Universal Forest Products Saw operator in White Bear Lake, Minnesota


  • Minimum 6th grade basic education or equivalent.
  • Minimum 3 months experience using saws or similar equipment; some experience in manufacturing and assembling is preferred.
  • Working knowledge of basic math.

Skills and abilities

  • Ability to work in a safe manner
  • Ability to recognize size/grade/quality of material
  • Demonstrates ability to follow specific instructions and directions
  • Demonstrate ability to use and operate dangerous/heavy equipment
  • Demonstrate ability to stack material properly
  • Ability to pay attention to surroundings
  • Ability to identify safety issues in their work area, and notice equipment malfunctions
  • Ability to understand basic verbal and written instructions in English.
  • Ability to complete production reporting
  • Ability to read a tape measure
  • Ability to learn/understand cuts and yields
  • Ability to troubleshoot and perform minor maintenance to the equipment
  • Demonstrate eye-hand coordination
  • Ability to work under immediate supervision
  • Ability to pass a drug test
  • Ability to work hours mandated by management


  • Safety conscious
  • Team player and goal oriented
  • Open to change and positive attitude
  • Committed to plant and company goals
  • Participates in Safety and CI programs
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Looks for ways to improve productivity and department results

  • Reads production scheduling sheets and identifies required material for the operation.

  • Ensures material meets quality specifications (grade, size, moisture content, etc).
  • Performs setups according to specifications.
  • Feeds material according to specifications.
  • Periodically checks equipment to ensure specifications are being met.
  • Offloads and stacks material in accordance with established procedures, and if required, may cover, label and band components/finish product.
  • Ensures work area is safe, clean and organized, and that equipment is safe to operate.
  • Completes pre-shift/startup equipment inspection checklist and reports any problems or concerns.
  • Maintains a clean and orderly work environment.
  • Maintains production records as required.
  • Checks materials and finished products to ensure compliance with standards.
  • Performs duties consistent with established safety and quality procedures, rules, and standards.
  • Performs LOTO as required.
  • Performs preventive maintenance as specified.
  • Participates in safety, CI and other programs and meetings.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

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