FAQ

Why should I hire you?
Why are you in Mechanical Engineering instead of Mechatronics, and why Waterloo?
What should I do if I want to convert a car to electric?
Where do you find everything you need to build something?
What car do you drive right now?
Aren’t you a little young to be driving a station wagon?
Can you fit a single mattress, desk, and bed frame in the back?
How do you fund your projects and education?


Why should I hire you?

Some say, I’m a robot, and my heart takes 1.21 gigawatts to run.

I prefer to believe that my years of practical experience get the job done:

  • Working on cars
    • Engine and transmission replacements
    • Timing belts, brakes, steering and suspension work
    • Exhaust welding, electrical and fuel system diagnosis, etc.
    • Using hand tools, tire machines and balancers, hoists, etc.
    • Converting an Audi A4 to electric drive
  • Building FRC robots
    • Designing drive trains, end effectors, frames, and gearboxes
    • Using encoders, limit switches, potentiometers, photoswitches etc. to enable automated features
    • Sizing motors, pneumatic cylinders, and electrical components
  • Designing machines
    • Revising drywall manufacturing equipment designs
    • Creating fabrication drawings with GD&T
  • Making metal chips
    • Turning and milling, aluminum, steel, titanium
    • Writing G-Code manually and using MasterCAM
    • Grinding, drilling, precision hammering etc.

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Why are you in Mechanical Engineering instead of Mechatronics, and why Waterloo?

I’m in Mechanical because Mechatronics has more programming than I would like and fewer physics courses. I prefer to do mechanical design, but can program in C++, LabVIEW, and Arduino-C.

I choose Waterloo for coop, and that’s really it. I’ve had 2 amazing coop terms so far, one at Gypsum Technologies (Gyptech), and at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC). At Gyptech, I worked on creating drawings for fabricating drywall manufacturing equipment and revising previous machines for new projects. At XRCC, I worked on commissioning an experimental inkjet print fixture which involved developing software in LabVIEW, wiring and interfacing to a variety of sensors, and using National Insturments hardware.

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What should I do if I want to convert a car to electric?

First and foremost you have to ask yourself if you are willing to throw time and money at a project car and whether you have or can acquire the resources for a conversion. If you’re sure you want to do a conversion then start searching for cars and components and budget the project out, you’ll probably want at least 15-20k for a good conversion.

If you feel like you don’t have the necessary skills or resources, it might be better for you to buy a production electric car. The conversion process is a great learning experience, but you should be prepared to learn a lot.


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Where do you find everything you need to build something?

Ebay, Dealextreme, Princess Auto (basically Canadian Harbour Freight), Canadian Tire, Busy Bee tools, VEX Robotics, and McMaster Carr. Mcmaster Carr started shipping to Canada January 2014, definitely my favourite place to order from. Digikey is also great for electronics.

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What car do you drive right now?

I’m currently driving a 2006 Audi a6 Avant 3.2 in Atlas Gray:

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Aren’t you a little young to be driving a station wagon?

I like the practicality and profile of my wagon, plus the added benefit of lower insurance rates and other drivers being nicer to me. I also like sleepers and understated cars which don’t attract attention saying “Look, I a dick and I drive fast”

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Can you fit a single mattress, desk, and bed frame in the back?

Yes I can, and more:

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How do you fund your projects and education?

Initially in high school, my project were funded by my summer jobs and my parents. After Tesla had their IPO, I took over one of my parents’ online investment accounts and bought all the shares I could. I’m still in and out of Tesla as well as Solar City, raking in money to cover tuition and side projects, commonly referred to as “Tesla Money”.

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