Iron Pin Ceremony

In January of 2014, the UBC EUS began an initiative to promote inclusivity and professionalism. One of the concerns we recognized was the lack of early education on Engineering Ethics. With the support of the Faculty of Applied Science and (then called) APEGBC, the Iron Pin Ceremony was born. The Iron Pin ceremony is a symbol of the UBC Engineering community, and marks the first step on the road to becoming a professional engineer. The cornerstone of the Iron Pin ceremony is the UBC Engineering Code of Ethics. This code was adapted from the EGBC Code of Ethics, to be relevant and relatable to students and their time as a UBC Engineer. For the EUS, each line of the Code relates back to our executive and volunteer structure and their roles as leaders in this society. The Iron Pin is worn as a reminder that the wearer has promised to uphold the Code.

This ceremony is an annual tradition, to welcome all incoming students into the UBC Engineering community with a pin marked by their entrance year. In 2014, we also distributed “founders” and “supporters” Iron Pins to upper years, staff, faculty, graduate students, and alumni to recognize all members of the UBC Engineering community – we will be hosting our next “supporter” ceremony during spring 2018.