James Fan (Wood Products Processing)

Western Forest Products, Cowichan Bay, BC

James Fan

My time with Western Forest Products was an invaluable experience and allowed me to learn the importance of safety standards, optimizing machines, and building simulations. Over the course of my work term, I was involved with tasks from analyzing lumber products to building product margin based spreadsheets (Return to Sawn and Size, and Net Current Value) for my simulations, which were sent to mill management and marketing prior to an upcoming run. Every week consisted of new challenging projects, including lumber grading inspections, machine optimization, in-depth analysis of specific production runs, managing production runs and quality control reports. Aside from work, living on Vancouver Island increased my appreciation for the natural beauty of BC. This co-op term was a significant stepping stone for my career development in the industry.

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