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Waterloo Engineering Competition


All University of Waterloo engineering undergraduate students are eligible for Senior Team Design provided that they:

- are on a academic term and are fee paying members of the Engineering Society
- are offstream but paid their Engineering Society fee on their last on-stream term
- will be in their 3A term or higher by the time of the next OEC in February of next year


Third and fourth-year students in teams of four have six hours to design and build a solution to a previously undisclosed engineering problem. The solution must demonstrate real-life feasibility. At least one electrical, computer, mechatronics, or systems design engineering student is recommended on each team.

The Senior Team Design competition takes place in the Spring and Fall terms (June/July and October/November).

Competition Details

Teams have six hours to complete the design prototype using only the materials provided and to prepare a 15-minute presentation. Teams are permitted to deliver PowerPoint presentations.

Teams are evaluated primarily on the success level of prototype demonstration and the quality of presentation. See the following marking scheme for details:

Design & Performance 60%
Details May Vary 60%

Presentation 20%
Design Process 5%
Meets Constraints & Criteria 5%
Quality & Flow 4%
Highlights & Usability 3%
Prototype Critique 3%

Teamwork 10%
Knowledge 3%
Workload Distribution 3%
Compatibility 2%
Positivity 2%

Originality 10%
Daring/Outside the Box 4%
Creativity 3%
Uniqueness 3%

Note that the above marking scheme may vary. Competitors will see the exact marking scheme during the welcome/briefing session.


Each team will submit a working prototype of its design, and a PowerPoint presentation at the end of the six-hour design and build period.

Competition Day

Each team is recommended at least one laptop, with a legal version of Microsoft PowerPoint installed to prepare the presentation. Teams are also encouraged to bring cameras to include pictures in their PowerPoint presentations.

Awards & Prizes

Members of the winning teams will receive a designation on their official transcripts indicating their accomplishment.

The winning team will receive an award of $500 from the Sandford Fleming Foundation and will represent the University of Waterloo at the annual Ontario Engineering Competition. The runner-up team will receive an award of $250 from the Sandford Fleming Foundation.

Differences Between WEC and OEC

The design time has been shortened to six hours from the eight hours allowed at the OEC. There are no other major differences.

Past Problems

CEC - 2008

WEC - Spring 2009


If you have any question about the Senior Team Design competition, please feel free to contact the competition coordinator, found on the Contacts page.