Your degree in Chemical Engineering

While studying Chemical Engineering, you're learning to convert raw materials into value-added products with consideration to safety, cost, and sustainability. You’re developing important skills to develop and implement energy-efficient and eco-friendly industrial processes.

These skills may include:

  • Application of principles related to thermodynamics, transport phenomena, reactor design, and unit operations to manufacture materials and renewable energy
  • Design, development, and evaluation of processes, techniques, and equipment to separate complex mixtures
  • Formulation of product specifications, test protocols, and measurement capabilities
  • A continuous improvement mindset to the development of new chemical processes, reactions, and materials for cleaner production
  • Development of quality control, safety protocols and environmental prevention, and control technologies to reduce solid, liquid, and gaseous wastes
  • Conducting economic and technical feasibility studies for resource-based processing industries
  • Usage of process simulation software, advanced instruments, machines, and lab equipment across chemistry, biology, and medicine

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including manufacturing and processing, energy, healthcare, pulp and paper, oil and gas, agriculture, plastics and composite materials, and environmental management, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that 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.

Adhesives engineer

Agricultural engineer

Agronomy engineer

Air quality consultant

Asset integrity engineer

Biochemical / Biotechnical engineer

Biomedical engineer

Bioresource engineer

Ceramics engineer

Chemical engineer

Chemical process engineer

Chemical product developer

Clean energy programs consultant

Coal preparation consulting engineer

Corrosion engineer

Engineering scientist

Environmental chemical engineer

Environmental consultant

Explosives engineer

Extractive engineer

Fuels engineer

Geochemical engineer

Industrial hygiene engineer

Industrial waste treatment engineer

Liquid fuels engineer

Manufacturing engineer

Materials testing technologist

Metallurgical engineer

Mineral engineer

Natural gas engineer

Oil and gas production engineer

Petrochemical engineer

Pipeline transport engineer

Plastics / Polymers engineer

Process control engineer

Process engineer

Process safety engineer

Production engineer

Pulp and paper engineer

Quality control engineer

Refinery engineer

Research chemical engineer

Textile engineer

Make the most of your program

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

UBC Envision, UBC American Institute of Chemical Engineers Student Chapter
Apply your knowledge and work on a real-world project from energy research to automated beer brewing.

UBC Chem-E-Car
Collaborate with peers to design and build a car powered only by chemical reactions, and compete in the annual competition.

CHBE Distinguished Speaker Seminar Series
Learn about innovation and advancement in the field from various scholars from around the globe.

Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, UBC Student Chapter
Network with industry professionals and attend guest lectures to learn about the mining field and potential career paths.

UBC BC Water and Waste Association, Student Chapter
Attend the annual conference to connect with industry professionals and learn about the latest in water developments.

GreenChem UBC
Meet like-minded individuals who are interested in sustainable chemical research. 

UBC Oil and Gas Initiative
Attend panel discussions and networking events pertaining to the energy industry.

Common Energy UBC
Join one of six action teams to implement sustainability initiatives and practices into all aspects of the UBC community.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

UBC Engineering Co-op
Gain work experience in chemical engineering between study terms.

Innovation OnBoard
Learn about the world of entrepreneurship and join a competition team to develop your entrepreneurial skills.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers Pacific Northwest Student Regional Conference
Compete in the ChemE Jeopardy competition, or the paper or poster competition at the conference held in Term 2.

Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference and Exhibition
Take advantage of the diverse social and technical events specific to students at the annual conference held in October.

Engineering job board
Check out engineering employment opportunities.

Make connections

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 exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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