John Vieira (Wood Products Processing)

Western Forest Products, Nanaimo, BC

John VIeira

The first few months working on Vancouver Island with Western Forest Products has developed my career skills faster than I could have imagined. My first project as a Quality Control assistant at Duke Point Sawmill involved monitoring variation in the first few machines that breakdown a sawlog. This project allowed for communication with operation staff, some technical writing, and some individual analysis of variation trends. In addition to working at my assigned sawmill, I work on projects at Western’s other operations on the Island. With this traveling, I see a number of operations, meet a variety of people, and learn about what it takes to make different wood products. Though my courses at university prepared me for my co-op term, the environment of continual improvement at my job has allowed me to learn something new every day and develop fundamental skills necessary at a sawmill. My job gives the opportunity to build on academic knowledge gained at university, and allows for further development of hands-on skills. It has been a great experience at Western so far, and I’m looking forward to the rest of my co-op term.

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