The Western Engineering Competition (WEC) is Western Canada’s largest undergraduate engineering competition, bringing together 11 applied science institutions for a five-day event. The competition consists of eight events, challenging engineering students to adapt and apply the technical and communication skills drawn from their degree. The competition highlights the diversity and wide range of the field, with competitors in the civil, electrical, mechanical, biosystem, and mining engineering disciplines. Each event is judged by industry professionals, and respective winning teams will qualify for the Canadian Engineering Competition. Contestants are provided the opportunity to compete in the following fast-paced, hands-on engineering competitions:

  • Senior Design
  • Junior Design
  • Consulting
  • Re-Engineering
  • Innovative Design
  • Impromtu Debate
  • Engineering Communications
  • Programming

With engineering students first enrolled in 1907, the University of Manitoba is the oldest engineering school in Western Canada. Offering five fully-accredited undergraduate engineering programs (Biosystems, Civil, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical), the University of Manitoba Faculty of Engineering is a long-standing leader in engineering education in Canada.

In 1909, two years following the founding of the faculty, the University of Manitoba Engineering Society (UMES) was founded. Now going into its 110th year, UMES continues to provide a variety of services and events to support and engage the students enrolled in the faculty.

Between the instruction provided by the University of Manitoba Faculty and the programming offered by UMES, the University of Manitoba is able to offer unparalleled experiences and education opportunities to its students.

The Western Engineering Student Societies’ Team (WESST) is an alliance of engineering student societies across western Canada. Consisting of twelve member societies from eleven engineering programs, WESST is an alliance of undergraduate engineering students’ societies across the Western Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. Together, these societies serve and represent over 18 000 students. WESST helps its member societies share expertise on organizing events, managing budgets and services for undergraduate engineering students.

WESST provides an environment for member schools to exchange information and resources for the benefit of student leaders across western Canada. It also provides as unified voice of engineering students in Western Canada, representing its member schools to other student societies, industry, professional associations, and to the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students (CFES).

The Canadian Federation of Engineering Students (CFES) is a national, bilingual organization that represents approximately 81,000 engineering students across Canada. Offering services ranging from leadership development conferences, to technical skill competitions, and other outreach efforts, the CFES aims to provide opportunities in support of an all-encompassing education for engineering students in Canada to become unparalleled professionals in their field.

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