Machine Shop

 The Machine Shop fabricates and assists with design of prototypes, mechanical equipment, and coursework needs while utilizing various fabrication tools.


  • Main shop area: 8am - 12noon and 1pm - 6pm Monday through Friday


  • Fabrication of prototype mechanical equipment for research
  • Provide training on equipment and safety in the student machine shop
  • Provide and maintain machines in the student machine shop
  • Assistance selecting materials for mechanical design applications
  • Assist with the design of mechanical prototypes and systems
  • Conduct labs and workshops
  • Machine Shop Technical Request


  • Sharp Milling machine with Proto-Trak 2 Axis CNC control
  • Bridgeport EZ Trak DX 2 Axis CNC Milling Machine
  • Rockwell Drill Press
  • Harrison AA Tool Room Lathe
  • Harrison M300 13x40 Lathe
  • Harrison M250 Tool Room Lathe
  • Starrett HB 400 Optical Comparator
  • Chevalier Surface Grinder
  • Bridgeport Milling Machine w/Proto-Trak 2 Axis CNC Control
  • Proto-Trak K3 Milling Machine w/Proto-Trak 2 Axis CNC Control
  • Do-All Cut Off Saw and Do-All Vertical Band Saw
  • Willis Radial Arm Drill Press
  • Turn Master 13x40 Lathe
  • Harrison M350 Lathe
  • Kingstonn 18x60 Lathe

Students procedures:

  1. Use must be related to either funded research or your school work.
  2. You must obtain permission from your faculty advisor.
  3. You must complete the "Student Safety Training Session" offered in the shop. Register for this by sending an email to Steven Sheffield.
  4. You must have a training agreement signed by you and the shop instructor.
  5. Start your work!

M.E. Shop usage guidelines:

  1. Ask for instructions if you are not familiar with the particular machine, tool, or procedure.
  2. Safety glasses MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES.
  3. Do not operate machinery with loose clothing or jewelry.
  4. Long hair must be tied back and contained.
  5. No open toed shoes allowed.
  6. Clean machinery every time you use it.
  7. The two person rule is in effect.
  8. Report any machine that has been damaged. This may keep the next user from getting hurt.
  9. Please help keep this shop clean and safe. If you abuse the shop you will lose your privilege to use it.

Contact Us

 Steven Sheffield
 Machine Shop Supervisor II
 MRDC, Room 2323

Steven Sheffield manages the machine shop and supervises the Precision Machining Laboratory; he provides assistance to students and faculty on funded research projects.

Phone: 404.894.3216
Fax: 404.894.8336