Unit of competency details

FPISAW3221B - Profile saw blanks (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to FPISAW3221A - Profile saw blanksUnit updated and equivalent 19/May/2011
Is superseded by and equivalent to FWPSAW3221 - Profile saw blanks 12/May/2016

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 20/May/2011


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030715 Precision Metalworking  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030715 Precision Metalworking  07/Oct/2011 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit describes the outcomes required to calculate blade lengths, and to produce tooth profiles to enterprise orders and specifications

General workplace legislative and regulatory requirements apply to this unit; however there are no specific licensing or certification requirements at the time of publication

This unit replaces FPISAW3221A Profile saw blanks

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

The unit involves profiling saw blanks 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

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Refer to Unit Descriptor


Prerequisite units 

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare for profiling

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

1.2. Work order  is reviewed and checked with appropriate personnel 

1.3. Band , wide band and gang saws  to be profiled  are calculated for production

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

1.5. Profiling process is planned in line with site procedures and environmental requirements

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

2. Profile blanks

2.1. Key dimensions  of saw are calculated

2.2. Calculated length of blank  is obtained or cut from ribbon stock 

2.3. Press  is set up with punches  to suit saw dimensions

2.4. First tooth is punched in blank to provide alignment for other teeth

2.5. Remaining teeth are punched to required pitch  and tooth profile 

2.6. Performance  of profiling equipment is assessed for required changes

2.7. Saw blanks damaged during the process that cannot be repaired are disposed of  in line with site procedures and environmental requirements

2.8. Profiling process and equipment faults are investigated, recorded and reported  in line with site requirements

Required Skills and Knowledge


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; efficiently and safely profile saw blanks
  • Communication skills and interpersonal techniques sufficient to interact appropriately with colleagues and others in the workplace
  • Literacy skills sufficient to accurately record and report workplace information, and maintain documentation
  • Numeracy skills sufficient to estimate, measure and calculate time required to complete a task
  • Problem solving skills sufficient to 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 profiling saw blanks
  • Environmental protection requirements, including the safe disposal of waste material, minimising carbon emissions and the cleaning of plant, tools and equipment
  • Organisational and site standards, requirements, policies and procedures for profiling saw blanks
  • Environmental risks and hazards
  • Characteristics of metal and saws
  • Profiling methods
  • Teeth pressing and punching methods
  • Saw condition assessment
  • 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 Guide


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 profile saw blanks 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 profiling saw blanks
  • following organisational policies and procedures relevant to profiling saw blanks
  • profiling saw blanks in line with the work order and within prescribed organisational requirements
  • operating profiling equipment
  • setting up punch and die sets or other equipment used for profiling saw teeth

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
  • machine isolation and guarding

Environmental requirements  may include:

  • legislation
  • 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
  • OHS
  • the environment
  • equal opportunity
  • anti-discrimination
  • relevant industry codes of practice
  • duty of care

Organisational requirements  may include:

  • legal
  • 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 profiling band, wide band and gang saw blanks in designated equipment

and may also include:

  • instructions for the environmental monitoring of work and procedures
  • environmental care requirements relevant to the work

Appropriate personnel  may include:

  • supervisors
  • suppliers
  • clients
  • colleagues
  • managers

Band , wide band and gang saws  are to include:

  • large heavy duty saws used widely in the Forestry Industry


is the process of making band, wide band and gang saw blanks in preparation for joining or welding

Equipment  may include:

  • power fly presses
  • punch systems

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

Key dimensions  are to include:

  • blade width
  • length
  • pitch
  • gullet depth
  • hook and back clearance angles
  • number of teeth
  • manufacturer's specifications
  • existing saw and site documentation
  • data of timber processing requirements
  • sawmill processes

Blanks  are to include:

  • new blades ready for use after calculation of length, geometry and pressing

Ribbon stock 

is the role of blade material, straight on both edges awaiting cutting to length and pressing


is the equipment which provides weight and cutting power to achieve the saw blade profile


are housed in the press and provide the cutting pattern for the profile of the saw blade and teeth

Pitch  is to include:

is the distance between tips of the teeth

Tooth profile  is to include:

is the shape of the teeth in line with the material being cut


  • is how effectively the profiling equipment is able to produce tooth profiles that meet manufacturing tolerances, specifications and timeframes

and is to include:

  • edge finish
  • wear rates
  • production rates
  • distortion

Disposing of  may include:

  • recycling saw blanks damaged during the process and cannot be repaired
  • re-using saw blanks damaged during the process and cannot be repaired

Records and reports  may include:

  • profiling of band, wide band and gang saw blanks
  • inspection
  • storage locations
  • quality outcomes
  • hazards
  • incidents
  • equipment malfunctions

and may be:

  • manual
  • using a computer-based system or other appropriate organisational communication system

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

No sector assigned

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units 

Competency field

Competency field 

Sawmilling and Processing