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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.
Environmental supervisors may hold a bachelor’s degree in business, environmental science or forestry. The range of qualifications can vary wildly. Chemical engineers, for example, may become environmental supervisors. People with biology and other science degrees are also suitable candidates.
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.