About the Manufacturing Engineering Program

The Manufacturing Engineering (MANU) Program is the Faculty of Applied Science’s newest undergraduate program. Students in the MANU program gain broad exposure to foundational engineering disciplines, training across a range of major manufacturing processes and platforms, and understanding of modern production management and manufacturing practices.  These include newly emerging practices in digital modelling, virtual machining, additive manufacturing and composites. The program is hosted by the Materials Engineering Department and Mechanical Engineering Department at UBC Vancouver, drawing on the skills and expertise of both departments.

About Capstone

In the Manufacturing Engineering Capstone course, teams of 3-5 senior students work on industry-relevant projects proposed by Capstone partners, including industry and academic organizations. Each team is supervised by a faculty member who provides technical and managerial guidance, promoting best practices within each team. As a sponsor and partner, you are the client.

The subject of the projects should include general manufacturing engineering problems. Students are familiar with the following areas:


Metal processing

                Heat treating


Polymer processing

                Injection moulding

                Vacuum thermoforming

                3D printing

Composite material processing

                Wet layup

                Prepreg processing

                Vacuum infusion





Production management and planning

Software engineering

Cross Campus Collaboration (UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan)

The Manufacturing Engineering Program is hosted across both campuses. The Capstone course offers students the opportunity to work with cross-campus teams to encourage interdisciplinary skillsets within the same project team.

Benefits to your Organization

  • Exploration of research/development opportunities utilizing the expertise of UBC faculty, staff and students
  • Access to world-class research facilities and expert technical personnel in the Materials Engineering Department and Mechanical Engineering Department
  • Engagement with the next class of new graduates to facilitate recruitment and networking
  • Exploration of products or services that are outside of your organization’s current business plan
  • Introduction of your organization to the UBC academic community
  • A low-cost/low-risk way to explore uncertain business opportunities

Capstone Program Engagement

The Manufacturing Engineering Program invites you to propose a project to our students that will prepare them for employment and in turn give you an opportunity to meet the next generation of graduates.

A Capstone instructor assesses each proposal and provides feedback to you (the client). You are invited to revise your proposal based on the instructor’s feedback. Clients with successful proposals have the option to pitch their proposals to the Capstone students in early September. By the second week of September, each student bids on projects by ranking their top five preferred projects. This ranking is used to form teams.

Our students and faculty would be working towards developing potential solutions with you from September and April. You will have ample opportunity to be actively engaged in the development of solutions.

Commitment and Resources

Time Commitment

Partners will have a time commitment of approximately 10 to 15 hours over the course of eight months. This will typically take the form of meetings, supporting students with technical problems, and reviewing their work.


Project teams are provided with a budget to facilitate their work. To make this a successful partnership and a sustainable model, it is our hope that you and your organization will commit in a similar fashion, depending on the needs of the project. 

Submit a Project or Request More Information

Our Call for Proposals is now open!  You can submit a project proposal using the following link:

You may also contact one of the Capstone coordinators if you have questions:

Christoph Sielmann:

Casey Keulen: