For my second work term, I was an Arborist for Royal Wood Tree Care, a company based in Delta that serves Vancouver´s Metropolitan region. On my first day, I was surprised by the speed that we had to work in order to compete with other, much bigger, companies like Bartlett or Davey, and make a profit. I was told by my co-workers that, because of the pace of each job I would not be able to get any training from them.
For my winter co-op term I worked with the B.C. Ministry of Forests as an Authorizations Assistant in the Prince George district. Primarily, my job entailed receiving and reviewing permitting documents such as cruise plans and cruise checks.
My final co-op term has brought me to New Brunswick to do some process improvement for JD Irving. I’ve only been with them for a month at time of writing but even in that short time I’ve already learned a lot.
I spent my third co-op term working for the Wildlife Institute of India as an intern in the Landscape Ecology and Visualization Lab. My job was to design my own research project around investigating the outcome of conservation investments within the Great Himalayan National Park, and the eco-development zone surrounding it.
While I was in South India, I was immersed in local conservation issues, with a particular focus on human-wildlife conflict. A few co-workers and I got to visit Indu, Sandhya and Jayanthi – three rescued temple elephants at a care facility. They are such gentle giants!
Griff Building Supplies For my first co-op work term, I worked at Griff Building Supplies as a sales assistant and project assistant for the Wholesale and Export Department. Griff is not just a lumber trading company. According to our Export Manager, he indicated Griff acts as a solution provider. They provide the correct products based […]
Software Integration & Process Engineering, Sunrise Kitchens Ltd For my first co-op term, I worked at Sunrise Kitchens where I applied wood-related knowledge in advanced cabinet manufacturing. Throughout the work term, I took part in data integration between ERP/ CRM, Web-Cab, and Microvellum, assisting the supervisor building a new bridge to connect engineering software with […]
On my first work term, I worked as an assistant for a team of experts in charge of developing a new method of wood kilning in our factory. The primary type of wood species grown and manufactured in Vietnam is Acacia.
M and J Woodcrafts My first work term was at M and J Woodcrafts. As a co-op student here, I was given the opportunity to help out on the shop floor and in the office. One of the projects that I worked on was building a picnic table for the company. I managed the blueprints […]
Loewen Windows, Steinbach, MB My first and second work term was at Loewen Windows, in Steinbach, Manitoba. I worked as a wood processing engineer to help the wood supply team harmonize the raw material usages and the flow of the plant. It was a great learning experience, and I got to know what it felt […]