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Junior Design


All University of Waterloo engineering undergraduate students are eligible for Junior 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
- are in first and second year and will not have begun their 3A term by the time of the next OEC in February of next year


First and second-year students in teams of four have four hours to design and build a solution to a previously undisclosed engineering problem. The solution must demonstrate real-life feasibility.

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

Competition Details

Teams have four hours to complete the design prototype using only the materials provided and to prepare a 10- to 12-minute presentation.

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 poster as a visual aid for its presentation at the end of the four-hour design and build period. All materials, including the poster, will be provided.

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

There are no major differences between the WEC and OEC in this competition.

Past Problems

Please refer to the Resources page for past competition problems.


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