UVic Engineering Competition 2014

REGISTRATION LINK: http://bit.ly/1vLoVGF

The UVic Engineering Competition is scheduled for November 15th, 2014. UVEC is UVic’s regional qualifier for the Western Engineering Competition (WEC), a university competition held every year between twelve universities with engineering programs in western Canada.

WEC will be held in Vancouver at the end of January, and this years’ UVEC winners will get to attend. We will cover winners’ travel fees and most of the delegate fees (winners will be expected to pay a small portion amounting to less than $200). For those on co-op in January, the ESS will reimburse partial or total travel expenses depending on cost.

UVEC itself will run on November 15th, 2014, starting at 9:30 am.

Without further ado, here are the different categories students can compete in:


Teams of up to four are given their challenge the morning of the junior design competition. The challenge usually involves designing, building, and testing a simple machine or structure to complete a given task. Teams have to consider limited resources and a scoring matrix to best maximize their score. After only four hours, the teams must present and test their prototype before the judges.

Please note that participation in Junior Design is limited to students who will have not yet completed second year by the end of March – that is, current first years and 2A students.


Fall 2014 Iron Ring


This Fall’s Iron Ring ceremony will take place Wednesday, November 12th at 10am, and registration is now open!

To register:

  1. Have a read of the Iron Ring FAQ
  2. Determine your ring size; most jewelry stores will have a ring sizer you may use
  3. Purchase a ticket through the ESS webstore (you don’t need an ESS website account)
  4. Fill out the Registration Form (after paying for your ticket)

Note that registration closes October 31, so register as soon as possible!

For more information, check out ess.uvic.ca/ironring


APEGBC Summer Events!


Good news everyone, it’s Tim, your new VPX reporting in!

I would like to let everyone know about a bunch of cool opportunities offered by APEGBC this summer.

Unfortunately, no events are being organized by the Victoria branch, but for those on the mainland or if you have a travel bug, you might want to check them out here.

The coolest ones for each summer month are:

June 26 – APEGBC Sea-to-Sky Branch AGM, Vice President’s Address and Technical Presentation on “Magnitude 9 – Possible Impacts of the Next Giant Earthquake off the BC Coast” – in Vancouver

July 25 – “Engineering • More than the Numbers” Soft Skills for Success Workshop – in Vancouver

August 15 – Polysilicon Technologies, Product, Markets and Solar Industry Process Stages Course – in Burnaby

These are just 3, but I recommend poring over the entire list; there’s a lot going on!



Cinkant Endowment Fund: Call for Proposals

The Cinkant Endowment Fund will be accepting proposals until March 14th, 2014.

The Cinkant Endowment Fund was set up in 1997 to fund projects for the benefit of all engineering students.

Proposals must be submitted formally and should include a price quote and cost analysis.

Submissions must be made to essaprz[at]uvic[dot]ca.…


CSSE / EIC (Vancouver Island Branch) SCHOLARSHIP SOCIETY

The Society was founded in 1986 with the intent of encouraging and financially supporting Vancouver Island students pursuing studies leading to a career in engineering. The Society is funded by the members of the Vancouver Island Branch of the Canadian Society for Senior Engineers (CSSE) and the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) with a target of awarding two scholarships annually. 

Value:  Two scholarships, each $2,000

Eligibilty:  Undergraduates entering 2nd or 3rd year in any engineering discipline at any qualifying university who have attended a Vancouver Island high school and are Canadian citizens.

Deadline:  July 31, 2014

Get the application form!


Don’t forget to vote for UVSS Events Funding

Hey everyone!

The UVSS would like to gather opinion on charging an extra 2$ a semester to increase their events budget. Your full time student contribution to the UVSS budget is currently $63.71 per semester. If you want to find out how this is calculated you can go here. The current budget for events is approximately $15,000 according to the pamphlets that are being handed out. If you check the student fee breakdown it doesn’t mention where that comes from. The final piece of information I’d like to leave you with is the executive salary information for the UVSS. Referencing the 2014 budget information under the finances section of the UVSS website, The executive makes a total of 146,000 per year, up from 105,000 from 2006.

Yay democarcy! https://webvote.uvic.ca/


Movember UVic Engineering Team

Hey guys, it’s a little late but just remember, it’s never too late to save some prostates.

Movember takes place during the month of November where men (Mo Bros) start at the beginning of the month clean-shaven and for the next 30 days grow and groom a mustache to raise awareness and funds to combat both prostate and testicular cancer.  Women (Mo Sistas) can also be involved in movember by raising funds and getting men in their lives involved in with movember.

This year the UVIC Engineering Students Society is leading a team of Mo Bros known as the Movengrs in order to raise awareness and funds for men’s health.  Each Mo Bro and Mo Sista registered with the Movengrs will try to raise as much money as they can before then end of the month.  Whoever raises the most on the team will walk away with some sweet ESS schwag.  Join the fight by registering on www.movember.com under “movengrs”.  Once registered, join the official UVIC engineering team (Movengrs) in a chance to win some sweet schwag and save some prostates! If you have any questions or concerns or just want to talk about prostates, contact Chad Perreault at 778-679-3758.…


University of Victoria Engineering Competition – Fall 2013

The University of Victoria Engineering Competition Stream B (UVEC) will be held on November 23rd. UVEC is the regional qualifier for the Western Engineering Competition (WEC) which will be held in Edmonton from January 15th – 19th. Teams advancing to WEC will pay a small portion of their delegate fees but travel will be covered by the Engineering Students’ Society.

Teams are invited to participate in the areas of Junior Design, Senior Design, Consulting Engineering, Engineering Communication, Debate, and Re-Engineering. Any student currently enrolled as an undergraduate in the Faculty of Engineering may compete. To register a team, please fill out this form. A description of the various challenges is after the jump.…


CFES Congress

Hello Engineers!

The Canadian Federation of Engineering Students (‘CFES’) is hosting this years Engineering Congress in Sherbrook, QC from the 5th – 11th of January 2014. Congress is a conference put on by students for students and is a chance for engineering undergrads from all over the country to meet and discuss professional development and leadership within their own undergraduate societies. As you all are a part of UVic’s Engineering Society, you qualify for funding to attend this conference.

Workshops that are held during the week include effective budgeting, event planning, media relations and risk management. There will be a career fair in which you will be given a chance to network with industry representatives from across the country. Member schools can also help create policy changes which affect student societies across the country, in topics such as the Canadian Engineering Competition, the Presidents meeting, and NCWiE (National Conference for Women in Engineering). In addition, a Student from UVic will be offering a 3-day Leadership Development program, which will be a look at skills such as goal-setting, professional networking, and effective communication skills.

Selection for this conference is competitive and we will be accepting applications until the 15th of November.



Hey Everyone!

The following scholarships are up for grabs this semester.

BC Hydro/APEGBC 4th Year Engineering and Geoscience Scholarship
This scholarship encourages students to continue their goal of becoming professional engineers or geoscientists.
Value: $1,500
Eligibility: Engineering and geoscience 4th-year undergraduate students in all disciplines from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver or Okanagan campus), Simon Fraser University, BCIT and the University of Victoria.
Deadline: October 4, 2013
More information and application form >>

APEG-MAPS Scholarship
This scholarship is offered annually to APEGBC MAPS Student Members attending engineering and geoscience programs in BC, and rewards undergraduate students for their contributions to the advancement of the professions.
Value: $1,000
Eligibility: Registered APEGBC Student Members (MAPS) studying at BC universities.
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2013
More information and application form >>

Everyone get on it and make sure those greedy fatcats from UBC, SFU and BCIT don’t get them!…