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Turret Protection Challenge


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Mechanical Engineering Coop (Sept 2020)

Aug. 1, 2020


The L3 Wescam camera turret is installed externally on the plane underbelly. In the event of a crash landing, the camera may be damaged or destroyed. Currently, there are no mechanisms in place to protect the turret in these situations.


Who can participate

L3 is looking for their next Control systems Co-Op. They are looking for students currently enrolled in 3rd or 4th year of an Engineering program (Electrical, Mechanical, Software, Mechatronics, etc.). You must be able to commit for a 12-month long internship and must be enrolled within a Co-Op program.


Challenge Description 


L3 Wescam is a Canadian company specializing in the production of gyro-stabilized EO-IR imaging systems. Wescam is the pioneer in making equipment for airborne surveillance and reconnaissance, making turret cameras used by defence, homeland security, and law enforcement agencies. The new Wescam Advanced Video Tracker can track a vehicle up to a distance of 14 km! These turrets are usually installed in the bottom-front of the aircraft or helicopter fuselage.


  1. The turret weighs around 260 pounds, keep the centre of mass in consideration 

  2. Shape and size of the turret cannot be changed 

  3. The yoke and connector can be modified as per the needs of the design 

  4. Keep in mind the wires connecting from the turret to the plane 

  5. Shocks can damage the turret 

  6. The turret needs to be easily accessible after landing



Submission Requirements 

  1. You may communicate your design solution using any CAD software, sketches, simulations, etc.

  2. Consider submitting a PowerPoint or similar document with your design which explains your design, calculations, reason for certain choices, etc.

  3. Round all values needed for calculation purposes to 3 significant digits

  4. You may create an appendix to place all your calculations and any tables needed for your personal solution



3-5 applicants with the best solutions will be invited for an interview.

  • Job Title: Mechanical Engineering Intern

  • Duration: 4 Months

  • Start Date: September 1, 2020

  • Location: Burlington, Ontario

Job Description

About L3 Harris WESCAM


L3Harris WESCAM designs and manufactures industry-leading multi-spectral and multi-sensor electro optic infrared (EO/IR) imaging and targeting sensor systems, and fully integrated mission systems for air, land and sea domains.