Engineering Competitions

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Progression for participating in Engineering Competitions

Engineering Competitions are an opportunity for student and schools to showcase their ability to innovate and solve real world and design problems. The Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC) is an annual competition involving more than 170 of the best and brightest engineering students from across Canada. The competition "strives to expand and advance the education of our future engineers". All competitors qualify through one of four regional competitions:

The Ontario Engineering Competition

OEC 2015 LOGO
The 2015 OEC Logo for
ESSCO is responsible for facilitating the Ontario Engineering Competition; bidding for OEC takes place during plenary at ESSCO conferences or teleconferences. The OEC is an annual gathering of Ontario Engineering Students, this year being held at Ryerson University in Toronto, who have won competitions at their respective universities and are invited to compete on the provincial level o share their talent and qualify for the CEC. The competition has developed extensively since its founding in 1980 and now hosts 7 different competitions with a focus on innovation, design and communications at a variety of levels for Senior and Junior Engineering Students. ESSCO schools run a variety of Engineering Competitions throughout the year in preparation for the Ontario Engineering Competition. The winning teams from school competitions typically get sent to the OEC to represent their schools and the winners of those teams to CEC. The purpose of this page is to provide a listing of the preliminary competitions held by ESSCO schools.


Carleton Student Engineering Competition

(Approx. Dates Run: Mid-October)

  • Junior Design
  • Senior Design
  • Debate
  • Consulting
  • Engineering Communications
  • Innovative Design

Note: In the event that a programming team is sent to OEC, the Carleton Student Engineering Society may select a team from other stream societies.

Conestoga College (COEC)

(Approx. Dates Run: Mid-January)

  • Junior Team Design
  • Senior Team Design

Guelph Engineering Competition (GEC)

(Approx. Dates Run: Mid-January)

  • Junior Design
  • Senior Design
  • Consulting

Lakehead Engineering Competition

(Approx. Dates Run: Mid-November)

  • Junior Design
  • Senior Design
  • Engineering Communication
  • Engineering Consulting
  • Innovative Design

Laurentian University

Does not run a competition; teams are selected through interview process

McMaster Engineering Competition (MEC)

(Approx. Dates Run: Mid-Late November)

  • Junior Design
  • Senior Design
  • Consulting
  • Engineering Communication
  • Debate
  • Innovative Design
  • Programming

University of Ottawa

(Approx. Dates Run: Early November)

  • Junior Design
  • Senior Design
  • Consulting
  • Engineering Communication (Pending)
  • Debate (Pending)
  • Innovative Design (Pending)

Queens Engineering Competition (QEC)

(Approx. Dates Run: Mid-November)

  • Junior Design
  • Senior Design
  • Engineering Communications
  • Parliamentary Debate
  • Consulting Engineering
  • Innovative Design

Ryerson Engineering Competition (REC)

(Approx. Dates Run: Late-October; Early January)

  • Junior Design
  • Senior Design
  • Consulting
  • Programming

RMC Engineering Competition

(Approx. Dates Run: Early January)

  • Junior Design
  • Senior Design

Participants in other categories may volunteer depending on funding

UOIT Engineering Competition

(Approx. Dates Run: Early January)

  • Junior Design
  • Senior Design

Waterloo Engineering Competition (WEC)

(Approx. Dates Run: June, and November)

  • Junior Team Design
  • Senior Team Design
  • Consulting
  • SFF Debates
  • SFF Technical Speaking
  • Innovative Design

Western Engineering Competition

(Approx. Dates Run: October)

  • Junior Design
  • Senior Design

Windsor Engineering Competition (WEC)

(Approx. Dates Run: November)

  • Junior Design Competition
  • Senior Design Competition
  • Consulting Design Competition

York Engineering Competition (YEC)

(Approx. Dates Run: Mid-January)

  • Junior Design
  • Senior Design