What is a Design Team?

An Engineering Design Team is an approved extra-curricular group comprised of current UBC students who design (and potentially develop a prototype of) a device or product (e.g. a robot or a vehicle). 

Students often participate in these activities with a common goal of gaining relevant design, competition, teamwork, and leadership experience.  Teams often choose to enter a regional, national, or international competition with their device, to represent UBC Engineering and put their hard work to the test. 

Official design teams must be approved by the Engineering Design Team Advisory Council.

We currently have 35 teams that address a wide variety of disciplines including watercraft, civil & sustainability teams. Teams generally design and manufacture a device or product (e.g. a robot or a vehicle). Teams often choose to enter a regional, national, or international competition with their device, to represent UBC Engineering and put their hard work to the test. UBC supports existing teams, fosters the development of new ones, and encourages a wide range of collaboration with campus and external partners, helping them achieve their potential through adequate access to resources. 

Who can participate:

To be eligible to participate in design teams, students must:

  • Be a current UBC student that is enrolled in and taking courses in the UBC Vancouver campus.
    • Students on a co-op work term are registered in the corresponding co-op course and are classified as full-time students.
    • Students on internships (not part of the co-op program) and not registered in any courses, are not classified as students because they are not enrolled in any courses.
  • Have completed all necessary requirements (EDI Trainings, Safety Trainings, etc.)
  • Be covered by the additional Volunteer Injury Insurance - UBC undergraduate students (all departments) are eligible for this.
    • These happen twice a year - in November and January.
    • Students who have been added to a design team roster after student group registration (SuperApp) are not covered by insurance and should not be engaging in prototyping work.

All students involved with engineering design teams must follow the UBC Student Code of Conduct found in the Academic Calendar. Failure to comply with the Code of Conduct is grounds for team termination.  


List of Design Teams

Access a comprehensive list of all engineering design teams at UBC, categorized according to different disciplines.

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Faculty Advisors

Each design team must have at least one faculty advisor. Learn about their roles, responsibilities, and how to approach them.

UBC Thunderbots at RoboCup 2022


If you plan to attend or are already participating in a competition, find all the essential information you need to know.

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