Advanced Materials Manufacturing

Course Information

The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Advanced Materials Manufacturing offers a bold approach to professional graduate education in engineering. Sixty per cent of the courses you’ll take are technical in nature and offered through the UBC Faculty of Applied Science. The remaining 40 per cent are business courses offered through UBC Sauder School of Business.

Many courses use a flipped classroom format. This means you are expected to independently review course content ahead of classroom time, through assigned readings and lecture videos. The classes themselves are then an opportunity for engaged learning – discussing and applying what you’ve learned through case studies, group project work, experiments and demonstrations.

Course Overview

AMM Course

Winter term: January to April

MTRL 515: Advanced Simulation & Modelling Tools for Materials Manufacturing

Modern materials manufacturing involves multi-material solutions to create e.g. new automobiles, aircraft or gas turbines. The course will introduce concepts in advanced numerical modelling and commercial software tools focusing on thermal, fluid flow and continuum mechanics analyses in materials manufacturing.

MTRL Technical Elective

Options include (other MTRL elective courses may be available with approval from the program director):

MTRL 471: Nanofibre Technology

Introduction to nanomaterials in the form of fibres and composites, including processing, structure, characterization methods, properties, and modeling.

MTRL 475: Microstructure Engineering

This course follows the production of metallurgical products, focusing on process design models used to describe solidification, recrystallization and precipitation.

MTRL 494: Composite Materials

This course deepens students’ understanding of the properties and the mechanical behaviour of composite materials, with an emphasis on analysis, design and manufacturing.

APPP 503: Organizational Leadership

Understand the behaviour of people and groups and how this applies to management and leadership within professional organizations. This course explores motivation, group dynamics, organizational structure, leadership styles and tools for assessing organizational effectiveness. The course is collaboratively delivered with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.

BA 580B: Strategy & Innovation

This course provides an introduction to the principles and frameworks of strategic management, as well as concepts surrounding the creation or expansion of innovation capabilities, within organizations. Strategic management involves analysis, planning and execution of initiatives that achieve objectives in support of organizational goals. Innovation generally involves the development of revolutionary new or evolutionary improvements to existing ideas, methods, products, services, or combinations thereof that are adopted. The course will also consider the changing nature of organizational strategy and innovation in an environment of increasing globalization, digitization and automation. Entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship will be recurring themes throughout the course. The course will emphasize actionable lessons and models that students, regardless of their professional or academic backgrounds, can apply in practice to create tangible and valuable outcomes across organizational types, growth stages, and industries.

APPP 505: Analytics & Interpretation for Applied Sciences

Professionals who can manage analytics and “big data” are highly sought after by companies across the world. This course will provide students with the opportunity to identify, interpret and utilize key analytics from real-world data sets. Graduates will feel comfortable with the latest data collection methods, measurement and presentation tools, be able to interpret data and identify trends, and understand the role of big data and predictive analytics across several different industries.

Summer term: May to August

MTRL 512: Material Optimization for the Manufacturing of Structural Metallic Components – May & June

The course surveys the role of microstructure, phase transformations and mechanical behaviour on the manufacturability of structural metallic components. Case studies will be used to expose students to concepts related to process simulation in the automotive paint bake cycle and controlled mechanical anisotropy in sheet metal forming, with particular emphasis on structure-property development relevant to the latest materials manufacturing technologies.

APPP 504: Business Acumen for Technical Leaders

An asset to the aspiring technical leader, business acumen is knowing how business works and applying that knowledge with the goal of business improvement. This course offers an elevated perspective of how technical skills contribute to building value in a business. The course immerses aspiring technical leaders in the practical application of core business skills and the development of six core business competencies, which are presented as modules: Managerial Accounting, Strategy and Performance, Market Evaluation, Operations Management, Negotiations and Contract Management and Business-Case Building and Valuation. This course is collaboratively delivered with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.

Fall term: September to December

MTRL 517: Case Studies in Advanced Materials Manufacturing

This course gives students the opportunity to analyze a full spectrum of design in materials manufacturing, including the design of the components, structures and processes used to manufacture materials. Current materials and processes for advanced multi-material engineering components will be investigated. An emphasis will be placed on evaluating producibility and manufacturing risks for different materials and process solutions.

MTRL 594: Advanced Composite Materials

This course focuses on the processing and properties of advanced polymer-based composite materials with an emphasis on analysis, design and manufacturing.

MTRL Technical Elective

Options include (other MTRL elective courses may be available with approval from the program director):

MTRL 442: Coatings and Surface Modification

This course explores strategies for ceramic and metallic coatings by melting-solidification, from the vapour state and from solution, and methods of surface modification.

MTRL 472: Welding and joining

This course examines case studies addressing temperature modelling in welding and joining, material selection for welds and joints, calculation of properties for welds and joints, mechanical analysis of joints, and the design of welding and joining procedures.

MTRL 585: Topics in Fracture Mechanics

This course explores the equations and concepts of linear elastic fracture mechanics, including fracture toughness testing, statistical theories of fracture and proof testing, stress corrosion cracking and static fatigue, and acoustic emission and other non-destructive testing methods. Students will examine case studies of large-scale fractures of pressure vessels and structures.

UBC Sauder School of Business Courses

Students can choose a UBC Sauder Business Course to gain greater exposure to a particular area of interest. Options include (subject to change):

BA580B – 201: Strategy & Innovation

This course provides an introduction to the principles and frameworks of strategic management, as well as concepts surrounding the creation or expansion of innovation capabilities, within organizations.

BASC 550: Operations and Logistics

This course will introduce students to the key concepts and tools needed to understand and effectively manage supply chains and business operations in general. A key concept in this course is the “business process”, and managing and improving such processes.

BAMA 505-001: Business Development

This course uses the Business Development = Sales = Essential skill for business people = everyone today is in the business of selling thinking. This course is focused on the learning of foundational skills with the intention of enabling students to create better and more successful selling encounters in whatever career they pursue.

APPP 502: Sustainability & Leadership

This course helps students build skills to lead change that influences the triple bottom line and explores concepts related to sustainability, change agency systems thinking, awareness and perspective for engagement and communication, adaptive leadership, and change dynamics. It also incorporates case studies in organizational and social change. This course is collaboratively delivered with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.