Your degree in Chemical Engineering

Skills you’ll develop

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

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 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.

  • 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 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 Engineering graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

More information

From your Applied Science degree, you’ll develop skills and experiences that can translate into many career paths. Check out other things you can do with your Engineering degree.