Project Based Engineering: Conceive, Design, Implement and Operate



Prof. J. SneepRoom 323A, McLauglin 533-6000 ext: 79575

Course Description

If you are in 3rd year Mechanical Engineering and involved in a major project like one of the competition teams (mini Baja, Formula SAE, MAST, Solar team, Eco-vehicle, Fuel Cell, etc.) or something similar.

  • You have a project that you will do as an individual.
  • Your project will require you to conceive, analyze, design, build and test a complex system, subsystem or component.
  • You plan to put a lot of time and effort into your project, to do it right.
  • You would like to get academic credit for it.

If this is all true for you, then you may want to take MECH 361 in the Winter semester.

The course counts as a full half course in the Winter semester. You should be prepared to spend around 120 hours on this course. That is 10 hours per week for 12 weeks. The deliverables you produce should clearly demonstrate this level of effort.
By the time you have completed your proposal in the Fall semester you may have spent 10 to 20 hours conducting research, planning, preparing, and writing a proposal. That counts toward the 120 hours.

To enroll in the course;

  1. You need to get started in the Fall semester for the work you will propose to do in the Winter semester.
  2. Find a Faculty advisor who is prepared to supervise your work and can offer technical advice on your design.
  3. Work with your Faculty Advisor to fill out the project definition checklist that describes the project work you will do in the Winter semester.
  4. Prepare and submit a Proposal report to your Faculty advisor for approval.
  5. Once you have received approval from your Faculty advisor submit a paper copy of your Proposal report and the signed Letter of Intent to the Course Instructor (Professor Sneep - McL 323A) for approval by the last Friday in November by 4 p.m.
  6. If approved the Course Instructor will arrange to have you enrolled in the course in Solus and OnQ, and will setup bi-weekly project management meeting times in the Winter semester.

Use the link above to download a copy of the Project Definition Checklist that you need to work through with your Faculty Advisor and the required Letter of Intent submission form.

Don't hesitate to contact the Course Instructor if you have any questions or need help finding a Faculty Advisor.

Prerequisites: Completion of 2nd year 

Objectives and Outcomes

Relevance to the Program

Course Structure and Activities

While there are no lectures, labs, or tutorials, you will be expected to meet with your Faculty Advisor on a regular basis and there will be five half-hour bi-weekly project management meetings with the course instructor. You will need to keep them both informed of your progress throughout the term.

Basic marking scheme: Proposal (10%), Bi-weekly Progress Reports (10%), Prototype (30%), Final Report (40%), and Presentation (10%).


There is no required textbook.