University of Victoria Engineering Competition (UVEC)

 

The University of Victoria Engineering Competition happens twice a year (once in the Summer term and once in the Fall term) and brings together students from all disciplines to compete in various different events. UVEC is a chance to put what you’ve learned in class to the test. The winners from UVEC qualify to compete at the Western Canadian level, the Western Engineering Competition (WEC) which happens at the start of the Winter semester. Fall 2023 information below.

 

Stay tuned for the Fall 2023 Date!

 

Engineering Competition Events

Parliamentary Debate

Parliamentary Debate Competitors must use analytical techniques to present, with minimum preparation, a reasoned point of view of a resolution that has not been disclosed beforehand. The goal is to assess the competitors’ abilities to convey ideas and develop arguments. The purpose is not to assess competitor knowledge of parliamentary procedure and formal debating rules. Therefore, the rules normally used in debates have been modified and relaxed to enable students with no formal debate experience to take part.

Communications

The purpose of the Consulting Engineering competition is to challenge competitors to design a detailed solution to a large-scale engineering problem. The proposal must be made in a way that promotes the solution to the client (in the form of judges). Competitors must demonstrate resourcefulness while acting in good faith with the spirit of the competition.

Junior Design

This competition challenges junior (first or second year) engineering students to design and build a prototype to address a technical problem. The Junior Design category is similar to that of Senior Design, but emphasis is placed on prototype functionality rather than design theory.

Senior Design

A team of four students are given a complex engineering problem and are required to design and build a working prototype. The teams will then present their solution and test their prototypes in front of a panel of judges.

Innovative Design

The innovative design competition is prepared entirely outside the realm of the UVic Engineering Competition. Competitors choose their own topic, prepare research and develop a design. The designs must be new and innovative and address a void in society.

Re-Engineering

Re-engineering is the act of taking an existing engineering concept, product, technique, or technology and incrementally improving on its design to suit an alternate situation or application. In this competition, students will be required to apply the re-engineering process to an existing gadget or mechanism in order to add new functionality to it or enhance its original functionality. The intent of these improvements will be to extend the use of the device to an alternative situation or use case.

Programming

The Programming Competition challenges competitors to create a program which solves the presented problem.

Consulting

The purpose of the Consulting Engineering competition is to challenge competitors to design a detailed solution to a large-scale engineering problem. The proposal must be made in a way that promotes the solution to the client (in the form of judges). Competitors must demonstrate resourcefulness while acting in good faith with the spirit of the competition.