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Release Date: September 18, 2015

A secret passage/wine cabinet, electric longboard, hand-powered personal elevator, automated beer keg cleaner, and a gluten-free cookie dough depositor—these are just a few of the eclectic and ingenious projects from this year’s graduating class in Mechanical Engineering Technology at Camosun College.

This year’s class and mentoring professors developed and built nine new and diverse products that showcase their love of creative design and engineering prowess. They spent the summer designing, building, testing and perfecting their final projects for a variety of clients and are now 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 25, 2015 at the outdoor basketball court at Camosun’s Interurban Campus.

“This is another great year and another great showcase of the talent at Camosun,” says Jeffrey Stephen, faculty advisor in Camosun’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program. “It’s a lot of work and long hours but it has paid off with fantastic projects. These students will graduate 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:

  • Secret passage cabinet for homes
  • Automated beer keg cleaning machine
  • Battery cable assembly station
  • Downrigger depth indicator
  • Direct drive electric longboard
  • Gluten-free cookie dough depositor
  • Hand-powered personal elevator
  • ‘Green’ high capacity salad spinner
  • Multi-phone charger for pro sports teams


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 18, 2015 11:17 am

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