Yu Luo (Woods Products Processing)

Quality Control Co-op at Skeena Sawmills in Burnaby, BC

UBC Forestry Co-op Student Yu Luo stands by a plank of wood with her thumbs up.

It was an unforgettable experience working at Skeena Sawmills Ltd. in Terrace. During the past four months, I learned a lot of new things about the quality control of the lumber and timber production. One of the most interesting projects I completed was the Kiln Operation Manual. In order to develop this manual for the sawmill, I had to check every step throughout the drying process. I had the chance to communicate with employees from different departments such as the mill-rights, the electricians and the forklift driver. With their help, I figured out the whole process from loading to unloading the kiln, and I also learned to use the kiln control program. This manual aims to help the kiln operator to finish the kiln charge even if they don’t know anything about using the device. Through the Co-op program, I have a brand new understanding of the QC way of thinking. It’s not just about getting the right size and the right MC, but also how to achieve it efficiently, safely and more profitable. I recommend Co-op program for every student who wants to have a smoother transition from school to the workplace and gain some work experience before graduation.

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