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Buy and Sell / Armstrong Circle Saw Leveler
« Last post by John Hebert on August 26, 2019, 12:55:48 PM »
Armstrong Circle Saw Leveler

  Purchased in July/99
 Upgraded Numatic Cylinders to Servos in Nov/2006
  Currently setup to level: 15-3/4" dia x .080 pl
                                          21-3/4" dia x .090 pl

               Ser#: 204836
               Voltage 120 VAC
               "Touch screen" Panel view (Controls)

   Comes with:  Calibration Tool Kit
                       Dual Dial setup tool for "Carbides"
                       Clark Hardness Tester "Model "CPT"; Tests: Rockwell, Brinell & Vickers scales
                       2 Manuals (with complete service & calibration records)
                       2 Saw Centers; 1- 6" & 1- 8"
                       1 spare Prox / saw sensor & other misc parts
             Asking $5000.00
 

                   
Form more information & pictures contact
    John Hebert / Gorman Bros Lumber
       Office: 250-768-6231
           Cel: 250-870-1960
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General Discussion / Job Posting
« Last post by WDUpton on March 27, 2019, 12:02:40 PM »
New Job opportunity
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General Discussion / Wanted - Head Sawfiler, Western Forest Products
« Last post by Bigdog833 on February 15, 2019, 01:11:38 PM »
 
Head Sawfiler
Permanent-FT-Salaried
Nanaimo, BC, CA
Reporting to the Maintenance Superintendent, the incumbent is responsible for the safe and efficient execution of the Filing Departments and personnel at our Saltair sawmill in Ladysmith, B.C.


You are a highly motivated individual who recognizes the value of a team-oriented approach in the performance of this challenging position. You bring to the job an exceptional safety record and a willingness to work with Western Forest Products in reaching its safety, environmental and production objectives. You foster and promote the values of continuous improvement within your Filing teams.


Key Accountabilities


As a holder of an interprovincial Benchman TQ in the filing trade and with a strong working knowledge of sawmills and their processes and a minimum 5 years’ experience in a unionized environment, key duties include but are not limited to the following:


• Foster a safety culture in the Filing departments that fits with Western’s Safety Targets and Goals. (Applicable knowledge of occupational health & safety regulations and an exceptional personal safety record history).
• Encourage a dynamic Filing Team that is driven to improving saw performance and machine uptime, both internally as well as involving outside sources.
• Actively engage with other trades to increase machine performance and creatively resolving on-going issues.
• Provide expertise and guidance in the identification, analysis and resolution of problems.
• Develop sustainable work relationships to ensure positive resolutions with all contacts.
• Organizational and time management skills to develop complex schedules and estimate engineering/design work-hours for all tasks.
• Mediation, negotiation and contractor management skills will be instrumental in successful daily applications.
• Strong communication skills and an ability to interpret and implement Company policies and procedures.
• Sound judgment and a demonstrated ability to exercise necessary cost control measures.
• Strong background in machine center alignment.


Amongst your peers and those who report to you, you are considered to be a good leader with excellent communication skills. Additionally, you are focused on safely increasing saw reliability and improving machine performance to increase uptime at the lowest possible cost. Well-developed computer skills are considered an asset for this position. Western Forest is an industry leader with the implementation of new technologies and equipment within our Filing rooms at our Saltair division.

Apply to Western Forest Products here https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?lang=en_CA&cid=a9b500ea-3c42-4930-89b7-fa3c6fe89127&ccId=19000101_000001&selectedMenuKey=CareerCenter
 
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General Discussion / Weyerhaeuser Job Opportunity
« Last post by SerLac on January 24, 2019, 11:57:48 AM »
Looking for a saw filer in Drayton Valley AB.  Monday to Thursday. 12 hour shifts.  Week of days and a week of nights. 
For more info contact Serge Lacoste
serge.lacoste@weyerhaeuser.com
780-542-8049
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Buy and Sell / band saws
« Last post by WDUpton on March 22, 2018, 09:25:21 AM »
I have two saws that I need to find a home for. They are 42'8" x 11" x 0.083" with 2.25" toothspacing and slivertooth backs. From Wheaton Industrial Saws made from Uddeholm steel, one has been benched in to a 45' and fitted, we have not touched the other. Discovered they were a foot too short when we tried to put the first one on the rig.
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General Discussion / Canfor Job Opportunities
« Last post by Bigdog833 on September 11, 2017, 12:49:23 PM »
Who We Are:

Canfor is one of the world’s largest and most respected integrated forest products companies. For more than 75 years, we have been delivering top-quality lumber, pulp and paper products to our valued customers worldwide. With operations in Western Canada and the Southern United States, and sales offices around the world, you can find Canfor products in every corner of the globe.

 We are leaders in sustainable forest management and in converting wood residuals into green energy.

As we continue to grow our company and our markets, find out how you can grow your career with us.

The Opportunity:

Canfor is currently seeking Certified Sawfilers to join our team with our Polar (Prince George) and Chetwynd Sawmills. Responsible for the safe maintenance and repair of all sawfiling equipment. You will apply your skills to maximize uptime, quality and production.

 Compensation and benefits based on the Local Collective Agreement are offered, together with a safe, high quality work environment.

 Required Skills:

Certified Journeyman – Sawfiler or Benchman

Strong interpersonal and communication skills

Ability to work in a safe and efficient manner

Ability to work independently and in a team environment

Solid background in heavy industry and construction

Knowledge of the lumber manufacturing process is an asset


Hiring for this position is ongoing and will be filled as required. To be considered for this position, please apply today at www.Canfor.com/careers



There has never been a better time to join the Canfor team and become part of the modern forest industry. We have a wide range of rewarding careers in some of the best communities in North America, with plenty of room for advancement. Our mills are modern, high-tech and safe; and our marketing and sales activities are world-class. We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages, and are committed to the professional development of our employees.



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General Discussion / MacKenzie Sawmill Ltd. seeking Sawfiler
« Last post by John Hebert on July 18, 2017, 12:49:05 PM »


MacKenzie Sawmill Ltd. is seeking a permanent Full-Time Saw Filer.  In operation for 40 years plus, MacKenzie’s wood products are sold both domestically and internationally.  Newly improved and centrally located on the Fraser River in Surrey BC, MacKenzie has the potential for its team members to prosper in their careers.

Job Description
   The role of a Saw Filer at MacKenzie entails recognizing problems with various saws in the Sawmill and having them fixed in an efficient manner.  Working in a demanding, high paced production environment, Saw Filers are responsible for providing the safe operation of saw sharpening equipment, benching, and tensioning circular saws.  A Saw Filer’s role is crucial in the efficient production of a sawmill.

The ideal candidate will possess the following attributes:
•   Required education includes having a recognized trades Benchman certification with a minimum of 5 years of experience in the lumber manufacturing industry.
•   Must be proficient in benching and maintaining saws in a high paced production environment.
•   Commitment to maintain a safe work environment without compromise.
•   Recognize problems and have them corrected immediately.
•   Understand the importance of teamwork and have a positive impact on the team.
•   Open-minded, responsive to changes and improvements.
•   Able to communicate effectively with your team and other departments.
•   Responsible for the quality and timeliness of work.

Competitive compensation offered with extended medical

How to Apply

MacKenzie Sawmill Ltd.
11732 130th St. Surrey, BC
V3R 2Y3 Canada
Fax:    (604) 580-4550
Email:   hr@mackenziesawmill.com

Interested prospects can send their resume via email, post, or fax to our office at the above contact information.


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General Discussion / Saw Trades Update May 2017
« Last post by John Hebert on May 09, 2017, 01:29:07 PM »
  Saw Trades Update May 2017

  The annual BC Sawfilers Convention was held on April 28 & 29 at the Coast Conference in Kamloops BC. It was very well attended by 170 Sawfilers & other sawmill support staff; with vendors included we had almost 300 attending the conference over the weekend. The Hotel hosted a sold out catered banquet Friday evening. With 220 in attendance, we were entertained by comedian Brian Stollery. Fridays trade show had 36 companies displaying their products and services available to our industry.

  Great news with much anticipated Bench course scheduled for late 2017 and another tentatively planned for the spring of 2018… see course dates below. Greg Daykin / TRU Saw Trades Instructor has developed the course curriculum & daily lesson plans for all 3 levels of the Trade. Even though space is very limited in the shop, more instructional materials are always needed and greatly appreciated. Greg is asking filers for various “videos” on specific tasks performed by Sawfilers such as; heatline bandsaws, lineups, cross lining band mills, band mill wheel grinds. Anything “industry” can do to help will only strengthen the program and provide better Journeymen for the filing room. Greg who wants to retire but has thankfully stayed on to follow the Bench level through to iron out any kinks in the program.
  Baldev Pooni / Dean of Trades @ TRU spoke on the curriculum and the needs of the saw trades program. TRU is still in the hunt for a Saw Trades Instructor; if interested, contact Baldev for more information & requirements; see contact information below.
  Brian Shale – Maintenance Leader for Tolko Industries was a keynote speaker at the convention.   He reported that BC & Alberta have a combined total of more than 60 sawmills employing more than 400 saw filers. In the next 5 years, at least 100 of those filers will be retiring. It goes without saying how important it is that we continue to support our Trade school and continue to grow the saw trades program in BC.


Materials / Equipment needed for TRU Sawfilers Trade School:
-    220 Tig Welder
-   24” – 48” Pi Tape
-   Swages & Shapers, & consumables (saws, carbide, Diamond & bandsaw grinding wheels) Call Greg directly for specific requirements

        …check your boneyards for equipment no longer used or needed!  (TRU will issue a tax receipt for donated equipment.)





The following is a breakdown of all classes; that have taken place @ the Sawfilers Trade School / TRU Williams Lake campus to date.

YEAR   APPR #s LEVEL 1   APPR #s LEVEL 2   APPR #s (Bench Level)
2013                    15                             9   
2014                    13                          16   
2015                    16                          15   
2016                    26                           27   
2017                    16                          15 (May)                    16 (June)
                            16 (Sept)              16 (Oct)         
TOTAL                    86                           67   

BOLD font indicates upcoming scheduled classes (taken from the Trades Training BC website). The upcoming class numbers in bold are not included in the overall total for each level.



2017 Scheduled Sawfiler Couse dates @ TRU Williams Lake BC:
 Level 1:  March 27, 2017 – May 5, 2017
 Level 2:   May 8, 2017 – June 2, 2017
Benchperson: June 5, 2017 – June 30, 2017
 Level 1:    September 11, 2017 – October 20, 2017
 Level 2:   October 23, 2017 – November 17, 2017
Benchperson: (Spring of 2018 Tentative)


                                                Links


ITA’s (Industry Training Authority) website – www.itabc.ca
ITA Apprenticeship Advisors (AAs) – Located throughout BC, the AA’s can provide guidance and support to apprentices and employer sponsors: http://www.itabc.ca/our-trades-training-system/apprenticeship-advisors
•   Program Outline – Provides guidelines for the delivery of technical training.
•   Program Profile – Describes the certification requirements for apprentices and challengers.
•   Exam Weighting Chart – Shows the approximate percentage of weighting per General Area of Competency (GAC).
•   Saw Filer webpage – Saw Filer | ITA BC
•   Benchperson webpage – Saw Filer Endorsement: Benchperson | ITA BC
•   Trades Training BC - Saw Filer - Apprenticeship Schedules
•   ITA Customer Service Toll Free: 866-660-6011


Queen’s Printer – Saw Filer Manuals are available for purchase at:
•   Web – www.crownpub.bc.ca
•   Email – crownpub@gov.bc.ca


TRU (Thompson River University)  http://www.tru.ca/williamslake/programs/trades.html
BC Saw Filer’s Association –   http://www.bcsawfilers.com/



  If Apprentices wish to challenge an exam, Supervisor / Headfiler have any questions about the school or need help with Apprentice enrolment; don’t hesitate to call the appropriate person on the provided contact list. On Apprenticeship related questions, first contact ITA’s Customer Service or the Regional Apprenticeship Advisor that covers the area of the Province that you work.

  Please forward / share / print copies & post in your filing room, for any that may be interested. This newsletter will also be posted on the BC Sawfilers Association website in the “Discussion Forum”. If you would like to see something included in these Newsletters send me an email.
            If you wish to be removed from these updates, please let me know.




Cheers…
 
John Hebert
Headfiler
Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd.
Phone: 250-768-6231
Cell:      250-870-1960


        List of Contacts

ITA
ITA Customer Service   778-328-8700
Toll Free   866-660-6011
e-mail   customerservice@itabc.ca
   
Collen Rogan   Manager Program Standards
Office   778-327-5889
Cel   778-388-7473
e-mail   crogan@itabc.ca

Jeff Roos   Senior Manager / IFLRA
Office   250-860-3592
e-mail   Jroos@iflra.com

Finbar Osullivan   Regional Apprentiship Advisor
Office   250-808-9352
e-mail   osullivan@itabc.ca

TRU
Greg Daykin   Saw Trades Instructor
Office   250-392-8113
Cel   250-617-9553
e-mail   greg52@telus.net

Julie Dekowny   Apprentiship Co-ordinator
Office   250-371-5659
e-mail   jdekowny@tru.ca

Thomas Haag   Apprentiship  Co-Chairperson
Office   250-828-5119
e-mail   thaag@tru.ca

Peter Poescheck   Apprentiship Co-Chairperson
Office    250-828-5113
e-mail   poeschek@tru.ca

Baldev Pooni   Dean of Trades
Office   250-828-5110
Cel   250-574-8977
e-mail   bpooni@tru.ca

SAWFILERS
Martin Vatkin   BC Sawfilers / President
Office   250-679-3234
Cel   250-833-2452
e-mail   marty.vatkin@interfor.com

Matt Graves   BC Sawfilers / Secretary
Office   
Cel   250-306-7106
e-mail   matt.graves@tolko.com

John Hebert   Gorman Bros Lumber / Headfiler
Office   250-768-6231
Cel   250-870-1960
e-mail   johnhebert@gormanbros.com

   

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General Discussion / Information on contracting work
« Last post by Jason on April 14, 2017, 05:24:16 PM »
Hi all, I am interested to know more about the world of contracting. I am currently happily employed, however I have the ability to work in a temporary capacity as a fill in for holidays etc. and am interested in making some extra income. I would like to hear about others experiences in doing so? Any advice you can offer? Current pay rates/structures and what kind of insurances etc one would need? I would also like to know how many mills\shops are currently in demand of someone capable of doing temporary\short term fill in work and what their requirements for employment are. Thanks in advance!
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General Discussion / Saw Trades Update January 2017
« Last post by John Hebert on January 19, 2017, 01:01:24 PM »
  Saw Trades Update January 2017
  Happy New Years to everyone; here we go again, the Softwood Trade Agreement with the US in the forefront; & beetle kill timber having an even greater impact on our BC lumber industry forcing cutbacks on logging having negative effect on our industry. 
   We are continuing to forge ahead with our Saw Trades program. In the past year, good progress has been made with the exam banks directly resulting in success stories for our Apprentices achieving their C of Q in the trade. Also, great news with much anticipated Bench course scheduled for late 2017… see course dates below. Greg Daykin / TRU Saw Trades Instructor is currently putting together the course curriculum, daily lesson plans & asking filers for various “videos” on specific tasks performed by Sawfilers such as; heatline bandsaws, cross lining band mills, grind band mill wheels… The search continues for an Instructor to replace Greg who wants to retire but has thankfully stayed on to teach the course and work on the Bench level.
  I have recently connected with Jeff Roos / Senior Manager - IFLRA & Finbar O’Sullivan / ITA Regional Apprentice Advisor for Okanogan. They have both been working on the saw trades program to help with some of the challenges and are a tremendous resource.

Materials / Equipment still needed for TRU Sawfilers Trade School:
-    complete Knee off newer Headsaw carriage or even a small complete carriage (for Bench program)   
-    6”- 8” Norpac bandsaw guides & 4 pin guide mounts (for Bench program)
-    Still in need of a Pony (board) Edger (for Sawfiler program)       
             …check your boneyards!  (TRU will issue a tax receipt for donated equipment.)
•   Lindsay Langill (former TRU Dean) has moved on; see attached updated Contacts List for his replacement. 
•   Tracey MacLennan (Manager Industry Relations @ ITA) has moved on; see update to contacts


2017 Scheduled Sawfiler Couse dates @ TRU Williams Lake BC:
 Level 1:  March 27, 2017 – May 5, 2017
 Level 2:   May 8, 2017 – June 2, 2017
Benchperson: June 5, 2017 – June 30, 2017
 Level 1:    September 11, 2017 – October 20, 2017
 Level 2:   October 23, 2017 – November 17, 2017





ITA’s (Industry Training Authority) website – www.itabc.ca
ITA Apprenticeship Advisors (AAs) – Located throughout BC, the AA’s can provide guidance and support to apprentices and employer sponsors: http://www.itabc.ca/our-trades-training-system/apprenticeship-advisors

•   Program Outline – Provides guidelines for the delivery of technical training.
•   Program Profile – Describes the certification requirements for apprentices and challengers.
•   Exam Weighting Chart – Shows the approximate percentage of weighting per General Area of Competency (GAC).
•   Saw Filer webpage – Saw Filer | ITA BC
•   Benchperson webpage – Saw Filer Endorsement: Benchperson | ITA BC
•   Trades Training BC - Saw Filer - Apprenticeship Schedules


Queen’s Printer – Saw Filer Manuals are available for purchase at:
•   Web – www.crownpub.bc.ca
•   Email – crownpub@gov.bc.ca


TRU (Thompson River University)  http://www.tru.ca/williamslake/programs/trades.html
BC Saw Filer’s Association –   http://www.bcsawfilers.com/



If Apprentices or their Supervisor / Headfiler… or those who wish to challenge an exam, have any questions about the school or need help with their enrolment; don’t hesitate to call the appropriate person on the provided contact list. On Apprentiship related questions, first contact ITA’s Customer Service or the Regional Apprenticeship Advisors

  Please forward / share / print copies for any that may be interested. If you would like to see something included in these Newsletters send me a email.
If you wish to be removed from these updates, please let me know.






 

Cheers…
 
John Hebert
Head Sawfiler
Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd.
Phone: 250-768-6231
Cell:      250-870-1960


         List of Contacts
ITA
Rieghardt Van Enter   Director Industry Relations
Office   604-512-3199
Cel   778-327-5920
e-mail   rvanenter@itabc.ca

Collen Rogan   Manager Program Standards
Office   778-327-5889
Cel   778-388-7473
e-mail   crogan@itabc.ca

Jeff Roos   Senior Manager / IFLRA
Office   250-860-3592
e-mail   Jroos@iflra.com

Finbar Osullivan   Regional Apprentiship Advisor
Office   250-808-9352
e-mail   osullivan@itabc.ca

TRU
Greg Daykin   Saw Trades Instructor
Office   250-392-8113
Cel   250-617-9553
e-mail   greg52@telus.net

Julie Dekowny   Apprentiship Co-ordinator
Office   250-371-5659
e-mail   jdekowny@tru.ca

Thomas Haag   Apprentiship  Co-Chairperson
Office   250-828-5119
e-mail   thaag@tru.ca

Peter Poescheck   Apprentiship Co-Chairperson
Office    250-828-5113
e-mail   poeschek@tru.ca

Baldev Pooni   Interim Dean of Trades
Office   250-828-5110
Cel   250-574-8977
e-mail   bpooni@tru.ca

SAWFILERS
Martin Vatkin   BC Sawfilers President
Office   250-679-3234
Cel   250-833-2452
e-mail   marty.vatkin@interfor.com

Trevor Shpeley   BC Sawfilers Secretary
Office   250-470-4310
Cel   250-542-7184
e-mail   Trevor.Shpeley@tolko.com

John Hebert   Gorman Bros Lumber
Office   250-768-6231
Cel   250-870-1960
e-mail   jhebert@gormanbros.com

   

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