Why study Manufacturing Engineering at UBC?

Why study Manufacturing Engineering at UBC?

What is Manufacturing Engineering?

Are you hoping to study engineering, but you’re not sure which branch to focus on? Manufacturing engineering might be one of the lesser-known fields, but it’s also one of the most important.

As a manufacturing engineer, you’ll be tasked with turning raw material into new products in the most effective, efficient, and economical way you can. It’s your job to research and develop tools, processes, machines, and equipment, and to combine them all to meet your goals.

At UBC, you’ll get the chance to study the entire manufacturing process, from designing concepts and creating mechanical parts all the way through to product delivery. Studying on UBC’s Okanagan or Vancouver campus – or both – you’ll gain the technical skills to set you up for a broad range of jobs in the industry.

 

Why choose Manufacturing Engineering?

Why should you pick the Manufacturing Engineering program at UBC? Here are five reasons:

 

  1. It’s the first degree of its kind in B.C. There aren’t many examples of fully-fledged manufacturing programs at research universities in Canada, and none in British Columbia. Manufacturing is one of the most important industries in the country, accounting for 10 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP). UBC’s program offers you the specialized education at a world top 40 university to enter this important market.

 

  1. You’ll get to spend time on both the Okanagan and Vancouver campuses. Prospective UBC students typically have to pick either the Okanagan or Vancouver campus for their program, but Manufacturing Engineering is different. For your fourth-year final project, you’ll have the chance to specialize, and can choose either production management on the Okanagan campus or technical manufacturing on the Vancouver campus. Either way, you’ll meet the requirements set out by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers.

 

  1. You’ll get to master some cutting-edge manufacturing tools. Automation and digitalization are essential to the field, and UBC’s manufacturing program has been designing to train students in state-of-the-art techniques. You’ll learn how to master artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and manipulate advanced materials during the program.

 

  1. You can study abroad for a semester, and gain course credit. As a Manufacturing Engineering student, you’ll have the chance to broaden your academic and cultural experience by spending time at a leading university in another country. You can choose to be a part of the Coordinated International Experience (CIE) program and study for a semester in Asia, Australia, and Europe, gaining credit for your UBC degree while you’re there.

 

  1. There are plenty of opportunities for Co-op placements. As part of your program, you can participate in the Engineering Co-op for up to 20 months of paid engineering work experience to apply the skills you’ve learned in the classroom. Participating in a Co-op offers a competitive advantage when you’re looking for the best job after you graduate, and UBC has the largest engineering Co-op program in Western Canada and one of the most successful in the country.

Check out these new programs at UBC

Check out these new programs at UBC

Are you interested in becoming a leader in the emerging global bioeconomy, or in solving the Earth’s most pressing environmental challenges? Perhaps your passion lies in the medical world, and learning how to engineer artificial organs or bones?

Whatever your interests, we have a program for you. We’ve recently introduced five new options at UBC: Biomedical Engineering, Food and Resource Economics, Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology (BEST), Manufacturing Engineering, and Sustainable Agriculture and Environment.

Read on to learn more about these programs and discover if they’re right for you.

 

Biomedical Engineering (Vancouver campus)

Biomedical Engineering header image

As a Biomedical Engineering student, you’ll learn how to create new biomaterials – synthetic or natural materials used for building different parts of the body, such as artificial organs and bones. Through traditional classroom instruction, hands-on studio time, and lab work, you’ll graduate with a comprehensive knowledge of biology and human anatomy, and know how to combine it with engineering design. After finishing your studies, you’ll be ready to work in the emerging field of biotechnology and more traditional sectors like healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and engineering.

 

Food and Resource Economics (Vancouver campus)

Food and Resource Economics

As climate change continues to threaten species and cultures, a booming industry has emerged around foodstuffs and natural resources. In the Food and Resource Economics program, you’ll learn what the limitations and solutions are for optimizing the global food supply, and find out how best to deal with the world’s diminishing natural resources. In addition to gaining deep subject knowledge, you’ll discover how to work with large data sets and develop your critical thinking and analytical skills. During your studies, you’ll be able to take a number of business management electives, allowing you to finish the program ready to work in the food, agricultural, and natural resource sectors.

 

Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology (BEST) (Vancouver campus)

Forest Bioeconomy Sciences Technology

The Bachelor of Science in Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology (BEST) at UBC Vancouver is Canada’s first comprehensive program focused on the growing bioeconomy – the parts of the economy that involve producing renewable biological resources and transforming them into valuable products we use every day. You’ll learn about the scientific, economic, and policy issues related to the bioeconomy and how these intersect to create a sustainable future. With a BEST degree, you’ll be poised for a career focused on the design and development of renewable materials, energy, and sustainable land-use strategies, and be well-positioned to fill one of the 1 million new bioeconomy jobs predicted in the European Union by 2030.

 

Manufacturing Engineering (Okanagan and Vancouver campuses)

Manufacturing Engineering Okanagan

As a student in the Manufacturing Engineering program at UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver, you’ll find out how to design new manufacturing materials, and coordinate manufacturing processes. Over four years, you’ll discover the best ways to create all kinds of products – everything from textiles to electronics to recyclables – in an efficient, cost-effective, and responsible way. You’ll be able to take courses in mechanical, materials, and computer engineering, and gain specific knowledge in how to manage production systems and industrial automation. In your final year, you’ll have the chance to specialize in production management on the Okanagan campus or technical manufacturing on the Vancouver campus, depending on your unique career aspirations.

 

Sustainable Agriculture and Environment (Vancouver campus)

In the Sustainable Agriculture and Environment program, you’ll tackle a range of environmental challenges while tailoring your studies to your particular interests – from agricultural production to soil and water resources management to climate change. You’ll learn how to produce food in a way that protects our soils, water, and air; how to manage biodiversity and habitats for the organisms we rely on to help us grow our food; and which agricultural practices are best for urban environments. You’ll have access to a living laboratory for experiential learning at the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, located at the UBC Farm on UBC’s Vancouver campus. As a graduate of this program, you’ll be primed for a professional career focused on shaping a more sustainable, food-secure future.

Programs spotlight: Media and fine arts

Programs spotlight: Media and fine arts

Whether you’re a budding storyteller, an aspiring actor, or a concert pianist in the making – someone who’s at ease in front of an easel, at a keyboard, or behind the scenes – there’s a program for you at UBC. Come here to discover and develop your skills in film, theatre, music, visual art, creative writing, media, and more.

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Media Studies

Explore new media and examine the impact of technological innovation on our interactions and society in the Media Studies program on UBC’s Okanagan and Vancouver campuses. You’ll develop a portfolio of skills and experiences that will enable you to pursue a career in a wide range of sectors across the knowledge economy.

A professor’s perspective

UBC Music Bob Pritchard Laptop Orchestra

Meet Professor Pritchard, a music professor who’s using technologies that capture physical movement to transform the human body into a musical instrument.

Music: Advanced Performance

Imagine having a world-class concert hall like The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in your backyard! In the Music: Advanced Performance program on UBC’s Vancouver campus, you’ll study music theory, technology, and musicianship while completing four years of private instruction in voice, opera, piano, organ, guitar, harpsichord, or an orchestral instrument of your choice.

Art History and Visual Culture

Develop critical thinking and writing skills as you analyze diverse forms of art and visual culture, including “high art,” performance art, pop culture, architecture, and everyday objects in their cultural and historical contexts. The cross-disciplinary Art History and Visual Culture program on UBC’s Okanagan campus delves into the heart of human experience and identity.

The student scoop

UBC alumnus Nadine Bradshaw

Meet Nadine, a Visual Arts alumna who has fond memories of painting on mountain tops and staying up all night to install her fourth-year exhibition.

Theatre: Design and Production

Learn more about set, costume, lighting, and sound design, including set and costume construction, stage and production management, and other production technologies. As a graduate of the Theatre: Design and Production program on UBC’s Vancouver campus, you’ll be ready to work in professional theatre or film, or pursue advanced training in grad school.


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Programs spotlight: Languages and linguistics

Programs spotlight: Languages and linguistics

Are you interested in learning a new language, helping to revitalize an endangered language, or understanding the roots of a language you already know? Have you ever wondered how language shapes culture and society, and how pop culture and social media influence language? One of UBC’s languages and linguistics programs could be for you.

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English

Study literature written in English from around the world, from the earliest medieval riddles to contemporary slam poetry in the English program on UBC’s Okanagan and Vancouver campuses. You’ll also learn more about the English language itself, including its roots, its patterns, and its uses in politics and social media.

The student scoop

Meet Stephanie, a UBC alumna who majored in English and volunteered as a literacy mentor with UBC’s Trek program.

French and Spanish

Explore French and Spanish cultures in and outside the classroom, and learn how they’ve impacted Canada and other countries across the globe – all while refining your speaking and written skills in both languages – in the French and Spanish program on UBC’s Okanagan campus.

First Nations and Endangered Languages

Explore the processes and protocols for the documentation, conservation, revitalization, and reclamation of endangered languages, cultures, and Indigenous knowledge systems locally, regionally, and internationally in the First Nations and Endangered Languages program on UBC’s Vancouver campus.

A professor’s perspective

Christine Schreyer

Meet Professor Schreyer, a linguist and anthropologist who helped develop Superman’s mother tongue.

Speech Sciences

Study language structure, child development and language acquisition, anatomy and physiology, and more in Speech Sciences on UBC’s Vancouver campus. This interdisciplinary program includes courses from the Department of Linguistics, the Department of Psychology, and the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences.


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Programs spotlight: Education

Programs spotlight: Education

Do you believe education should put students and the quality of their learning first? Do you enjoy sharing knowledge with others and helping people find and develop their innate talent? Consider one of UBC’s seven Bachelor of Education degrees for an internationally recognized learning experience that will launch your career as an educator in Canada and beyond.

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Teaching Elementary, Middle or Secondary Programs

Gain hands-on experience teaching elementary, middle or secondary school curricula in one of UBC’s education programs. UBC Vancouver offers two pathways, Elementary and Middle Years and Secondary, while at UBC Okanagan students can choose between the Teaching Children and Teaching Adolescents programs. Students in all programs will complete school-based practicums and engage in collaborative learning with instructors, classmates, practising educators, and community partners, and have the opportunity to participate in place-based learning opportunities.

West Kootenay Teacher Education Program (WKTEP)

If you believe rural and small school settings present exciting educational opportunities for teachers, WKTEP could be for you. Based in the WKTEP Learning Centre in Nelson, BC, and in the surrounding communities, this 11-month post-degree program offers an opportunity to develop the professional qualities and practices necessary to teach in today’s complex learning environments. With a strong focus on community, collaboration, and innovation, you’ll graduate prepared to teach in an elementary, middle, or secondary school setting.

Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP)

Build upon your Aboriginal identity and cultural heritage while learning how to be an effective educator in public, band, and independent schools in BC. In NITEP, you’ll develop the skills and academic knowledge expected of beginning educators and complete a specialization in Indigenous Education. As a student on UBC’s Vancouver campus, you’ll have access to the Xwi7xwa Library, a centre for academic and community Indigenous scholarship.

 International Baccalaureate (IB)

Join a community of students focused on international education in Canada’s first IB-recognized teacher education program. You’ll learn key concepts and transdisciplinary themes through enriching, hands-on learning opportunities that promote discovery, exploration, and thinking about real-world issues. You’ll graduate with a strong foundation in the educational practices and underpinnings of IB, and will be eligible for the Level 1 IB Educator credential.

 


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Programs spotlight: History, law, and politics

Programs spotlight: History, law, and politics

Deepen your understanding of the past, and continue to build on your knowledge of critical current events by studying in one of UBC’s history, law, and politics programs. The topics within these fields are wide-ranging – indigenous studies, religion, international relations, anthropology – and can lead to a number of diverse career paths, including social work, journalism, government work, education, and more.

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International Relations

In the International Relations program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you’ll develop a solid background in related areas of political science, history, sociology, anthropology, economics, and modern languages. The program stresses critical thinking , and will equip you with the skills necessary to assess the contours and dynamics of international politics and events – from conflicts in Afghanistan and the Congo, to the rise of women as political actors.

 

The student scoop

Michael Flood, Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Meet Michael, a Philosophy, Politics, and Economics students who was looking for a university experience that would challenge him socially and academically.

Political Science

In the Political Science program at UBC’s Vancouver campus, you’ll study the nature, causes, and consequences of collective decisions and actions taken by groups of people embedded in cultures and institutions that structure power and authority. Topics include the nature of power, the causes of conflict, the tensions of Canadian federalism, security in the post-Cold War international system, globalization, critiques of liberal democracy, feminist analysis, democratization, the rise of Asia, and much more.

 

The student scoop

Dela Hini, Political Science

Meet Dela, a Sociology and Political Science student who found her calling by getting involved with student leadership.

Indigenous Studies

In the Indigenous Studies program at the Okanagan campus, you can build the foundational skills needed to pursue a career in government, in Aboriginal Peoples organizations, in indigenous leadership roles, or resource management. Your studies will include indigenous perspectives and governance, the justice system, land claims, traditional ecological knowledge, and the protection of heritage in the Okanagan, Canada, US, and world communities.

 

The student scoop

Duncan McCue, UBC Law

Meet Duncan, a UBC Law alum who became an award-winning reporter for the CBC.

Law

The Peter A. Allard School of Law at UBC’s Vancouver campus is one of Canada’s leading law schools, with a global influence. Innovative researchers, inspiring teachers, and outstanding graduates have established a national reputation and international reach. You’ll receive a first-rate legal education that balances traditional areas of practice with emerging fields of specialization.

 


See a full list of history, law, and politics programs at UBC


Programs spotlight: Engineering and technology

Programs spotlight: Engineering and technology

Are you looking for a future-proof profession? Pursuing an education in a STEM field is a surefire way to equip yourself with the skills and knowledge to secure a bright career path. UBC’s engineering and technology programs will challenge you intellectually, connect you with a community of dedicated scientists and engineers, and open a world of opportunities.

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Mechanical Engineering

In the Mechanical Engineering program at UBC’s Okanagan campus you’ll investigate practical, hands-on ways of creating and improving physical systems to meet the demand of modern industries – from aircraft and energy systems to biomedical, mechatronics, and manufacturing. The program is accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers and will help you master fundamental engineering concepts while learning more about the application of practical design skills.

 

The student scoop

Joses Akampurira, Engineering

Meet Joses, a Civil Engineering student who found that volunteering and getting involved was the best path to success at UBC.

Wood Products Processing

The Wood Products Processing program at UBC’s Vancouver campus begins with foundational courses in math, physics, and chemistry, and transitions into developing your knowledge of wood and material science, and wood processing technologies. You’ll study in the award-winning Forest Sciences Centre and the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, Canada’s national centre of excellence for wood products. In your senior years, you’ll learn how to analyze and optimize manufacturing operations, finishing up with a major project chosen from an area of particular interest to you.

 

 

The student scoop

Annelies Tjebbes, Engineering

Meet Annelies, an Electrical Engineering alumna who used her skills and education to improve the lives of others.

Data Science

UBC’s Data Science program at the Okanagan campus is grounded in statistics – to formulate relevant questions and determine the answer based on data – and computer science – to manipulate and visualize data efficiently. You’ll learn more about decision-making supported by data while taking courses in machine learning, network science, data analytics, and much more. Your studies will prepare you for graduate studies, or for careers in e-commerce, finance, government, genomics, entertainment and sports, management, and other areas that increasingly rely on data sets.

 

A professor’s perspective

Dr. Jonathan Holzman, UBC Okanagan Engineering professor

Meet Dr. Holzman, an Engineering professor at UBC’s Okanagan campus who is building bridges between faculty, students, industry, and the Okanagan community.

Computer Science

The Computer Science program at UBC’s Vancouver campus gives you a thorough grounding in computer software design, and a broad choice of other studies in computing. You can choose from core and specialized courses that enable you to work in areas such as genomics, medicine, robotics, finance, gaming, e-commerce, advertising, management, web technologies, or environmental technology. You’ll study in one of Canada’s top computer science departments with internationally renowned professors, and take classes in the state-of-the-art Institute for Computing Information and Cognitive Systems/Computer Science building.

 


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Programs spotlight: Business and economics

Programs spotlight: Business and economics

Maybe you started a lemonade stand as a kid. Or you watched the world markets before you could even buy stock. You’ve got a shrewd mind for business and a curiosity for commerce. UBC’s business and economics programs can foster that budding interest and help you hone in on your niche, whether you have leadership ambitions and dreams of the C-suite, or you want to get in the weeds as a business analyst.

UBC’s range of programs and the opportunities for specialization within them can take you where you want to go after graduation.

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Management

In the Management program at UBC’s Okanagan campus you’ll learn how to navigate today’s rapidly changing world through intensive collaboration and team work, critical thinking, and an appreciation for shared solutions. Its four-year format prepares students for graduate school, professional programs, and employment in any context or organization – large or small. In your last two years, you’ll have the opportunity to focus your studies in a management area of interest, for example: accounting; entrepreneurial technology; finance; human resources; marketing; or supply-chain/operations management.

 

The student scoop

Felipe Chueiri, UBC Management

Meet Felipe, a Management student who created a support network of friends and peers that bolstered his academic success and led to a rewarding life outside of the classroom.

Commerce

The Bachelor of Commerce degree at UBC’s Vancouver campus will provide you with a solid foundation of business basics and management skills you’ll need to thrive in your chosen career. Sharpen your skills in critical thinking, problem solving, communication, organization, and leadership while you study a diverse range of course offerings that allow you to tailor your degree to your interests and career aspirations. Specialization options include accounting; business technology management; entrepreneurship; finance; general business management; global supply chain and logistics management; marketing; operations and logistics; organizational behaviour and human resources; and real estate.

 

The student scoop

Arielle Lynn, UBC Commerce

Meet Arielle, a Commerce student who was thrilled by the range of learning opportunities and experiences that UBC has to offer.

Bachelor + Master of Management Dual Degree

UBC’s innovative Bachelor and Master of Management Dual Degree program makes it possible to earn a bachelor’s degree from select non-business faculties and a Master of Management from the UBC Sauder School of Business in as little as four-and-a-half years. As a Bachelor and Master of Management student, you’ll take business and commerce modules during each of the four years of your undergraduate degree. In the summer immediately after graduation, you’ll enter the Master of Management program full-time for six months of intensive study.

 

The student scoop

Angela Sunario, UBC Bachelor + Master of Management

Meet Angela, a dual-degree student who learned how to get involved, push her limits, and find meaningful work to complement her studies.

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

The Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program at UBC’s Okanagan campus draws together three of the most important fields in understanding our society and our world. Philosophy teaches logic, ethics, and critical thinking; politics examines the institutions that form policies and determine the rules by which we are governed; and economics studies how we make decisions as individuals and groups in our increasingly global world market. Placed into context with each other, these fields allow you to form a critical and informed basis to understand and interpret the world.

 


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