Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc)

Mechanical Engineering

Investigate practical, hands-on ways of creating and improving physical systems to meet the demand of modern industries, from aircraft and energy systems to biomedical, mechatronics and manufacturing.

mechanicalengineeringUBC Okanagan's Mechanical Engineering students use practical, hands-on ways of creating and improving physical systems.

What You Need to Know

Why study Mechanical Engineering at UBC’s Okanagan campus?

Earn while you learn 
Develop international insights, industry connections, and job experience while completing a paid Engineering Co-op work term in BC, across Canada, or anywhere in the world.

Design from the start 
Begin your studies with project-based team learning, which provides foundational engineering skills and strengthens design projects. Work in state-of-the-art facilities for robotics, mechatronics, materials and manufacturing, microfluids and more.

Research connections 
Tap into research opportunities and the expertise of renowned UBC Okanagan professors who program robots, design bio-materials, operate microfluidic lab-on-a-chip systems, advance manufacturing processes, and much more.

Program Overview

The path to a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) degree begins at the School of Engineering in the Faculty of Applied Science with Engineering One & Two—foundation years rooted in project-based team learning.

Students acquire a broad understanding of engineering principles within Applied Sciences (APSC) before selecting one of three Engineering (ENGR) programs, including Mechanical Engineering. All lead to a UBC Bachelor of Applied Science degree. Course content is amplified through lectures, hands-on laboratory work in cutting-edge facilities, team-based projects and early design experience. You will also be immersed in active industry and community involvement. 

Many third- and fourth-year students gain valuable employment skills locally and abroad through the Engineering Co-op program.

The teaching approach in Mechanical Engineering combines hands-on activities with traditional academic teaching to give you the practical and analytical skills needed to become a successful engineer. Working with your favourite professors, you can also delve deeper into areas you’re passionate about: automotives, biomechanics, robotics and mechatronics, energy, and aerospace.

The Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers.


At UBC's Okanagan campus, first-year Engineering One curriculum in Applied Sciences includes fundamentals of sustainable engineering design, drawing and CAD/CAM, electricity, magnetism, dynamics and technical communication.

Students proceeding to second year have the option of continuing their Engineering program in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, or Electrical Engineering at the UBC Okanagan campus.

Browse first- and second-year Applied Science courses and descriptions.

Browse all Engineering courses in third and fourth years.

Sample courses in Mechanical Engineering:

  • ENGR 380 – Mechanical Engineering Design I
  • ENGR 387 – Vibration of Mechanical Systems

Degree Options

Review the School of Engineering's Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) program details in the Okanagan Academic Calendar, a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services, and academic policies at The University of British Columbia.

Engineering Co-op
Co-operative work-placement opportunities exist for engineering students. Earn a degree and relevant, paid work experience at the same time. Apply through the Engineering Co-operative Education Office in September of Year 2 or Year 3 of the BASc degree program. Learn more about the Engineering Co-op Program.

More options:

  • Minor in Management
  • Minor in Computer Science
  • Pre-Med Option
  • Mechatronics (subject to Senate approval, 2018)
  • Advanced Manufacturing Engineering program (2019)
  • Software Engineering program (2019)
  • Biomedical Engineering program (2019)

Learn about graduate studies at the School of Engineering.


British Columbia High School Requirements

Deadlines and Fees

Application Deadlines
Plan ahead to ensure you meet important deadlines and other target dates listed at

Tuition Fees
UBC Okanagan's fees compare favourably with universities of the same high calibre. See Financial Planning for helpful resources, and add up your first-year costs with our Cost Calculator.

How to Apply

Apply to UBC's School of Engineering at — there are just five steps in the application process. Before long, you could be studying at one of the world's top universities.

Check out the steps to apply to UBC, and be sure to choose "Okanagan campus."

Or let our Student Recruitment & Advising experts guide you: call 1-877-807-8521.

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Your Career Options

Earn a UBC degree respected by employers around the globe. Mechanical Engineering studies prepare students to engineer solutions for mechanical systems in a wide range of sectors, including construction, biomedical, aircraft, power and manufacturing.


Occupations and Employers

  • Product design engineer
  • Control and instrumentation specialist
  • Piping designer
  • Hydraulics engineer
  • Biomedical systems designer
  • Computer Assisted Design (CAD) specialist
  • Research and Development advisor
  • Systems analysis engineer
  • Numerical simulation engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Automation specialist
  • Materials engineer
  • Micro systems designer
  • Energy conversion specialist
  • HVAC engineer
  • Thermal systems engineer
  • Fuel cell specialist
  • Pipeline engineer
  • Project manager
  • Maintenance engineer

Potential Employers

  • Government, research, industry, and military organizations
  • Management and consulting enterprises
  • Oil and gas, aerospace, biotechnology, automotive, construction, mining, automation and robotics industries
  • Architectural, engineering, and related services
  • Manufacturers of machinery, transportation equipment, computer and electronic products; fabricated metal, automotive

Further Studies

The School of Engineering at UBC's Okanagan campus recruits Master of Applied Science (MASc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) graduate students to study in our world-class research programs in Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.

The course-based Master of Engineering (MEng) program is designed for engineering graduates who want to advance their careers with enhanced technical and management knowledge.

The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) is a 12-month, full-time professional Masters program that equips industry specialists with the skills and perspective needed to lead and deliver complex, cross-discipline projects and operational results in natural resource industries. This program is suited to students who wish to pursue their education in Resource Engineering Management beyond the undergraduate level, but who do not wish to pursue a thesis research program. (First offering in 2018, pending final approval by the Ministry of Advanced Education.)

Gain Valuable Experience

Learning experiences beyond the classroom help prepare you for a career and life after university. Expand your horizons while studying abroad, conducting meaningful research, or working in the community with your UBC colleagues.

Travel and Learn

  • See the world through Go Global, a UBC program that allows students to complete courses or conduct research at one of more than 150 international partner institutions in 45 countries worldwide.
  • Apply for funding through the Professional Activities Fund (PAF) and take part in a competition, conference, or field trip.
  • Travel to conferences or competitions with financial assistance available through the Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund, which provides financial support up to $3,500.

Undergraduate Research

Follow your ideas and get a head start on your career with experience in Engineering research.

  • In the Mechanical discipline, the School of Engineering undertakes research in areas such as manufacturing, biomechanics and thermofluidics.
  • Work with renowned professors exploring diverse themes in a variety of areas including thermofluidics, biomechanics, mechatronics, manufacturing, and much more.

Scholarships & Awards

Get a financial boost to start your research experience and help pay for travel and other expenses. Merit-based cash awards also look impressive on your resumé.

Work Opportunities

  • Gain work experience and get paid while taking part in Co-op, a program that allows students to supplement their studies with professional on-the-job training in BC, Canada, or abroad. Contact UBC Okanagan’s Engineering Co-op Program Office by phone at 250.807.9279 or email.
  • Apply your knowledge to a real-world engineering challenge as part of Capstone, a team-based consulting project that provides students with invaluable experience, industry connections, and something to talk about at that first big job interview.
  • Learn through doing, create strong connections, and develop professional skills with a campus job arranged by UBC’s Work Study Program.
  • Meet a community need and get practical experience by volunteering for a Community Service Learning project—a life-changing experience.

Meet Your Peers and Profs

Find out what students, faculty and alumni have to say about the School of Engineering program at UBC's Okanagan campus:
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Jessica Van Brummelen, UBC Alumna

“I’ve gained a passion to learn about how the world around me works, and to think creatively.”

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Abbas Milani, UBC Professor

“The university knows why and the industry knows how—these two need to be linked.”

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Graham Pavlik, UBC Alumnus

"I like working on local projects and seeing the effects they have on the community."

Welcome to UBC's Okanagan Campus

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the Engineering program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.

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Tour the Campus

  • Get a glimpse into life on UBC’s Okanagan campus at
  • Take a virtual tour of our state-of-the-art labs, modern facilities, campus residences.
  • Visit the campus for a personal guided tour led by a student ambassador.
  • Tour the campus, city and lake with this interactive 360-degree Kelowna From Above* video.
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Day One: What to Expect

On the first day of university, faculties offer "Meet the Dean" sessions where you can get to know the Dean, professors, and the staff who provide student support. It’s all part of UBC Okanagan’s new student orientation: CREATE.

Attend an orientation tailored to your needs as an aboriginal student, domestic student, international student, or student living in residence. You can even register your parents for an orientation that includes a workshop and campus tour.

Academic Support

  • Take advantage of Learning Support Services designed to help you succeed. Student Services offers a variety of support programs, from study sessions to tutoring and writing workshops.

  • The Library’s Writing and Research Centre can help you articulate your ideas and pursue your research in a range of subject areas and scholarly genres including essay writing, grammar, presentation skills, punctuation, thesis development, and course work.

  • Peer mentors are a great resource—ask questions and learn from students who've been there, done that.


Get involved and stay active with amenities and opportunities such as workout space in the new Hangar Fitness Centre, athletic courts, fitness classes and varsity athletics.

Learn more at Sports and Recreation, which includes links to fitness facilities, sport clubs, intramurals and recreation programs, as well as the nationally ranked UBC Okanagan Heat varsity teams that compete in the Canada West Universities Athletics Association.


Clubs and Associations

Living in Residence

Meet new people while living in a study-oriented environment with easy access to academic and personal support. UBC Okanagan offers modern residence living surrounded by hiking and biking trails. One of the newest residences, Purcell, includes a rooftop patio that offers a panoramic view of the campus and the Okanagan Valley.

Find out more about living in residence.

The Okanagan: What to Expect

UBC’s Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of more than 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada.

More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna's cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the Top 10 busiest airports in Canada.

UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university’s respect for sustainability.

A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.

Explore the Okanagan lifestyle.


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