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Undergraduate Machine Shop

The ME undergraduate machine shop is located in the GG Brown Laboratory building room 1509. The hours of operation are generally Mon-Fri 8-8:30 during the semester. Enter through the northeast door, shown here on the map. Undergraduate students who are enrolled in ME classes and complete the required training can use the shop. Priority is given to students completing projects in the X50 design and manufacturing courses. Submit requests for students involved in undergraduate research from the faculty advisor to Don Wirkner (dwirkner) for permission.

**** Engineering drawings for all work and manufacturing plans for mill and lathe parts are required (approved by course GSI and shop staff).

**** Shop Rules – Review before coming to the shop.

Required Training for Access to the Machine Shop

  • Five training modules covering general safety, precision measurements, cutting and drilling, milling machine and lathe, completed in a canvas course
  • Machining two exercise parts: one on the mill and one on the lathe, completed in the shop

The training modules are typically completed when enrolled in ME 250, and are available in a canvas course for the manufacturing labs. The modules cover general basic information on the machines, tools and processes in the undergrad shop. Complete a quiz after each of the modules in order to get credit through the canvas course. Once the five modules are complete, sign up for machines to complete the mill and lathe part exercises. Email Don Wirkner (dwirkner) to be added to the canvas course if you are not enrolled in ME250. The mill and lathe exercise parts typically take about 90 min each, and sign up is required. Links to the training material and other helpful videos are linked below.

Machine Signups

Mill and Lathe machines require sign up one day ahead of time (in 90 min blocks). Bring your approved prints and manufacturing plans (with signature approved by shop staff).

Sign Up Here

Machine Shop Resources (Drawing and Manufacturing Plan Templates, Machine List, SDS Documents)