Donghee Kim built an enviable career in the electrical transformer industry, working in Canada and the US for leading multinational companies.

While he enjoyed and excelled in his work, Kim became interested in shipbuilding while working for Hyundai Power. “I took a look at my life and career goals and decided that the time had come to change industries,” he says.

He researched master’s programs and discovered UBC’s year-long Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) program in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering— perfect for his planned transition.  “I had professional experience in making business cases, managing people, overseeing budgets, and taking on all the other responsibilities that come with a management position. These courses continued to build my strengths in these areas.”

After graduating, Kim landed a position at AdvanTec Global Innovations as a mechanical electrical engineer in Langley, British Columbia.

Reflecting on the 12-month program, Kim says that the dual focus on business and technical courses is essential for professional success. “The MEL program, with its inclusion of high-level business and leadership courses, is excellent at preparing people to make a difference in the industry,” he notes. “The common language in engineering companies is dollars— you need to learn how to speak that language.”