Senior Design

Baja car student projectSenior Design is the capstone undergraduate design project of the Department of Engineering Technology.

Students apply what they have learned in the classroom to develop a solution to a real-world issue, taking on roles as designers, testers and project managers. Employer sponsors, or local industry leaders, act as their clients, providing feedback and review throughout the project.

What will I do in Senior Design?

Senior Design is a two-course sequence taken during a student’s last year in the engineering technology program. During the first semester, students divide into teams of four to six, research and select an issue, then design its solution. Throughout the process, each team works closely with a faculty advisor to ensure that their project yields high quality results. Meetings also take place periodically with the client for information gathering, progress reviews and design presentations.

In the second semester, student ideas are brought to life by prototype construction, testing and final analysis. The sequence culminates with Design Day, a college-wide event where teams from each engineering department present projects to engineering faculty members and industry leaders.

Past Senior Design projects

  • Motorized Spare Tire Lift to Make Changing a Car Tire Easier
  • Modular Rack System for BSNF Railway Flat Car
  • More Efficient Spray Cleaning System for Frito Lay Inc.
  • More Efficient and Less Costly Outdoor Fan for Air Conditioning Units
  • Improved Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) System
  • Inproved Cyclone Separator for Peerless Manufacturing to Remove Water from Raw Natural Gas Pipelines
  • Pollution Monitoring Shelter
  • Portable Hydroelectric Generator
  • High Survivability of Helicopter Drive Systems
  • Pulse Jet Assisted Hang Glider
  • Human Powered Vehicle Challenge
  • User-operated Sub Vending System

> ETEC student team projects for Senior Design Day 2014

> ETEC student team projects for Senior Design Day 2013

View photos of Senior Design Day 2012

Watch a video of Senior Design Day 2012

View photos of Senior Design Day 2011

Become a professional sponsor

Industry professionals commit about 5-10 hours per month serving as a Senior Design client. Sponsors submit a real-world issue existing in the engineering industry today and provide feedback and review as students develop solutions to that issue. Past sponsors have included:

  • Bell Helicopter
  • Peterbilt Motors Company
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Eagle’s Nest
  • NASA

If you are an professional working in the engineering industry or local engineering company and would like to become a Senior Design sponsor, please contact the Department of Engineering Technology.