The final year project is considered to be an important part of the engineering education process and projects sponsored by local industry are very welcome.
In the past many companies have benefited considerably from technology developed as part of a final year project. Although the projects normally require a minimum of 300 hours of student time, many students spend up to 600 hours. Students work in teams ranging in size from one to three.
- Student-Industry Partnerships Program
There are two ways in which industries may be involved in final year projects. The first is through the Student-Industry Partnerships Program coordinated by the University Engagement, Partnerships and Projects office.
The program places undergraduate students supported by an academic supervisor with an innovative industry/company under a collaborative sponsored agreement to carry out a project activity while studying in their final year. The project may be an assessable part of the student's academic program and can cover a period of between three to nine months or up to 600 hours of student's time. Normally only one student works on the project, gains a stipend of up to $150 per day while completing the project work, and involves regular meetings and monitoring of students progress to ensure that the project remains on schedule. The total cost to industry for this program is $10,000. The student commences the project at the beginning of March until the end of October, including vacation time in June/July.
The program enhances student skills through relevant real-world projects in research and development and profits industry by collaboration in training expertise transfer, innovation and development.
- Other Project Sponsorship Opportunities
The second way that companies may be involved is less structured than the first in terms of project management. Students work in groups of two or three from the beginning of March until the end of October and may be expected to spend 300 to 400 hours on the project. The project is supervised by a member of academic staff and the students are not paid a stipend. An upfront fee of $500 to cover incidental expenses is charged. If both the company and the academic supervisor agree that the project has met specified goals, a further payment to the School of Mechanical Engineering of $2000 is required at the completion of the project.
For both types of sponsorship, costs of production of substantial items of test equipment must be met by the company. However, equipment already available in the School can generally be used for the project free of charge provided that certain guidelines are met.
Final year projects are presented at Ingenuity in October every year. The event is characterised by intense and enthusiastic competition for the few prizes for excellence that are sponsored by local industry.
View current and past Honours projects.