Mechanical Engineering

Shops and Labs

We are very proud of our 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. 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 in 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.

2. Electronics Shop

In this shop students receive assistance in areas such as controls and electronics, which are outside their primary field of study. The Electronics Shop is run by an Electronic Engineering Tech who works as a consultant. Although the shop is mainly used for course activities, it is also 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.

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 course related activities for MEC E 364, 460, and 464. It contains a laser scanner, probes, a Coordinate Measurement Machine (CMM), 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 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 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.

5. Control and Measurement Lab

This lab may be used by the MEC E 403 and MEC E 420 courses.