Transcend boundaries and prepare to work collaboratively in today’s increasingly cross-functional workplaces. Integrated Engineering graduates excel in diverse fields of engineering including construction, product/project management, manufacturing, advanced technology development and resource industries.
UBC’s Integrated Engineering degree provides baseline education in core engineering subjects like materials, solid mechanics, fluid mechanics and systems, but the most compelling focus is design. Our program includes three full-year design courses—more than any other engineering degree. This provides an unparalleled opportunity for students to work cooperatively as they design, build and test products and devices—and graduate with a design portfolio to present to prospective employers.
Design a multi-faceted career where creative collaboration is celebrated.
Why study this program
Biomedical Engineering graduates are able to work in a variety of different fields. Common areas of focus they can pursue include: cell-based therapeutics, regenerative medicine, gene therapy, engineered organs, imaging technology: X-Rays, CT scans, ultrasound, MRI; neural engineering, wearable technology, surgical implants, surgical instrumentation, data mining, machine learning, drug design and gene finding to improve patient outcomes related to disease and pathophysiology.
Courses & specializations
Integrated Engineers choose a major, minor, and tertiary discipline in which they have to fulfill their technical electives in.
Students will first complete a foundational first year of engineering and then take specialized courses beginning in second year, once they are placed into their engineering discipline. Here is a sample of the courses Integrated Engineering students can take in each year of study.
|CPEN 312||Digital Systems and Microcomputers|
|IGEN 230||Intro to Engineering Design|
|MECH 260||Intro to Mechanics of Materials|
|CHBE 244||Thermodynamics I|
|MTRL 280||Materials in Design|
|IGEN 330||Intermediate Engineering Design|
|ELEC 344||Applied Electronics and Electromechanics|
|CHBE 356||Process Dynamics|
|IGEN 430||Advanced Engineering Design|
|MINE 455||Mine Water Management|
|APSC 450||Professional Engineering Practice|
|MTRL 340||Manufacturing in Materials Engineering|
Enhance Your Education (further education)
Graduates looking to continue their education can pursue professional programs and graduate studies. The analytical and problem-solving skills students gain from an undergraduate engineering degree translate well into the qualities needed for Medical and Law School. These students also make strong candidates for a master’s degree in Engineering or Applied Science.
Graduates of Integrated Engineering are well equipped to pursue careers in a wide range of industries and can choose to pursue a diverse number of engineering roles. Example titles for Integrated Engineering graduates include: controls engineer, design engineer, estimating engineer, maintenance engineer, manufacturing engineer, mechanical design engineer, process engineer, product support engineer, research engineer, structural engineer and more.
Both current students and graduates are able to work for a wide range of employers. Some of the biggest employers of Integrated Engineering students over the past several years include: BC Hydro, Chatwin Engineering Ltd, BC Ferries Corporation, ACRO Helipro, Impasco Minerals Inc, Suncor Energy Inc, Public Works and Government Services Canada, Magpower Systems, Metro Vancouver, Microsemi, Baylis Medical Company, Hydro One Networks, PepsiCo Canada and SNC Lavalin.
Design teams & clubs
There are over 30 Engineering Design Teams at UBC. Joining an engineering design team is an excellent opportunity for students from all disciplines to collaborate on a wide variety of design projects and gain relevant teamwork, leadership, and technical skills transferrable to future careers. Integrated Engineering students are members of a wide variety of teams and can join ones that best suit their interests.
See the full list of UBC’s Engineering Design Teams.
Minors & Dual Degrees
Engineering students are able to complement their studies with 5 Minors available or a Dual Degree with Arts. Students interested in a minor can apply to their chosen option in their third year of study. A minor or dual degree will likely extend your degree past 4 years.
Participation in the Applied Science Co-op Education program gives students the opportunity to gain up to 20 months of paid relevant work experience during their degree. This experience provides an excellent opportunity for students to explore different industries, apply their studies to the working world, and create connections with future employers. The Co-op program will extend your four year degree to five years. Participation is optional and students apply to join Co-op in their second year of study.
Students can embark on an unforgettable experience abroad while earning credits towards their engineering studies. Opportunities include the Coordinated International Experience (CIE) exchange program, the Go Global exchange program, and the Global Engineering Leadership courses. The CIE program is customized for Applied Science students and features 18 international partner institutions across 3 regions. All of the international experiences have generous funding opportunities and allow for students to build an international network of peers, professors, and potential employers.