Your degree in Environmental Engineering

While studying Environmental Engineering, you're learning to use science and technology to design and implement green solutions to mitigate climate change and other challenges facing our society. You’ll develop important skills and ways of thinking that can lead us to a more sustainable future.

These skills may include:

  • Analysis, evaluation and monitoring of air, water and soil quality, and developing clean-up procedures for contaminated sites
  • Application of fluid dynamics, soil mechanics and open channel hydrology flow to plan and develop sustainable solutions to civil works and projects
  • Development and implementation of prevention and control technologies such as air pollution control, soil remediation and solid waste management
  • Collaboration through projects with an interdisciplinary team of experts
  • Conducting impact studies and technical analyses of field data to identify hazards and risks of engineering projects to the public and environment
  • Technical writing skills to prepare environmental reports, assessments, remediation plans and proposals
  • Usage of modeling, surveying, and programming software such as AutoCAD and ArcGIS

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including agriculture, forestry, manufacturing, construction, remediation and waste management, mining, power utilities, and energy distribution networks, 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.

Bioresource engineer

Building energy consultant

Construction project engineer

Corrosion engineer

Dairy plant engineer

Energy and sustainability engineer

Energy conservation engineer

Energy specialist

Environmental chemical engineer

Environmental engineer

Environmental health officer

Environmental impact analyst

Environmental program manager

Environmental scientist

Extractive engineer

Food technology engineer

Green energy engineer

Health and safety environmental manage

Hydraulics engineer


Industrial efficiency engineer

Intermediate environmental planner 

Manufacturing engineer

Mechanical design engineer

Municipal engineer

Pipeline transport engineer

Pollution control engineer

Quality assurance engineer

Reclamation and remediation project specialist

Refinery process engineer

Renewable energy analyst

Structural engineer

Sustainable development consultant

Systems application engineer

Waste reduction education program officer

Water treatment 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 Environmental Engineering Student Association
Access academic support resources and learning opportunities, go on field trips, and participate in other social events.

UNBC Environmental Engineering Student Association
Participate in external events, conferences and competitions to build your network of peers and connect with industry.

Join a multidisciplinary team to tackle global sustainability issues through technology.

UBC WasteNauts
Apply your technical skills to design and build products and automation systems from campus waste products.

UBC Third Quadrant Design
Develop your technical skills and work in a team to design high performance buildings and green infrastructure.

UBC Climate Hub
Facilitate the sharing of climate knowledge to empower youth to become "climate ambassadors" in their own communities.

UBC Sustainability research opportunities
Participate in research and project-based roles to advance sustainability at UBC and in the region.

UBC Environmental Policy Association
Learn about the impact of global climate change policies through various discussion-based events.

UBC Social Enterprise Club
Connect with social enterprise organizations and collaborate with like-minded peers and professionals.

AMS Sustainability
Access resources and funding of up to $15,000 to support your sustainability-related initiative or project.

UBC Sustainability programs and clubs
Browse on-campus paid and volunteer opportunities related to sustainability.

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

UBC Student Environment Centre
Access funding for projects that address environmental and sustainability issues.

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

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

Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions internships
Apply your classroom knowledge to real-world settings through climate change mitigation or adaptation projects.

Conference on Sustainability in Engineering
Attend the annual conference held in February to learn from professionals passionate about creating a sustainable future.

ECO Canada job board
Check out environmental 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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