Field Trips

Field Trips is a funding sub-category falls under Travel & Conferences. The funds help engineering students subsidize travel-related expenses for non-curricular, student-run field trips both within Canada and abroad.

Final Reports


2017 CHBE Global Outreach & Perspectives Project

This project took place in Puerto Vallarta, Jal . Mexico in February 2017 and included both educational and outreach elements. Students toured both water treatment and wastewater treatment facilities with SEAPAL Vallarta. Students also participated in a presentation at a local high school, El Instituto Anglo de Puerto Vallarta.

4rd Year Materials Engineering Field Trip

Annual field trip to visit and tour industry in Washington state for 4th year students in materials engineering.

4th Year Materials Engineering Field Trip

The 4th year field trip to the Seattle area offers Materials Engineering students the chance to explore career options in the area and helps students create even more bonds with their classmates.

ASME Boeing and MTM Tour

The UBC Student Section of ASME provided an opportunity for 40 students to attend a technical tour of Mobile Tool Management and the Boeing Factory in Washington. Students met a UBC APSC alumnus working as managing engineer at MTM and learned about Boeing’s history and the aerospace industry.

Civil Engineering Graduation Trip

The Civil Engineering Graduating Class of 2017 organized a field trip to Jalisco, Mexico's provincial-equivalent water and wastewater treatment facilities. They also participated in an architectural tour in Puerto Vallarta with a well-known architectural professor from their local university. Through these tours, participants gained a better understanding of engineering practices, facilities, and systems outside of Canada. The purpose of this tour is to broaden the participant;s knowledge and perspective of Civil Engineering systems. The graduating class achieved an understanding of how engineering complexity and practices differ between Canada and Mexico. The tours exposed the students to design, construction, and management practices outside of Canada. They learned about the importance of sustainable and global leadership engineering from this international tour as well.

Engineering Physics Graduation Trip 2017

This is Fizz’s second grad trip to the San Francisco/Silicon Valley area. This trip provided 4th and 5th year Engineering Physics students with the opportunity to visit top-tier research universities and cutting edge tech companies such as Stanford, UC Berkeley, Google, and Iris Automation.

GeoRox Graduation Trip

On February 18-27, 2017, 12 upper year geological engineering (GEOE) students travelled to Spain to celebrate their achievements and learn about international geological engineering practice. The students rented cars and drove through the southern region of Spain, staying in hostels along the way. Organized educational activities included a tour of a tunnel boring machine in Barcelona and a tour of the Rio Tinto mine park in Andalucia. Students also stopped at various cultural sites along the way, including the Sagrada Familia and Alhambra of Granada.

Georox Sea to Sky Field Trip

The Georox Sea to Sky Field Trip was an overnight trip to the Squamish area to observe landslides and mitigation efforts related to geological engineering. Students were accompanied by industry members. Students gained hands on experience related to their degree.

Georox Term 1 Field Trip

The Georox Term 1 field trip was an overnight trip to the Manning Park area to visit an operational open pit copper mine and associated mill. Students were given a guided tour of the copper mine by employees of the copper mine. Students were able to see how an open pit mine functions, put their education in context, and learn about potential career opportunities. Students also had the chance to tour the Othello tunnels on the return drive to UBC.

GeoRox Term 2 Field Trip

On March 25th – 26th, 2017, 35 geological engineering students visited the Hope Slide, Debris Flow Creek, and the Staves Fall Dam. The Othello tunnels were closed for the shoulder season so students were alternatively able to benefit from a tour of the Staves Fall Dam. Students stayed overnight at the Manning Park Resort and travelled between site via student drivers. Professors Dr. Scott McDougall and Dr. Erik Eberhardt accompanied students on the trip to provide insight on the sites visited and impart words of wisdom.

IEEE Japan Field Trip

The event was a planned two week international field trip to Japan, with the primary goal of visiting Japanese technology organizations (companies, universities, government agencies etc.) Participants would have gone on site tours of these organizations, seen the technical facilities and met with engineers and managers who work there.

Materials Engineering 3rd Year Field Trip

Every fall third-year students from the UBC Materials Engineering Department have organized a trip to the greater Toronto area to tour the local materials engineering industries. This trip provides the students with the opportunity to gain first-hand exposure to the wide range of engineering projects and their practical impact and implementation in society. Students are able to relate the theoretical concepts from metallurgical and manufacturing practice learned in class and see how they are applied in various industry.

Mining Grad Research Trip 2017

The annual UBC Mining Graduate Research Trip has been a tradition in our department since 2005. Since the first trip to Brazil, students have been all over the world to places like China, Australia, and Indonesia. The goal of these trips is to learn about mining challenges, opportunities, and solutions in a culture other than our own. As we believe mining to be a truly global industry, we hope to take these experiences and apply them throughout our careers. This year we chose South Africa and Botswana for many reasons. This included the diversity and wealth of mineral deposits in the area, the vastly different culture to our own in Canada, and the opportunity to learn about a part of the world we have never seen.

Silicon Valley Trip

The Silicon Valley Trip is a week long trip in San Francisco consisting of roughly a dozen company tours and networking events. We start planning in the summer to coordinate and maximize value and variety and cater to both Electrical and Computer engineering students with a broad spectrum of technologies.

UBC IEEE International Field Trip 2018

Every year, the UBC IEEE student branch organizes an international field trip wherein students visit one or more technologically advanced cities. Singapore was chosen as the destination for this year’s field trip because it is currently ranked as one of the world's top smart cities for a variety of reasons. These include a leading edge network infrastructure and its application to areas such as sustainability and public transport. This year’s itinerary included organizations such as the Institute of Infocomm Research, which exposed students to smart city solutions; smart technology research groups such as the LILY Lab for assisted elder living at the Nanyang Technological University, which conducts research on optimizing the living conditions of the local elderly population.