Pipeline Engineering at UBC


The Faculty of Applied Science has introduced three courses in pipeline engineering, IGEN 450, 451, 452 that will be of interest to students in several of the Faculty’s BASc programs.  Students may complete one or more of three pipeline engineering courses through their choice of technical electives.

Read more about the Pipeline Integrity Institute (PII), the UBC group which supports the operation of these three courses:



The following provides details of the courses.

Course Descriptions

Calendar descriptions of the three courses are as follows:

  • IGEN 450 (3) Pipeline Engineering.  Pipeline materials and material selection; fracture mechanics; manufacturing and processing; welding and corrosion; soil-pipe interactions; surveying and site investigations; slope stability; natural hazards; pipeline loads and response. [3-0-0].  Prerequisites: Either MECH 222 or all of: APSC 278; CIVL 215 or MTRL 263; and CIVL 230 or MECH 260
  • IGEN 451 (3) Pipeline Systems and Infrastructure.  Energy infrastructure; pipe flows; equipment & facilities including compressors, pumping stations, coolers and controls; terminals; pipeline integrity; corrosion control. [3-0-0].  Prerequisites: Either MECH 222 or all of: APSC 278; CIVL 215 or MTRL 263; and CIVL 230 or MECH 260
  • IGEN 452 (3) Pipeline Design.  Pipeline and pipeline system design reflecting applicable policies, regulations, design codes and design guidelines; construction management and construction techniques; risk assessment and mitigation; linear optimization; route selection; field monitoring and testing; technical design project. [2-0-2].  Prerequisite: IGEN 450.


Interactions with Industry

Students registered in the Pipeline Engineering courses who are also registered in the Co-op program are encouraged to seek a work term relating to pipeline engineering.  To facilitate this, the Co-op Office will advise students, upon request, those employers who are active in the pipeline sector, and as well sponsors of the Pipeline Integrity Institute  are encouraged to provide work-term placements whose postings specifically identify pipeline engineering.


Individual Program Requirements

Individual program requirements with respect to technical electives, as relevant to the three pipeline engineering courses, are understood to be as follows.  However, students are required to confirm formal requirements with their respective program websites and/or advisors.

Civil Engineering.  (See: civil.ubc.ca/techelecs.)  CIVL students are required to complete 15 credits of technical electives in 4th year.  Of these, IGEN 450, 451 and 452 may be taken without restriction.

Integrated Engineering.  IGEN students are required to complete 18 credits of technical electives in 3rd and 4th years.  Of these, at least 9 credits must be in one traditional engineering discipline and at least 6 credits must be in a different traditional discipline.   Any and all of IGEN 450, 451, 452 may be taken towards completion these elective requirements.  For scheduling reasons, IGEN 451 may be taken during 4th year only.

Materials Engineering.  MTRL students are required to complete 21 credits of technical electives in 4th year through one of three streams.  They may take a maximum of two of the three courses IGEN 450, 451 and 452 towards a maximum of 9 credits that are available outside stream-specific course requirements.

Mechanical Engineering.  MECH students (general program) are required to complete 9 credits of technical electives in 4th year, 6 credits of which must be in the General A Technical Elective category.  Any selection of IGEN 450, 451, or 452 may be taken towards completion of this requirement. MECH students enrolled in the options programs (Thermofluids, Biomedical, and Mechatronics Option) are required to complete 3 credits of outside technical electives in 4th year. This requirement can be fulfilled with any one of the IGEN 450-452 courses.

Student Advising

For student enquiries and advising, please contact:

Dr. Jon Nakane

Email: jon.nakane@ubc.ca

Phone: 604-822-0794

Office: FORW 106A