Conestoga news

August 2, 2007 2:05 PM

Technical Students to Showcase Imaginative, Real-World Projects

Efficient and durable wind turbines can make our need for energy less harmful and more economical. Advances in goods and services available through e-commerce portals can have a significant effect on business productivity and competitiveness. Your health can be improved through use of a home gym, but even more so if that device is intelligently designed to produce the benefits it promises.

Conestoga College technology students can address these topics, and many more.

Practical, student-created, student-produced technical projects are the hallmark of final-year studies in many of Conestoga College’s diploma programs in engineering technology and information technology. Sophisticated problem analysis and problem solving also characterize project work produced by students in Conestoga’s four-year degree programs. Skills perfected in this way produce better-prepared graduates, ready to help employers move forward in an increasingly competitive and innovative economic environment.

Projects in fields such as computer programming, robotics, automated manufacturing, telecommunications, architecture and industrial design will be on display at Conestoga on Tuesday, August 14 for an audience of potential employers, College officials and faculty, and guests of the participating students.

In addition, the event is open to the public - admission and parking are free.

The event is called Tech Showcase, and takes place from 1-5 p.m. in the ATS Engineering Complex located at Conestoga’s Doon campus in Kitchener. Participating student teams are from several programs of study: Mechanical Engineering Technology - Robotics and Automation, Mechanical Engineering Technology - Design and Analysis, Computer Programmer/Analyst, and three Bachelor of Applied Technology programs: Integrated Advanced Manufacturing Technologies; Architecture - Project and Facility Management; and Telecommunication and Computer Technologies.

As part of Tech Showcase, three fully operational types of robotic assembly line will be on display. One will deal with assembly and packaging of three-CD boxed sets, the second will manufacture boxes of facial tissues, and the third will produce key chains.

All of these projects are designed to draw on the full range of skills these students have developed throughout their time at Conestoga, and emphasize teamwork as well as a comprehensive approach that includes concept development, feasibility studies, research, project management, analysis through consultation with professionals in the field, production, troubleshooting of problems, costing and budgeting, and full documentation of the project.

Many of the projects incorporate valuable lessons students have learned during periods of co-operative education in business and industry.

Conestoga’s approach has merit, because the College has the highest graduate employment success figure of any public college or institute in the province - 95 per cent -- according to the Key Performance Indicator data released this spring by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Conestoga has been tops in this category for three consecutive years.

All the participating students will be on hand to present, discuss and answer questions about their projects.

CONTACT: Lynne Kattenhorn, 519-748-5220, ext. 3401, or Laurie Doersam, 519-748-5220, ext. 2248,