The Society currently supports 17 official engineering clubs on campus, and encourages students to join as many as they are able. Engineering clubs are a great way to apply your knowledge, develop new skills and meet new people. Experience gained through engineering clubs is often the most valuable asset on a student’s resume.
Can’t find anything you like? Start your own! If you can demonstrate that students are involved and passionate about your club, you can receive funding from the Society.
UVic AERO is a multi-disciplinary student led club that develops Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). AERO competes annually in the Unmanned Systems Canada Student Competition. Members get hands on experience and learn to apply their academic skills as they collaborate in the design and construction of software, circuit boards, and airframes. AERO is open to all students of all backgrounds and welcomes the diversity that they bring.
AUVIC is an interdisciplinary student-run group that designs and builds an autonomous submersible robot to compete in the international RoboSub competition. The primary purpose of AUVIC is to provide students with hands-on exposure to underwater technology and embedded systems. Every aspect of the robot must be designed, created and tested by the team, giving students the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge in order to solve real world challenges. The competition itself is an obstacle course with challenges such as object and colour recognition, firing torpedos at targets, dropping markers into bins, picking up and transporting objects, and detecting sonar pingers.
UVic BioDev is a group focusing on designing and creating devices with biomedical applications. Some examples include the emergency vitals monitoring device (EVM) which will be used to measure heart rate and blood oxygen levels. We are also working on a SLS printer and starting on an energy generating jacket.
Canadian Society for Civil Engineers
Established in Fall of 2013, the University of Victoria student chapter of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) has set forth to develop a community for civil engineers in British Columbia’s capital city and to follow and expand upon the mission put forth by our parent organization, CSCE. Visit our website to assist CSCE in meeting its strategic goals and to serve as the medium between the students and the National and regional offices.
Uvic’s Concrete Canoe team is a passionate group of civil engineering students that are designing and constructing a 20ft long canoe made out of cementitious material. Our objective as Uvic’s Concrete Canoe team is to provide civil engineering students with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience and leadership skills with working with concrete design and project management. Concrete Canoe Team is planning to compete and race in Canadian National Concrete Canoe Competition in May of 2019. Previous experience is not required to join our team. Please visit our Facebook page to learn more!
Engineers Without Borders
Engineers Without Borders Canada is a registered charity working towards systemic changes to help alleviate extreme poverty in Africa. The organization is comprised of professionals, students and volunteers from all across Canada who are aligned together to inspire progressive thinking and create the next generation of leaders. Our mission is to bring people and ideas together to solve the most crucial causes of poverty and inequality. With over 50,000 members and more than 40 student chapters, EWB is one of the largest international development organizations in Canada. On campus and in and around Victoria, we champion Fair Trade initiatives, youth outreach projects and global citizenship.
The University of Victoria’s Formula Hybrid team annually competes in the most complex and dynamic competition of SAE International’s Collegiate Design Series. The Formula Hybrid competition emphasizes drive-train innovation and fuel efficiency in high-performance vehicle applications while overcoming complicated system integration challenges. Team members are from various academic disciplines including Computer Science, Commerce, and Electrical, Software, Mechanical, and Computer engineering. Members collaboratively work in interdisciplinary teams to research, design, fabricate, and test various applied engineering components. The Team’s organizational structure gives members the opportunity to be involved in all phases of development, in addition to progressing beyond their academic disciplines. Members are supplied with industry standard tools in a hands-on supportive environment allowing them to apply their academic knowledge and co-op experience.
The UVic Formula Motorsport team is a group of students at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, who work together to design, fund and build an open-wheel, formula-style race car every year. The club operates outside of the curriculum and outside of the classroom, striving to teach applicable lessons in engineering theory, business and relations, and hands-on design and manufacturing. Through their involvement with UVic Formula Motorsport, members are exposed to the challenge of bringing a complex project from the blackboard to the blacktop. In addition to the satisfaction of seeing their design roar to life, students gain hands-on experiences. Involvement in Formula SAE sets the stage for a successful career in a broad range of fields.
IEEE Student Branch
The IEEE UVic Student branch is a student-run organization that connects students with the opportunities that are presented by the IEEE. It also hosts various events for students throughout the year and provides a lab space for all members to use freely for any school or personal projects. We offer academic support for first year math and computer science to all engineering students. We also offer electrical and software troubleshooting assistance and tools. The Student Branch maintains the McNaughton Centre which is a lab and office space that is available to all members for use at any time. Throughout the year, the Student branch also runs a number of events that are open to Branch members and the public.
Leadership Through Diversity
Leadership Through Diversity (LTD) is a student-run group that was started in January 2012. The creation of this group was inspired by many of the existing Women in Engineering groups across Canada, and the support and involvement they provided minority groups in a male-dominated field of study. LTD provides inclusive and educational events, leadership opportunities, and endeavors to build a diverse and strong engineering student community
Precious Plastics UVic is building a compact plastic recycling plant to breakdown UVic’s recyclable plastic and produce valuable items, this idea is based on the open source resources provided by Precious Plastic (https://preciousplastic.com/). The clubs current goal is to fabricate the four machines required for upcycling of plastics and design new molds with which to make valuable items. No experience necessary, just a motivation to build things, create a sustainable community and learn about plastics.
The Robotics Club at the University of Victoria is a student run team that incorporates a multidisciplinary approach to designing a six-wheel land robot for competition in the Canadian International Rover Competition. Computer vision, electrical power systems, embedded electronics, mechanical design of a robot arm, 3D printing, and programming are a few of the technical skills that the robotics club applies to solve the problem of designing and prototyping
Our club mandate is to make others more employable, promote mentorship, and provide a creative environment where students may train their interpersonal and technical skills. We share club space with Hybrid in Q-Hut on campus at UVic, where we host general meetings and design sessions on a weekly basis.
The UVic Rocketry Team (UVR) is a group of students who are passionate about rocketry and committed to developing their skills and knowledge in this field. This includes hands-on experience with propulsion, aerodynamics, composite structures, GNC (Guidance, Navigation, and Control), recovery systems, testing, launch operations, and scientific payload development. The team welcomes members from all backgrounds and encourages collaboration between students in various fields such as engineering, science, and other complementary programs.
UVSD is a team of undergraduate and graduate students who are dedicated to designing, building, and testing a fully functional small satellite. The team participates in the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge, a nationwide engineering competition that exposes students to aerospace industry practices and contacts. UVSD has roles for all students, regardless of study or experience level – from project management and marketing, to electrical and mechanical design –
you can rest assured that UVSD is the perfect place to build the skills that employers crave.
As the only Marine Engineering club, the UVic Submarine Racing Club promotes the development of diving, design and manufacturing skills of engineering student. Additionally, we connect students with industry professionals in Marine Engineering and provide opportunities for networking and co-op.
UVic Virtual is the University of Victoria’s student-led virtual and augmented reality club.
We aim to help UVic students learn to build quality VR tools, experiences and games. We are partnered with on-campus labs that offer student access to VR equipment. Our members have varying levels of experience, and we share a passion for innovation, dynamic learning and asking questions. We learn from each other and develop our core competencies as we work together on club projects.
Women in Engineering and Computer Science
Women in Engineering and Computer Science (WECS) encourages and supports gender diversity in technology. WECS runs a variety of projects on and off campus with the goal of increasing and retaining students of all genders in the Faculty of Engineering. WECS offers free drop-in tea and cookies meetings every Thursday as a welcoming environment for students to connect with one another.