HongZheng Ma (Wood Products Processing)

Co-op Student Manufacturing at Western Forest Products in Port Alberni, BC

HongZheng Ma, a Wood Products Processing co-op student, standing in a mill and smiling while wearing safety gear.

For the past three months, I have been working for Western Forest Products at Alberni Pacific Division, and it has been fulfilling and enjoyable. Here, I can apply what I leant in class to real work situations and bridge the gap between theory and practice. I have worked with many departments such as quality control, drying kiln and planer production. I helped develop plans to improve drying kiln efficiency and better digitalization for the size control data and observed how the planer mill makes a whole new product for the first time. Overall, I find this experience is really meaningful and grateful for the opportunity that Forestry could give me.

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