The Queen's Vertical Farming Team (QVFT) is Canada's first undergraduate engineering team of its kind. Recognizing this rapidly emerging industry, QVFT is designing and building a functional, software-automated aeroponic vertical farm on Queen's University campus. The majority of existing research in this field is conducted privately and is thus inaccessible to the public. Through its open-source approach, QVFT aims to democratize vertical farming knowledge and research. If you would like to learn more about QVFT, please visit our website at

Key Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Computer-aided design (CAD):
    • Strategically place pipe fittings in order to:
      • Maintain water tightness
      • Ensure 'safe' failure modes
      • Prevent leakage, back-flow, cavitation and excess pressure build up.
    • Design new system components that meet provided design constraints.
    • Competently manage large CAD assemblies and read drawings.
  • Quantitative analysis:
    • Use fluid mechanics to determine pumping requirements and optimize physical system parameters.
    • Model and iterate calculations with MATLAB, python or equivalent tool.
    • Interpret product data-sheets and select practical components that best meet your calculated 'ideal' values.
  • Manufacturing
    • 3D printing and small scale manufacturing using available facilities on Queen's Campus.
    • Have completed MECH212 or similar course for machine shop training.

Applications due March 13th at 11:59pm