The Aero SAE Heavy Lift Club is an engineering design club at the University of Alberta whose goal is to design and construct a radio-controlled model aircraft capable of lifting the maximum weight possible. Design constraints are set out by SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) for their Aero Design® competitions, held annually in the United States.
Involvement in the club and SAE competitions is voluntary and allows students to put their problem solving skills to the test. Members see the entire life cycle of the aircraft production - initial idea conceptualization, solid modeling, creation of drawings, part manufacturing, assembly, and testing. The process of designing and building the aircraft gives students an appreciation for the scale of real-life engineering design projects.
Club members become well-rounded engineers since they have worked to design, fabricate and operate an actual product.