Manufacturing Engineering

at UBC's

Okanagan Campus

Study the entire manufacturing process, from design concept and manufacturing of mechanical parts through to product delivery, in UBC's Manufacturing Engineering program. In fourth year, you'll have the chance to specialize in production management on the Okanagan campus or technical manufacturing on the Vancouver campus.

This program is also offered at UBC's Vancouver Campus
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Why this program?

  • Be part of the first Manufacturing Engineering program of its kind in BC
  • Explore the latest in manufacturing tools, such as artificial intelligence, adaptive robotics, and advanced materials
  • Graduate with the skills to address the current and future needs of advanced manufacturing
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Program information

  • Campus: Okanagan
  • Faculty: Faculty of Applied Science (Engineering)
  • Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science (Engineering)
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

Manufacturing Engineering looks at the entire manufacturing process, from the design concept, engineering analysis, and manufacturing of individual mechanical parts through to product delivery. While Mechanical Engineering examines the theory and applications of machines, Manufacturing Engineering focuses on the design and manufacturing of machines.

After completing a common first year in Applied Science, you’ll take courses in mechanical, materials, electrical and computer engineering, plus specifically designed manufacturing engineering courses in manufacturing processes, production systems management, and industrial automation.

Each year, you’ll complete a design course that will help prepare you for a final capstone design project in your fourth year of study. At that time, you can choose to specialize in production management on the Okanagan campus or technical manufacturing on the Vancouver campus. Either way, you’ll meet the accreditation requirements set out by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers.

Life at UBC's Okanagan campus

UBC's Okanagan campus offers a more intimate teaching and learning environment with state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment and training. You'll be exposed to foundational engineering disciplines and training across a range of major manufacturing processes and platforms. You'll also learn about today's production management practices through digitalization of the entire value chain, non-traditional manufacturing practices, data-centric modelling and analytics, artificial intelligence, and robotics.

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Your future

Given their ability to develop products, plan processes, and optimize production environments, manufacturing engineers have excellent employment opportunities in:

  • Industrial and government research facilities
  • Government and regulatory agencies
  • Rubber, plastics, and chemical manufacturing
  • Manufactured mineral products
  • Computer and electronics manufacturing
  • Transportation manufacturing
  • Consulting for professional business and educational services

As a Manufacturing Engineering graduate, you could also work as a control and implementation specialist, a systems analysis engineer, a quality control specialist, and more.

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Your future in Manufacturing Engineering
Your future in Manufacturing Engineering

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

IB Diploma Programme

  • Completed IB Diploma, including at least three Higher Level courses.

IB Certificate Courses

  • IB Certificate courses (Standard and Higher Level) may be used in an admissions average if you are graduating from a recognized high school curriculum that can be used as your basis of admission.
  • IB Math Applications and Interpretations SL, or IB Math Studies, do not satisfy the math requirement for admission to UBC’s science-based programs, the Faculty of Management, the UBC Sauder School of Business, or the Vancouver School of Economics.

Degree-specific requirements: Applied Science (Engineering)

  • IB Math Analysis and Approaches SL or HL, or IB Math Applications and Interpretations HL. (IB Math Applications and Interpretations SL, or IB Math Studies, are not acceptable.)
  • IB Chemistry 
  • IB Physics 
  • Academically strong candidates missing either IB Chemistry or IB Physics may be evaluated on a case-by-case basis

Related courses

The following subject categories are particularly relevant for this degree. Consider taking courses in these areas in your junior year and senior year.

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics and Computation
  • Sciences
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