UBC Surveying Students in Great Trek, 1922.

Photo Credit: University of British Columbia Archives, Unknown, [UBC 1.1/2602]

1922 - Education and Certification

UBC graduates its first two civil engineering students in 1922, following the passage of the Engineers Act and creation of the Association of Professional Engineers of BC.

Employers were now obligated to hire a registered professional engineer to oversee complex engineering projects, and UBC graduates were allowed to enter the certification process as an “engineer-in-training”.

By 1925, educational opportunities at UBC had expanded beyond civil engineering to also include mining engineering, chemical engineering, and electrical engineering, and played an important role in the career of many new professional engineers.