The eight competitions at the Western Engineering Competition span over two days and are designed to highlight the technical and soft skills of Western Canada’s top engineering students. The competition categories are as follows:
Senior Design challenges a team of four students to design and build a prototype for a provided problem. Developing a successful solution will test the technical knowledge and skills of competitors. After the design and build period is complete, each team will then present their working prototype to a panel of judges for evaluation.
Junior Design is a competition focusing on students in their first or second year in an accredited engineering program. This competition has a similar structure to Senior Design as the team of four are given a limited time frame to design and develop a prototype which solves a presented problem. The team will then present their completed prototype to a panel of judges.
Consulting challenges a team of four students to develop a comprehensive and innovative solution to a presented engineering problem. The team must also consider factors such as economic viability and environmental impact in their solution. The completed solution will be shown to the judges in both a report and a presentation.
Re-Engineering tasks a team of one or two students with taking an existing technology or product and enhancing it to have new functionality. This new functionality will allow the technology or product to have a new purpose. The solutions will be assessed based on creativity and technical and commercial feasibility.
Innovative Design highlights a novel solution to a real-world problem which competitors have prepared in advance of the competition. The competitors will have the opportunity to display their solution for a general audience. The solutions will be evaluated based on functionality, market applicability, and overall design.
Engineering Communications involves a team of one or two students presenting a technical subject in layman’s terms. The presentation will highlight the environmental, social, and economical impact of the technology. The judges will decide on a winner based on their presentation skills and content.
Impromptu Debate has teams of two pitted against each other, fighting for their side of a topic that is only presented to them moments before. The competitors will need to be able to develop arguments and present their ideas in order to convince the judges they are deserving of a win.
The goal of the Programming category is to encourage software engineering students to produce professional quality software with all the proper user and administrative documents. The teams will use their software development skills, technical writing abilities, and project management skills to design a solution.