The Final Year Project is a challenging capstone experience for mechanical engineering students as they complete their four year honours degree at the University of Canterbury. It was the first of its kind in New Zealand and has helped to establish our position as the premier Mechanical Engineering institution.
The course builds upon the knowledge and skills that students have gained from previous coursework in their professional engineering degree. Professional working practice is learnt in the context of a realistic engineering problem where integrative aspects are emphasized. The aim is to provide a bridge from academic work to professional practice.
The bulk of the projects come from industry, with many described as back burner or pushing the envelope. Sponsors provide relevant projects, a mentor, and a modest financial grant. The University provides a team of final year students, an academic supervisor and the use of the department's laboratories computing facilities and technical staff.
Information for sponsors, prospective students, and final year students is available on the web or by contacting Dr Dirk Pons, Final Year Projects Director. You may also want to download the printable brochure.