Your degree in Manufacturing Engineering

Skills you'll develop

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

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 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.

  • 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 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 Manufacturing 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.