What we do
UManitoba SAE is a student run organization made up of four design teams based out of the Engineering and Information Technology Complex (EITC) on the University of Manitoba's Fort Garry campus.
Each of these teams designs and builds a vehicle to bring to international competitions hosted by SAE International. At competition, these vehicles are judged in a variety of different manners ranging from design and performance to their marketability and cost. These vehicles must meet a strict set of rules regarding their design.
More than just engineers
The most common misconception about our design teams is that they are only for engineers. UManitoba SAE behaves just like a business, and because of that we need a variety of members to be successful. In addition to engineering, we also need people to help with media, business, and outreach. If you think you would be an asset to our team, contact us and we can find a way to put your talent to use.
No experience required
Any post-secondary student can join, whether you're in your undergrad, graduate studies, or getting your diploma. Most of the skills you need will be learned from your section mates and other members. All we ask are that our engineers:
Get hired by the best
In addition to the many great companies within Winnipeg, being an active member of an SAE design team makes you desirable to many prestigious employers internationally. As of 2017 we've had three members graduate to work for Tesla, and others compete in IndyCar and Formula 1. SpaceX also loves to hire SAE students (although due to ITAR regulations us Canadians can't work there). Here are some of our success stories:
Courtney Skene-Hamilton joined the UMSAE Aero Design team in 2007, contributing to the design and manufacture of multiple competition aircraft. She was the Aero team leader in the 2010-2011 competition year, where the team won the NASA Systems Engineering Award, earned first place for their technical presentation, and finished in the top ten overall.
Courtney graduated in 2011 and is working as part of the Space Systems group at Magellan Aerospace.
“My involvement in UMSAE was one of my most educational, challenging, exciting, and fun experiences. I gained so many valuable skills throughout my time on the team. From technical skills relating to design and manufacturing, to communication and project management skills, UMSAE provided the perfect opportunity to develop as an engineer, a team member, and a leader. Working as a team to accomplish a common goal, with such passionate team members, was an incredible and unforgettable experience.”
- Courtney Skene-Hamilton
Keith Edie joined the UMSAE Formula team in 2007, over the course of his 4 years on the team he held numerous positions including Formula Team Leader and participated in the design of over 4 vehicles.
Keith graduated in 2011 and now works for Ilmor Engineering in Plymouth Michigan as a Trackside Engineer for the Chrevolet Team in the IndyCar Racing Series.
"My time in UMSAE has helped me to develop both my task managment and practical engeering skills. What I have learnt in Formula SAE has given me the confidence to pursue a career in motorsport and a foot in the industries door."
- Keith Edie
Kris Goodmanson joined the UMSAE Aero team in 2009, over the course of his 3 years on the team he held numerous positions including Empennage Section Head, Payload Section Head, and Team Leader. Kris participated in the design of over 3 vehicles and graduated in 2012. Over the course of his 3 years, the team won several awards from Lockheed Martin, had a 2nd place international finish and back to back NASA
Systems Engineering Awards. Kris is now working for Shell Canada Energy as a Completions Engineer.
"My time in UMSAE has helped me to develop the important technical, practical, and management skills that are essential for the success in industry. UMSAE gives and allows the opportunities for development beyond the complementing engineering studies."
- Kris Goodmanson
Thomas Vogel joined the UMSAE Formula team in 2007, along the way he held various Design Lead positions and was appointed UMSAE Executive Chair in 2010. He participated in the design of four Formula cars and graduated at the end of the 2010. Over his years of involvement, the team progressed from a 64th overall place finish to 17th. In his final year with the team, he designed the University's first carbon fiber monocoque.
Thomas has now moved on to work as an Aero Design Engineer in Switzerland for Formula 1 team; SauberF1.
"My time with UMSAE has been and always will be one of the most memorable time of my life. I was able to give my studies a true meaning and in return UMSAE. Its projects gave me the experience necessary to reach my ultimate goal of working on Aerodynamics of Formula 1 cars while giving me the cutting edge over all other non UMSAE graduates in getting a job in the industry. UMSAE gave me technical Engineering skills, but also provided me with leadership, one-to-one interactions with Industry sponsors, and an 'outside the box' thinking process. My success would not be possible without the people I had the honor of working with on these projects and more importantly the support provided by the generous sponsors that allowed us to make our designs become reality."
Now that you know more about what joining UManitoba SAE can do you for, we encourage you to:
Learn more about our teams
Email your team of interest for more information
Fill out the UMSAE General Application Form