Your degree in Materials Engineering

While studying Materials Engineering, you're learning to formulate material-selection solutions to diverse product design challenges. You’ll develop important skills to discover and manufacture new materials from extraction to recycling.

These skills may include:

  • Application of principles of thermodynamics, mass, momentum and energy transport, as well as kinetics and mechanics to develop economical and sustainable material solutions
  • Analysis of the physical, chemical, and mechanical structure and properties of materials in relation to how it performs using micro-analytical techniques
  • Production of specifications for moulding, shaping and forming metals, alloys, ceramics, and other materials
  • Creation of systems and procedures to extract, synthesize, and process raw materials into advanced composites and biomaterials
  • Conducting research studies, corrosion, and failure analyses, operational testing, and quality assurance reviews
  • Development and design of equipment, systems, and processes to manufacture new materials
  • Performing material performance evaluations and developing qualification test plans and reports

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including electronics and advanced computers, automotive, medicine, consumer products, mining, equipment design and development, aerospace and manufacturing, 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.

Aerospace design engineer

Asset integrity engineer

Biomechanics research engineer

Biomedical instrumentation technical officer

Ceramics engineer

Chemical engineer

Consulting mining engineer

Corrosion scientist

Electrometallurgical engineer

Extractive engineer

Forensic accident reconstructionist

Foundry project engineer

Hazardous material consultant


Manufacturing engineer

Materials engineer

Materials planner

Materials scientist

Materials testing technologist

Metallurgical engineer

Physical failure analysis engineer

Piping material engineer

Product development manager for apparel

Product safety engineer

Professor or Lecturer

Pyrometallurgical engineer

R&D engineer

Refinery engineer

Safety engineer

Smelting plant engineer

Special process quality engineer

Supply base quality engineer

Textile design engineer

Welding 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 Materials Joint Student Chapter
Participate in social events and industry nights, and learn about opportunities in metals and materials engineering.

UBC Orbit
Gain hands-on technical experience in developing new satellite technologies.

UBC Mars Colony
Develop your technical skills in manufacturing and design and get experience working in a multi-disciplinary team.

UBC Rapid
Collaborate with a team working with open source software or get experience with 3D printing.

Work in a team to design, build, test and race a submarine at the annual competition.

UBC Concrete Canoe
Design, fabricate and race a 20-foot long canoe made of concrete and participate in an annual competition.

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

Materials Engineering Research Colloquium
Learn about graduate research work within the department during this day-long event in December and April of each year.

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.

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

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

Canadian Biomaterials Society, BC Student Chapter
Meet like-minded individuals who share your interest in research in the biomaterials field.

The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society Annual Meeting and Exhibition
Attend the annual meeting held in February and participate in undergraduate student competitions and events.

Women Who Rock
Connect with a mentor in the mining community, get inspired, and learn about career opportunities in the field.

AME Roundup Convention
Attend a mineral exploration industry convention in term 2 and network with professionals.

ASM International, BC Chapter
Join local events to learn about the applications of material processing in industries related to your areas of interest.

Canadian Materials Science Conference
Participate in the student poster competition at the annual conference held in June.

Metallurgy and Materials Society of CIM – Learning Centre
Access the online library for live recordings of conference sessions, workshops, interviews, webinars, and presentations.

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

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