Your degree in Wood Products Processing

Skills you'll develop

While studying Wood Products Processing, you’re developing interdisciplinary skills to utilize sustainable resources in manufacturing, building, and engineering while also exploring innovative product potentials for wood and developing business management skills.

These skills may include:

  • Business management and leadership skills
  • Coordination of the production and use of renewable products from wood
  • Analysis of the physical, chemical, and mechanical properties of wood and wood-based products
  • Technical skills in statistics, relational database systems, product design visualization, and programming
  • Understanding of wood products markets and global trade policy issues affecting the industry
  • Operation of wood processing machinery and equipment
  • Manufacturing of wood products, including design, furniture construction, wood finishing, and protection practices
  • Understanding and application of industrial engineering concepts and methods to assess, analyze, and improve organizations and processes
  • Problem-solving relating to quality control, inventory management, and other manufacturing planning
  • Secondary manufacturing of wood products with a focus on material preparation and fabrication, including the use of CNC equipment
  • Planning, drafting, and editing of professional quality documents for specialists and other stakeholders
  • Delivering effective and engaging oral presentations

Career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including business management, product design and development, wood finishing, sales, quality control, marketing, research, and sustainability.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills and competencies, 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.

  • Product Designer
  • Business Analyst
  • Sustainability Manager
  • Energy Operations Manager
  • Design Engineer
  • Researcher
  • Mill Manager
  • International Sales Manager
  • Production Scheduler
  • Specialty Product Sales Manager
  • Sales Analyst
  • Process Control Analyst
  • Marketing Analyst
  • Product Developer
  • Quality Systems Manager
  • Wood Engineer

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify your understanding of 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 exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Wood Products Processing graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

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