The Lassonde Engineering Society proudly presents the York Engineering Competition (YEC). This is the annual competition that pushes students to compete amongst the best. In teams of 4, students will design, build, test, and present a solution to a problem faced by today’s society.  Tensions will rise, tears will be shed and teams will crumble.

YEC consists of two phases–a building phase and a presentation phase. In the building phase, teams are presented with a problem and have a limited amount of time (usually about 4-6 hours) to validate, design, build and implement a solution.  You will also have the chance to test your design within the constraints of the competition.

The second phase is where you and your team present your solution to a panel of judges.  You will be given a maximum time of 10 min to professionally present your solution, why it works, how, and it’s limitations.  Then your solution will be put to the test against during the final demonstration phase.

The Lassonde Engineering Society will send the winners of YEC to represent our house and compete in the Ontario Engineering Competition.  (DISCLAIMER: We can only send engineering students!).  This is a kick-ass opportunity to show that we Lassondians are here to compete and dominate.  The Society will cover the majority of your expenses, so all you need to worry about is how you’re going to win. Winners of OEC will move on to the nationals.


Each participant will have to pay $10 fee to guarantee their spot in the competition.


The Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence, York University


Friday: Casual/Warrior

Saturday: Business Professional


Friday November 24, 2017

5:00 PM – Registration/ Check-In Begins

5:30 PM – Problem is released and discussed

6:00 PM – Build commences

8:00 PM – Dinner is served

12:00 AM – Junior Design build finishes

1:00 AM – Senior Design build finishes

Saturday November 25, 2017

9:30 AM – Breakfast

10:00 AM – Presentations begin

1:00 AM – Lunch

3:30 AM to 4:30 AM – Tentative finish time


Who Can Compete?

ALL York University students are eligible to compete in the competition.  However, we are only allowed to send engineering students to compete in the provincials.

  • Junior Design: Only 1st and 2nd year engineering students are allowed to enter this competition.
  • Senior Design: Only 3rd and 4th year engineering students are allowed to enter this competition.

Why compete?
To move away from the theoretical analysis and experience what it takes to tackle and solve a real problem with a real team.  To win prestige and honour of having won YEC and being a participant of OEC and potentially winning OEC to be the top team in the province which then makes you eligible for the CEC and winning that makes you top team in CANADA! And then going global!  Few people in the world can say they did that… oh and did we say there are tons of cash prizes to boot?

How to compete?
Don’t miss out on this once in a life time opportunity to change the course of your campus life. Round up a team of four, sign up and pay the fees, that’s all you need to do.

To register, just sign up on the online form Here. Once you’ve registered you will receive an email later in November notifying you of the next steps. Best of luck!

  • Teams must consist of 4 members, no more, no less.
  • All team members must be enrolled in engineering, and must qualify as either a junior competitor, or a senior competitor.
  • All team members must take part in both phases of the competition (build and presentation).
  • A team must present its own work at YEC. The teams must work independently with minimal assistance from organizers, faculty and other students.
  • Two teams from each category will be expected to represent Lassonde at the Ontario Engineering Competition (OEC). OEC is usually hosted within one to four weeks after YEC. Entry into the Ontario Engineering Competition and acceptance to participate in OEC is in accordance with the rules of OEC. Following YEC, the YEC Committee will invite the first place winners in each category to attend the Ontario Engineering Competition. In the event that the first place team in a category is unable to attend OEC or is ineligible to participate, the rules of the Ontario Engineering Competition will be used to select an alternate participant.
  • If a team is judged to be in violation of the official rules of the York Engineering Competition before, during, or after the competition the participant may be ejected from competition, and any prizes awarded may be required to be returned to the YEC Committee.

Check out information about past YECs here.