Your degree in Mechanical Engineering

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

Explore 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 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.

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 understanding of your values and interests.

UBC Club MECH
Attend a variety of social events and participate in club activities to meet other mechanical engineering students.

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

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers
Learn about the design of energy efficient green buildings, attend talks, tours and other professional events.

UBC Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Join one of the top UAV teams in Canada to develop autonomous drones.

Formula UBC
Design, build, test, and race a new single-seat race car in the Formula SAE Michigan collegiate design series.

UBC AeroDesign
Work as part of a team to design, build and fly a radio-controlled fixed-wing aircraft at the annual SAE competition.

UBC Formula Electric
Join a multidisciplinary team to build an electric formula-style race car to compete in the annual international competition.

UBC BAJA
Join a group of students passionate about off-road racing and compete at the annual Baja SAE competitions.

UBC Solar
Learn to build your ideas, develop your technical skills, and work in an interdisciplinary team.

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

UBC Aviation Club
Participate in the YVR Control tower tour, fly outs and other activities to learn about airport operations and airplane design.

Biomedical Engineering Graduate Student Association
Get paired with a graduate student mentor to gain insights into the biomedical engineering field.

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

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

Creative Destruction Lab Health Stream
Get the resources and mentorship support you need to take your health innovation idea to the next level.

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

More information

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