Your degree in Manufacturing Engineering

While studying Manufacturing Engineering, you're learning to design optimal industrial environments to produce high-value products for domestic and global markets. You’ll develop important skills to create and integrate new materials and technologies to transform how finished products are made across a spectrum of industries.

These skills may include:

  • Planning and design of factory layouts and facilities and the development of digital models for processes
  • Selection, planning and management of materials, equipment and machinery, including robots, 3D printers, and computer-controlled machines
  • Creation and evaluation of production system activities and sequencing across a range of manufacturing processes, from the production of fuel cells to advanced composite airplanes
  • Conducting time series analyses and motion studies to determine production schedules and output rates
  • Establishment of key performance indicators to measure the productivity of the assembly process
  • Development of maintenance standards and schedules, and carrying out regular plant facility assessments
  • Technical report writing and presentation skills, and the ability to provide strong rationale for design solutions

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including automotive, computer and electronics, biotechnology, robotics, clean energy, agriculture, industrial and government research, consulting, 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.

Advanced manufacturing engineer

Assembly engineer

Auto assembly process engineer

Bill of materials controller

Computer integrated manufacturing engineer

Continuous improvement engineer

Control and instrumentation engineer

Cost and efficiency engineer

Electronics design engineer

Electronics manufacturing technologist

Ergonomics engineer

Fire prevention engineer

Food manufacturing process engineer

Hardware technical architect

Industrial design consultant

Industrial engineer

Industrial products designer

Industrial safety engineer

Machine learning scientist

Manufacturing engineer

Manufacturing technologist

Mechanical designer

Mechatronics and controls engineer

New product designer

Plant operations engineer

Process automation engineer

Product design engineer

Product management engineer

Product manufacturing analyst

Production engineering manager

Quality engineer

Electrical or controls manufacturing engineer

Supply chain and logistics manager

Systems analysis engineer

Technical delivery engineer

Thermal systems engineer

Time study analyst

Tooling engineer

Vehicle design engineer

Virtual modelling manager

Make the most of your program

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

UBC Manufacturing Engineering Club
Attend networking events and social, meet like-minded students, build community, and get involved.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Student Section
Network with peers and professionals, attend guest speaker events, panel presentation and field trips.

UBC Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Student Branch
Attend technical workshops, participate in industry field trips and join student competitions.

UBC Supermileage
Work as part of a diverse team to design and fabricate ultra- fuel-efficient vehicles to compete in annual competitions.

UBC Voyage
Join a group of passionate students interested in promoting green transport and supporting marine research.

UBC Rocket
Gain hands-on technical experience in designing, manufacturing and launching suborbital rockets.

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

Centre for Artificial Intelligence Decision-making and Action
Volunteer your time in a research role focused on the development, analysis, and application of AI systems.

UBC Supply Chain Management Club
Gain exposure to industry professionals in the operations and logistics industry by attending networking events and tours.

UBC BizTech
Participate in case competitions and attend panels and showcases to connect with business and tech professionals.

Get the resources and mentorship support you need to take your startup idea to the next level.

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

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

Engineering job board
Check out engineering employment opportunities.

Internet of Things (IoT) Events
View upcoming events and conferences on new technologies for different sectors.

Canada Makes 3D Challenge
Participate in the Pan-Canadian 3D Printing Design Challenge to compete for a full one-year paid internship and cash prizes.

ACM Student Research Competition
Present your original research at this international student conference in term 2 and receive cash prizes and awards.

Attend the conference, do some industry networking, or join an innovation challenge in term 2.

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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