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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 a biologist means you are a key player in ensuring that forestry operations are run in an environmentally sustainable way. Your scientific background is complemented by a working knowledge of relevant environmental legislation.
Biologists can be specialists or generalists. Forest products companies, for example, may have bird biologists on staff. Other companies may have biologists on staff who perform a whole range of duties, including mapping terrestrial ecosystem, assessing tree stands, counting fish and other wildlife populations, and analyzing the impact of forestry operations on watersheds.