Machine Shop

Shop & Labs

We are very proud of our large, open machine shop, which is one of the largest shops in North America. One of the major benefits of such an open shop is the great access and exposure it allows students and faculty.

Shops

  1. Electronics Shop
    In this shop students receive assistance in areas outside their primary field of study, such as controls and electronics. The Electronics Shop is run by an Electronic Engineering Tech who works in the capacity of a consultant. It is mainly used for course activities, and is open to graduate and undergraduate students on a drop-in basis from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
    Equipment may be loaned on a case-by-case basis with the permission of the Electrical Engineering Tech.
  2. Machine Shop
    The Machine Shop boasts a diverse array of capabilities, including general machining, welding, CNC machining, 3D printing, water jet cutting, and EDM machining. It is used for course and research activities, as well as for teaching and demonstration. This shop is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM; students may access the shop during their scheduled course times.
    The Machine Shop is used for components of several courses, including MEC E 260, 360, 364, 460, 464, 409, and 564. Technical staff are available for consultation with students.
    Within the shop there are designated areas for both graduate and undergraduate activities.
  3. Undergraduate and Engineering Machine Shop
    This small space, which will be opening in the near future, is used for extracurricular work, such as activities related to the design and building of the Formula SAE race car.

Labs

  1. Undergraduate Work Space
    This area is designated for undergraduate students to work on course-related projects. It contains 25 individual workspaces.
  2. Metrology Lab
    This lab is used for primary measurements work, as well as for research and undergraduate course related activities for MEC E 364, 460, and 464. It contains a laser scanner, probes, a CMM (Coordinate Measurement Machine), an optical comparator, and surface roughness measurement equipment.
  3. Testing Lab
    This research- related physical testing space is used to test and break things, so as to better understand design uncertainty.
  4. Computer Labs
    Our department has three computer labs, which are used for multiple course related activities, including the lab component of MEC E 403. Printers are available in all three labs while scanners are available in Labs 4-19 and 3-26.

          Computer Lab 3-3: 
          Located in Room 3-3, this lab is run by AICT (Academic Information and Communication Technology). Containing 36 computers, this lab may be used for student assignments and is open to students throughout the campus (not just Mechanical Engineering students). Engineering software is installed on these computers. 

          Computer Lab 4-19:
      Located in Room 4-19, this design lab contains 20 computers and is to be used for Mechanical Engineering students only (students must use a validated OneCard to access this lab). Engineering software such as Matlab, Solidworks, Proewildfire 4, and Ansys are installed on these computers. These stations are automatically wiped so that all work or installed programs from the previous login is deleted off for the next student who logs in. 

          Computer Lab 3-26:
       
          Located in Room 3-26, this design lab contains 35 computers and is to be used for Mechanical Engineering students only (students must use a validated OneCard to access this lab). Engineering software such as Matlab, Solidworks, Proewildfire 4, and Ansys are installed on these computers. These stations are automatically wiped so that all work or installed programs from the previous login is deleted off for the next student who logs in.

    • Control and Measurement Lab
      This lab may be used by MEC E 402, 403, and 520.
    • ME Acoustics Lab
      This offsite lab is used for noise and combustion research.