The Western Engineering Competition consists of 8 disciplines: Senior Design, Junior Design, Consulting, Re-Engineering, Innovative Design, Impromptu Debate, Engineering Communications, and Programming. Learn more about each of these disciplines below.



Senior Design

Senior Design challenges a team of four individuals to develop and implement a solution to a specific problem within 8 hours. The problem will be presented to each team the morning of the competition. At the conclusion of the time period each team will present their solutions to a panel of judges who will evaluate each design based on criteria such as creativity, cost effectiveness, feasibilty, etc.

Junior Design

Junior Design follows in the footsteps of Senior Design. It sees a team of four individuals developing a solution to a proposed problem with a limited timeframe in which to complete their design. This competition caters to engineering students in their first or second year of their degree. After completion of their design, each team will present to a panel of judges for evaluation.


The Consulting competition presents a team of four individuals with a real-world problem and figurative client. The team will need to devise the best solution for their respective problem based of specific criteria in order to win the competition. The teams will then present to a panel of judges and submit a written report described their proposed solution.


Re-engineering tasks a team of two students to improve upon a previously existing product or design solution. Every year the competition displays a vast amount of creativity as students present their idea with the same functionality as the original in new and exciting ways. The design problem is revealed the morning of the competition and is later critiqued by a panel of judges.

Innovative Design

Innovative design is vastly different from the other competitions as it allows teams of one to four students to develop a solution to a real world problem of their choosing prior to coming to WEC. This competition will have booths set up at the venue on the day of evaluation for peers and judges to walk around and critique other teams solutions.

Impromptu Debate

In teams of two, students debate a topic/resolution from a predetermined position. Each team will present their side of the debate and attempt to persuade the panel of judges to their side. The teams will need to construct their arguments effectively and convincingly in order to sway the judges and win the debate.

Engineering Communications

Competitors are asked to describe a technical subject in layman’s terms. They must consider the economic and environmental aspects of their subject, and provide a persuasive conclusion regarding the potential benefits, risks, and effects their subject has on the world. Judges will decide on the winner based on the content and delivery of the presentation.


The programming competition caters to the growing global market of professional quality engineering software. Each team will use the skills they’ve acquired throughout their programs combined with their project management skills in order to develop a solution to a provided problem.

School Anonymity

No information in the team presentation may refer to the team’s identity or respective school. If the identity of a team is disclosed to the judges at any time by the presenters, the first offense will result in a 10-point penalization, and second will result in disqualification. Presenters are also forbidden from wearing any apparel bearing the name, crest, colors, or other identifying symbols of their respective school. Failure to follow this rule will result in immediate disqualification. When submitting presentation files, presentation slides and file names must not disclose the name of the team’s school. If the identity of a team is disclosed in the presentation slides or filename, the presenting team will be penalized with a loss of 10 points. Instead, each team shall name its files using the letters assigned to the team and the case subject as below:

CORRECT: TEAM_A_ENGINEERING.ppt                                                                                                                        INCORRECT: ALBERTA_ENGINEERING.ppt

Delegates and audience members associated with competing schools are forbidden from revealing–explicitly or implicitly–a school’s identity in any of the presentation rooms at any time. This ban includes but is not limited to: apparel, signage or any other material that bears the name, crests, colors or other identifying symbols of a competing university. This is in place to avoid any prejudice or favoritism towards a given team by the judges. The team associated with an individual who breaks this rule is subject to a loss of 10 points.