Your degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering

Skills you'll develop

While studying Chemical and Biological Engineering, you're learning to integrate biological systems with engineered systems to manufacture next generation technology. You’ll develop important skills to design systems for a wide array of applications such as food production, wastewater treatment, and drug delivery.

These skills may include:

  • Planning and design of a system and processes that meet production objectives and adhere to industry standards and regulatory requirements
  • Development and execution of purification techniques such as distillation, crystallization, sublimation, and chromatography for different substances
  • Design and testing of process equipment (e.g., valves, vessels, pumps, heat exchangers, piping)
  • Conducting root cause analysis to investigate and troubleshoot process control issues related to electrical, instrumentation, and control systems
  • Development of improved fabrication methods and processes for commercial production
  • Evaluation and assessment of technologies for reliability, production capability, consistency, and cost-effectiveness
  • Technical skills in carrying out modelling and statistical analysis using MATLAB and HYSYS
  • Creation and implementation of environmental control measures including the reduce, recycling, reuse of waste and by-products

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including biotechnology, food and beverage production, manufacturing and processing, quality assurance, environmental protection, biomedical, pharmaceuticals, and more.

There are many career paths that can combine your academic backgrounds, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas. Some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

  • Biochemical development engineer
  • Biomechanical engineer
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Bioprocess engineer
  • Bioresource engineer
  • Biotechnical engineer
  • Biotechnology analyst
  • Cell culture engineer
  • Chemical engineer
  • Chemical process engineer
  • Computational biology programmer
  • Dairy plant engineer
  • Engineering scientist
  • Environmental chemical engineer
  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental impact analyst
  • Environmental program manager
  • Food processing engineer
  • Food processing quality control technologist
  • Food technology engineer
  • Green energy specialist
  • Industrial waste treatment engineer
  • Instrumentation engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Process area engineer
  • Product engineer
  • Product regulatory specialist
  • Production engineer
  • Quality assurance officer
  • Quality control engineer
  • Research chemical engineer
  • Supply chain manager
  • Sustainable development consultant
  • Systems design engineer
  • Test automation engineer
  • Tissue engineer
  • Verification or Validation engineer
  • Waste reduction education program officer

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify your values and interests.

Build your network

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you. You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and finding job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Chemical and Biological Engineering graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

More information

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