Arman Hariri Thrives In The Holistic, Integrated Nature Of Manufacturing Engineering

"I’m grateful to have these different experiences, and it goes back again to the adaptability that manufacturing engineering provides."

Arman Hariri

Arman Hariri

  • Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Program:
  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Year: 3rd year as of September 2023

Why did you want to study engineering?

Growing up, I was always curious about how things work – like taking toys apart to see how the parts fit together. My interests always seemed to involve understanding the science behind the things around me, so towards the end of high school, engineering seemed like a clear choice. 

Engineering also offered a way to look at the big problems around us and come up with ways to reinvent solutions that could make the world a bit better, one step at a time.

Why engineering is the most versatile degree

How did you decide on UBC?

I applied to several universities in Canada, but my first choice was always UBC. I definitely wanted to stay local, in the beautiful surroundings of BC, and UBC’s internationally renowned engineering program solidified my choice. Another thing that stood out was the generalized structure of first-year engineering, which allows you to try out a little bit of everything to see where your interests are.

Foundation Year  

UBC's Internationally Renowned Engineering Program

How did you choose Manufacturing Engineering? 

I didn’t even know about the manufacturing engineering program coming into UBC, as it’s one of the newest programs. I learned about it midway through first year, and it had the perfect mix of topics I was interested in, from mechanical engineering concepts to materials engineering, process design and a little bit of electrical and computer engineering as well.

The program takes a holistic approach towards manufacturing and design, where you learn every step of bringing a product to life, including the initial mechanical design, material selection and large-scale manufacturing processes. 

There are also a lot of industrial engineering concepts about automating processes, optimizing production and understanding the management and finance side of things. You’re basically learning adaptability, and how to combine all of these things into a holistic process.

Manufacturing engineering

What are some of the highlights of your university education so far?

One of the definite highlights would be the year-long design courses, where you learn about the many different types of manufacturing processes in a very hands-on way. You’re learning about carbon fibre composites, machining, 3D printing, metal casting, plastic injection molding, thermoforming and so much more. After that, you put these skills together in your upper years to create production-scale projects. 

Outside of my courses, another highlight has been being part of an incredible design team for the last two years.

Design courses

Tell us about your involvement with UBC Formula Electric.

I’m part of the UBC Formula Electric team that is designing a high-performance fully electric race car roughly the size of a go-kart. We had one of our most successful competitions last year, competing in the US against over 60 universities. 

Our team is completely student run, and we build the car from scratch – from drafting all the components and welding the chassis to building a custom electrical system. 

With engineering it’s easy to just think about the pure science and theories, but actually doing all of these hands-on things and seeing the final car go over 100 km/h in front of your eyes is very rewarding.

UBC Formula Electric


UBC Formula Electric Team

Any co-op or work experiences you’d like to share?

Certainly. I did my first co-op last summer as a research assistant to a postdoctoral fellow in geotechnical engineering here at UBC. I was analyzing soil-to-pipeline friction to improve pipeline safety during landslides and earthquakes and contributing to published research. Recently, I’ve secured a co-op position with GCT Canada, one of Canada’s largest shipping ports, working in mechanical and process analysis of projects like automated cranes used for sorting shipping containers. 

I’m grateful to have these different experiences, and it goes back again to the adaptability that manufacturing engineering provides.

Co-op  GCT Canada


Why Co-op? Launch Your Career While Still A Student

Why did you decide to get involved in the Manufacturing Engineering Undergraduate Club?

I decided to run for the position of President of the Manufacturing Engineering Undergraduate Club to help build a positive student community by working with the department and other student groups in various academic and social initiatives. I saw it as a chance to step out of my comfort zone, and it’s been a lot of fun meeting new people and trying something new!

Manufacturing Engineering Undergraduate Club

Do you have any specific goals for the next two years of your degree?

My main goal is to continue diversifying my experiences and skills. 

I’d like to learn as much as I can in different areas of engineering and learn how to apply this towards tackling problems in impactful industries, such as transportation or renewable energy.

Do you have any thoughts on the type of impact you’d like to make in your career?

I would love to work on a team that’s on the forefront of innovation in design, technology and production, as those leading-edge advancements can be scaled to drive development around the world. 

It would be great to do work on a global scale in terms of addressing problems that are pertinent for the longevity of our planet, such as sustainable energy, cleaner transportation and health-care accessibility.  

Do you have any advice for students who are considering engineering?

Embrace your curiosity. 

There are so many challenges in the world, so we need people who question the status quo and continue asking new questions. 

If there’s anything that interests you, anything that you’re truly passionate about, be curious and unafraid to ask as many questions as you can.

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