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Release date: August 19, 2020

As the 2020 class of Mechanical Engineering Technology students prepares to graduate, they are hosting a live, virtual symposium to showcase their exciting capstone projects to the public and potential employers.

Each year, the students work in teams to create client-sponsored mechanical projects. Students take their project through all the phases of concept, design, prototyping, manufacturing, assembly and troubleshooting and at the end of term, showcase their finished projects to the public and tech industry professionals.

"It's been a pretty difficult few months which makes the accomplishments of our students this year that much more impressive," explains mechanical engineering instructor Len Mar. "With COVID, we not only had the issue of moving away from face to face learning, but also the disruption to supply chains meant that buying raw materials and getting parts all of a sudden became a challenge. Our students rose to meet that challenge and the results are really impressive and innovative."

Normally, student teams would showcase their capstone projects during an in-person, campus event with large crowds in attendance, but due to the ongoing pandemic, each team will record a short presentation about their project to showcase online and be available to answer questions live. Mar believes that the virtual, online approach may actually expand the reach of the students' work.

"For family and friends in Vancouver or out of province or anywhere in the world really, this year's event is completely accessible," explains Mar. "People who might not have the time to physically visit campus are encouraged to take an hour at lunch time and connect with our students virtually, ask questions and learn about their projects."

Camosun's mechanical engineering technology diploma program has a number of distinct advantages from applied, hands-on learning to co-op placements with local firms, that attract keen interest from potential employers.

"Despite the pandemic, we're still getting lots of calls from employers wanting to hire our students," says Mar. "The demand is there, and we know that through hands on training, culminating in the capstone projects which the students create themselves, that Camosun prepares graduates for success in their careers or helps them bridge to future studies."

The virtual event features ten student project teams demonstrating a wide range of innovation in action. It takes place on Friday, Aug. 21, from 10am to 2pm. No pre-registration is required, simply click here and follow the links to view the student presentations and ask questions in a live and interactive forum.

Camosun's mechanical engineering graduating class of 2020 is appreciative of all the support of their instructors, family, friends, employers and the community, especially during these difficult times. The event is made possible by generous sponsors Vention, Nature Bee, and Forest Technology Systems.

2020 Capstone Symposium Projects Links to Descriptions:

Contact

Len K. Mar
Instructor, Mechanical Engineering
Camosun College
MarLK@camosun.ca
250-884-4236

Ivan Watson
Marketing & Communications Strategist
Camosun College
watsoni@camosun.ca
250-418-0700

Last updated: August 24, 2020 3:37 pm

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