Tanveer Singh Bhandal, BASc '18, Civil Engineering
“It is an engaging industry with something for everyone to get passionate about.”
Tanveer graduated from the UBC Civil Engineering program with a minor in commerce. During his time at UBC, Tanveer completed engineering work terms in both the public and private sector. He began his work experience with the City of Vancouver where he developed transportation analysis software to help improve decision making processes and public engagement and has also worked in a project management role at Metro Vancouver, overseeing the scheduling and commissioning of water supply infrastructure. After gaining experience with owners of large civil projects, Tanveer moved to a design role in a private firm where he has designed underground utilities and urban greenways for many Lower Mainland municipalities. Tanveer currently works as a project engineer in the Lower Mainland on urban corridor projects involving transportation, water, land development and environmental design.
Why did you choose engineering?
I chose to pursue civil engineering in order to combine my interests in construction, project financing, and law. Understanding that infrastructure design involves more than just technical elements; I see engineering as a medium to connect community needs with innovative technologies.
What has made your time at UBC the most memorable?
My work terms with the UBC Engineering Co-op program have made my undergraduate degree very memorable. I began my work experience with the City of Vancouver where I worked in the city’s Transportation Division. My work contributed to projects such as the Burrard Street Bridge, Georgia Viaducts and a pedestrian mobility study. I then moved to Metro Vancouver where I worked in the Water Services Division. I assisted with the commissioning of new water treatment and distribution infrastructure. After gaining experience in the public sector, I moved onto to ISL Engineering in Burnaby where I worked with a team of private engineering consultants.
How are you applying the skills you learned through your studies at UBC?
I am currently employed full-time at ISL Engineering as a project engineer in the Municipal Engineering Division.
What advice would you give a student considering engineering?
Look at the industry beyond all the math and technical considerations; it is an engaging industry with something for everyone to get passionate about. Although there is always new software being developed to handle the technical details, an engineer’s most important job is to break down those technical details and communicate them to effectively to stakeholders.