Students can compete at various competitions throughout the year:

The UBC Engineering Competition (UBCEC) is an all-day competition that consists of 7 different competitions for all undergraduate engineering students. Each competition has a unique focus from debate to design. If successful at the UBCEC, students will qualify for the Western Engineering Competition.

The BC Water and Waste Association (BCWWA) Student Design Competition (SDC) promotes "real world" design experience for students interested in pursuing a career and/or education in water and wastewater engineering and sciences. Teams of students prepare and present a conceptual design that addresses the requirements outlined in design criteria established by a BC municipality. The BCWWA SDC is based on the Water Environment Federation (WEF) SDC, held annually at the WEF Technical Exhibition & Conference (WEFTEC). The competition is intended to showcase the abilities and talents of 3rd, 4th year and graduate students in colleges and universities across British Columbia who are interested in the water environment field.

Each year, chemical engineers from a designated company devise and judge a student contest problem that typifies a real, working, chemical engineering design situation. The problem's solution requires a wide range of skills in calculation and evaluation of both technical data and economic factors. There are two competitions – individual and team.

The Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) offers the Hatch Plant Design Competition for students enrolled in undergraduate chemical engineering programs at Canadian Universities. To be eligible, Individuals and groups of undergraduate students registered in chemical engineering programs in Canadian universities during the academic year. As most design projects are carried out in the final year courses, recent graduates are also eligible to apply. To minimize the number of projects to be judged, each chemical engineering department may only submit one entry.

The brand new Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) Minerva – CIAC Responsible Care Case Study Competition took place on October 17, 2016 as part of the Process Safety Management program. A case study, including problem statement and background documents, was provided by the competition hosts.


Students, clubs, and teams looking for support for these and other activities are encouraged to explore the following resources available to them on campus:

  • Faculty of Applied Science Professional Activities Fund: The Professional Activities Fund (PAF) exists to enhance professional development activities in the engineering undergraduate program at UBC Vancouver. It is designed to support co-curricular activities and projects that lie outside of, yet are complementary to, the engineering curriculum.
  • UBC Walter H. Gage Memorial Fund: The Walter Gage Memorial Fund provides financial support for non-curricular student projects and activities that enhance the University’s reputation and have broad interest to students at UBC. The Fund is named after Walter Harry Gage, who served UBC for more than 50 years, five as President (from 1969 to 1975). He served as Acting President for two years ahead of his official acceptance of that office in 1969.
  • Shell Experiential Learning Fund: The Shell Experiential Learning Fund (SELF) provides funding for University of British Columbia students to participate in enhanced educational experiences. Types of activities eligible for funding include, but are not restricted to, student teams, conference sponsorship, and special projects and initiatives.