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Electrical and electronics engineers are primarily concerned with how electricity is produced, transmitted and used. They design and test electrical and electronic equipment and systems.
As an electrical engineer in a mill, you will work closely with technical and operations personnel to monitor and optimize processes. You could also find yourself coordinating projects and trials to increase production, improve quality and reduce costs. You will also work to maximize mill uptime and the need for reliable power systems. Unexpected outages can create problematic amounts of waste, so you will work to prevent downtime so the mill can maintain production.
Electrical engineers also get to show off their green credentials by maximizing the forest products industry’s ability to produce green energy. Co-generation projects, in which sawmills burn waste wood to generate additional power, are a prime example.
You have to earn an electrical engineering degree from a university to work as an electrical engineer. Students graduating from undergraduate programs in electrical engineering often choose to become certified as professional engineers. It means you are licensed to practice engineering, and that you’re a full-fledged member of the engineering profession. Many electrical engineering programs offer co-op work experience. This means you can earn money while you’re a student and also find out first-hand why choosing a career in the forest products industry is worthwhile.
In the forest products industry, working as an environmental supervisor means understanding how to run forestry operations in a environmentally sustainable way. You will find yourself working with other land management professionals who have the knowledge and administrative skills to follow environmental regulations and laws.
Your skill set also means you can make sure environmental protection is considered during contracting and project design. Your commitment to sound legal and business practices makes you a key player in Canada’s sustainable forest products industry.