New Members Infopack


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Open Recruitment Policy

We take in new members (undergrad and grad) all year round. All skill levels, departments and faculties welcomed. Please read on and complete the following steps.

Feel free to join in any of our team meetings at any time to see what we're up to (try to e-mail us first, meeting times might change).

1. Mailing List

Make sure that you sign up for the mailing list using the form below.

UBC Chem-E-Car Mailing List

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2. Safety Training

Please complete the following online quizzes provided by UBC Risk Management Services. Print out a hardcopy of your certificates and bring it to the next meeting to gain access to our lab and workshop space.

You are still welcome to attend our meetings but you won't be able to join the lab or workshop activities if you don't.

3. AIChE Membership

You'll also need to register as an AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) student member and pass the AIChE safety quiz to compete in any Chem-E-Car competition organized by AIChE.

Read the rules, register as a student member (it's free!) and take the safety test

3. Introduce Yourself

Email the Junior Team Captains, Abhi and Victor and introduce yourself. Tell us what you'd like to do on the team and we'll find the right project for you. Our junior captains can provide you with more information on meeting times and answer any questions that you may have.

4. Notes

If you're in a reading mood...

Prospective Members Readme

Expectations and general information for new members

  • UBC Chem-E-Car has four main sub-teams: Electrical, Mechanical, Battery and Chemical. You can be involved with one or more sub-teams. Our team leads have listed some tutorials below that they would like our new members to try out. Feel free to contact them if you need help.
  • We also have some side projects: beer brewing, zinc-air flow cells etc. if you’re interested in those.
  • Our regular meeting hours for the current academic term are listed in the Contact page.
  • We value passion, commitment and dedication over prior technical experience. We will never turn away anyone who’s genuinely interested in learning and contributing to the team.
  • As a student-driven team, we understand that academics and schoolwork will be your first priority, and we do not expect you to work on our design team projects 247 and neglect your assignments.
  • To be a valuable contributor to the team, you should have a strong sense of responsibility and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Your team lead can provide guidance and point you in the right direction, but you are expected to take charge of your own projects.
  • If you accept a task from your team lead, we do expect you to see it through to completion to the best of your ability, and within a reasonable amount of time.
  • We really appreciate proactiveness. If a certain job needs to be completed and you can manage it, please take initiative and volunteer! If you think something can be done in a better way, teach us! Everyone is here to learn, irrespective of whether they’ve been with the team for 5 years or 5 weeks.
  • We want to stress that: if you have an empty plate and need more stuff to work on, do not hesitate ask! We always have proposals that need to be written, posters that need to be designed, sponsors to be contacted and many other tasks that need to be completed.
  • Most students would consider joining an engineering design team to be a big commitment, and we tend to agree. Feel free to just drop by our regular meetings or events to explore our projects and your options, absolutely no pressure to commit for the whole term/year!
  • We want everyone to learn new skills through our projects and have fun working in a team. But it is important to note that ultimately, your personal experience and what you get out of the team is what you put in.

Electrical Tutorials

Contact Ngai To at for questions or if you want to join the electrical team.

The consensus is to focus on software skills, i.e. Arduino and general coding.

Mandatory - Work through these introductory software and web development tutorials as fast as you can, let us know in the group chat if you get stuck. Available on GitHub

Mechanical Tutorials

Contact Kyle at for questions or if you want to join the mechanical team.

Try to get as familiar as possible with either Solidworks or Inventor before the next meeting. Note: You’ve learned/will be learning Solidworks in First Year Engineering.

  • Download and install Solidworks (caution: 8 GB file) Download
  • Download and install Inventor (caution: 15 GB file) Download
  • Note: Chem-E-Car will be using Inventor mainly but will have some projects in Solidwor
  • Solidworks : Please begin learning the program use this video
  • Inventor: There is a built in tutorial. Please try to complete tutorial part 1 and 2 in the progr
  • Try doing excercises up to 2-4 in this pdf using either Solidworks or Invent
  • Exercise 2-5 is feasible but there are many shortcuts to make the pieces faster. Look up design tables, scale, or drawing relations, if you are interested.

Learn how to make a sphere

Battery and Chemical Tutorials

Contact Andy or Mani at for both chemical and battery teams

Please complete the following steps if you’re interested in joining the battery or chemical team. Note: we don’t expect you to understand EVERYTHING that we want you to read here, we just want you to get a good overview of some basic principles and type of batteries that we’ll be working on


  • Read Chapter 13 and 38.3 on Zn-Air batteries in Linden’s Handbook of Batteries (Google around for a free PDF if the link doesn’t work) PDF Link
  • Read Chapter 31 on Nickel-Zinc batteries in Linden’s Handbook of Batteries PDF Link


Web Development and Software Tutorials

Contact Siang at

If you’re interested in web development, complete the following steps.

  • Sign up for a GitHub account
  • Setup Git on your machine.
  • Read the Learn Enough Git tutorial and understand the basics. You may also want to read their Command Line tutorial and Text Editor tutorial if you’re unfamiliar with those tools.
  • Email Siang at for further instructions once you feel comfortable with the basics. Feel free to email too if you have any questions along the way.

Beginners, start here!

The Bootstrap framework


Web Fundamentals


Contact Thanos or Siang -

We’re always looking for people to help out with sponsorship, finances, lab and workspace management, marketing and lots of other important administrative stuff that keeps the team well-funded and running smoothly. Contact us if you’d like to help out.