For my third co-op work term, I worked with Canature Processing Ltd. on lab analyses. Although I was previously employed in this company as a part-timer, I had gained a lot throughout the work term. One of my main responsibilities was to conduct nutrition analysis for both raw materials and finished goods, and checking if their quality passes a threshold standard. This is an important quality control process that ensures the company is able to produce enough qualified products on time following the production plan. There is a variety of physical and chemical festures that I test for everyday: water activity, moisture, PDI, bulk density, and GA, just to name a few. Only by conducting such tests, our company can verify if a product meets all requirements to be qualified for sell. Furthermore, I also learned a lot about quality assurance through this process.
As the company is building up a microbiological laboratory and operating at a larger scale, I can expect to learn to perform more experiments in the future. The product development phase is one that I placed most of my relentless work into as I find it interesting to design a new product. Assisting in new products development is a valuable opportunity for me to gain practical experience of working in a product-oriented company.