Your degree in Mechanical Engineering

Skills you’ll develop

While studying Mechanical Engineering, you’re learning to apply your analytical mindset to the design and development of tools, equipment, machines and complex mechanical systems. You’ll develop important skills to investigate how systems work together to take an idea through the design cycle.

These skills may include:

  • Preparation of drawings, schematics, diagrams, plans and schedules from conceptual design to a built prototype
  • Application of heat transfer, fluid dynamics and combustion concepts to design water and air conditioning systems
  • Preparation of material, cost estimates and design specifications for machinery and systems
  • Use of sensors, electronics and actuators, and engineering design skills to develop smart devices (e.g., smartphones and home automation solutions)
  • Application of principles related to solid mechanics, fluid dynamics, kinematics and mechanical design to develop prosthetic devices and surgical instruments
  • Conducting root cause failure analysis to detect faults using a variety of testing methods
  • Usage of design, drafting and modeling software such as SolidWorks and AutoCAD to create detailed drawings and layouts

Career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including aerospace, automotive, renewable energy, oil and gas, automation, mechatronics, aviation and marine management, and product design, 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.

  • Acoustics and vibration engineer
  • Aerodynamics engineer
  • Aerospace structural engineer
  • Applications engineer
  • Automotive engineer
  • Biomedical systems designer
  • Building systems engineer
  • Component engineer
  • Cryogenics engineer
  • Diesel engineer
  • Energy conservation engineer
  • Failure analysis engineer
  • Fluid mechanics engineer
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning engineer
  • Hydraulics engineer
  • Instrumentation and control specialist
  • Integrity engineer
  • Lubrication engineer
  • Maintenance engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Marine engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Mechanical engineering technician
  • Mechatronics engineer
  • Naval architect
  • Nuclear operations engineer
  • Operations engineer
  • Pattern engineer
  • Pipeline engineer
  • Power generation engineer
  • Product design engineer
  • Product safety and compliance engineer
  • Project coordinator
  • Project engineer
  • Project manager
  • Professor or Lecturer
  • Quality control engineer
  • R&D engineer
  • Reservoir engineer
  • Robotics engineer
  • Rotating equipment engineer
  • Shipbuilding engineer
  • Systems analysis engineer
  • Technical sales engineer
  • Test engineer
  • Thermal power engineer
  • Tool 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 Mechanical 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.