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Media Release
Release Date: September 16, 2014

A vending machine that refills your beer growler, a precision lab machine critical to UVic PhD research, a processing machine that is a game changer for the cosmetic industry, a courier bike that can handle full-sized 2,000 lb. pallets…these are a few of the ways technology can make a difference, thanks to the ingenuity of this year's graduating class in Mechanical Engineering Technology at Camosun College.

Finishing touches

Mechanical Engineering Technology students are putting the final touches on their projects ahead of this Friday's showcase.

After spending the summer designing, building, testing and perfecting their final projects, student teams are now applying the last minute touch-ups as they get ready to put their inventions on display. The public and media are invited to view the projects and talk to the students at the annual Student Project Showcase, 10am-2pm, Friday, September 19, 2014, in the outdoor basketball court at Camosun's Interurban Campus.

"There are some impressive projects this year," says Jeffrey Stephen, faculty advisor in Camosun's Mechanical Engineering Technology program. "All their hard work is about to pay off, and they'll be graduating with some very solid career skills."

The public is also welcome to have lunch at the showcase barbeque, where they can get a burger, pop and chips for only $6.

This year's projects include:

  • Automatic Cookie Dough Depositor
  • Bakery Packaging/Processing Aid
  • Beer Growler Filler Vending Machine
  • Processing Plant for Seaweed-based Cosmetics
  • Skin Cream Bottling Plant
  • Square Braid Rope Manufacturing Machine
  • Eco Courier Bike for Full-sized Pallets
  • Chocolate Bar Wrapping Machine
  • Precision Goniometer for Spectroscopy


Jeffrey Stephen
Lead Projects Instructor, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Camosun College

About Mechanical Engineering Technology

Mechanical Engineering Technology is a nationally accredited, two-year diploma program that prepares graduates for immediate employment in a number of rewarding careers. Graduates who choose to continue their education have the option to apply for Camosun's six-month Engineering Bridge program that leads directly into third year studies of an engineering degree program at UVic or UBC.

The last course before graduation is MECH 295 Project Planning and Design. Within the realm of technology education, MECH 295 is unique due to its intense design and prototype focus. Each student team starts with a blank slate and in only 11 weeks must conceptualize, design, manufacture, test, and present a device that reflects elements of what they've learned over the past two years.

The project finale is the Technical Defense, where each group presents their work to a panel of engineering professionals from universities and industry. The panel quizzes the teams as to why each design decision was made, and then grades them on presentation, design, function, and construction quality. This grade accounts directly for 10% of the students' final grade.

Last updated: September 17, 2014 12:31 pm

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