so as not to block access or passage


Unit sector

No sector assigned

Competency Field

Wood Panel Products

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills

Licensing Information

Refer to Unit Descriptor