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“The Materials Department at UBC has a great reputation and is known worldwide.  Rio Tinto Iron Ore hired over 50 engineers in 2007 and supply of qualified engineers does not meet the demand.  You will have every opportunity to take what you learned in class and apply it overseas.”

—Bill Beattie, Rio Tinto Australia, Metallurgical Engineer

Whether you want to work locally or internationally, in a lab or at a mine site, in advanced industry or the developing world, materials engineering can offer a stimulating and rewarding career. 

The unique role of materials engineering means our graduates work in just about every industry – from mining and manufacturing to aerospace, electronics and medicine. 

The valuable skills of our graduates make them in high demand regardless of economic climate and starting salaries are very competitive among engineering graduates.  Many graduates of our program have advanced into leadership roles.

In a recent survey of alumni who graduated since 2000, more than 50% are earning $80,000 or more. MTRL alumni are in diverse engineering roles as well as other fields, including lab manager, metallurgist, R&D portfolio manager, quality manager, senior packaging engineer, project engineer, investment banker and VP Finance.

Materials engineering alumni