Manufacturing Engineering

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Learn how to design, operate, and optimize advanced manufacturing environments 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 Okanagan Campus
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Why this program?

  • Be part of the first Manufacturing Engineering program of its kind in BC
  • Specialize in production management on the Okanagan campus or technical manufacturing on the Vancouver campus
  • Gain hands-on experience through dedicated manufacturing labs in this multidisciplinary engineering degree
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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • 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 engineers work to design, apply, and co-ordinate manufacturing system materials and processes. Their goal is to achieve efficient, cost-effective, and high-quality production in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. Manufacturing engineers focus on all aspects of the production of industrial and commercial products, including machinery, electronics, home appliances, oil and gas products, food and beverages, clothing and textiles, and environmental and recycled products.

As a student in the Manufacturing Engineering program, you’ll take:

  • Courses in mechanical engineering, materials engineering, and computer engineering
  • Specifically designed manufacturing engineering courses, including manufacturing processes, production systems management, and industrial automation

You’ll also learn about product management, newly emerging practices in digital modelling, virtual machining, additive manufacturing, and composites. Through your studies, you’ll gain experience designing, operating, optimizing, and managing advanced manufacturing environments.

Experiential learning and research

As a Manufacturing Engineering student, you’ll have many opportunities to shape your learning experience:

  • Choose from among the technical electives on offer each year to learn more about the research interests of your professors.
  • Pursue your research interests an an undergraduate student by applying for research funding (e.g., NSERC, CIHR).
  • Participate in Engineering Co-op for up to 20 months of paid engineering work experience and a competitive advantage when seeking employment after you graduate.
  • Broaden your academic and cultural experience by spending a semester abroad through the Coordinated International Experience program – a program that’s unique to the Faculty of Applied Science.

Life at UBC's Vancouver campus

As a Manufacturing Engineering student, you will have most of your classes, teaching laboratories, capstone projects, and studio sessions in the Faculty of Applied Sciences buildings.

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Your future

As a manufacturing engineer, you may be employed by:

  • Government and regulatory agencies
  • Manufacturing and processing companies
  • Consulting firms
  • Organizations in the financial and healthcare industries
  • Industrial and government research facilities

In industry, manufacturing engineers can work in areas such as rubber, plastics and chemical manufacturing, manufactured mineral products, computer and electronics manufacturing, and transportation manufacturing.

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.
  • Students who complete the IB Diploma in English are required to achieve a minimum score of 3 in an IB Group 1 English course at either Standard or Higher Level. (If you are an international student with a score of less than 3, you may be eligible for UBC Vantage One programs.)
  • 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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