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The student machine is located in MC78, and is available to all undergraduate engineering students, plus MIE graduate students. Machining projects should be related to U of T academic activities or student clubs. Students planning to use this facility should plan well ahead to clear all the access requirements.

The following resources are available to students using the student machine shop:

  • Bridgeport Milling Machines
  • Drill Presses
  • Hardinge Lathes
  • Vertical Bandsaw and Cutoff Saws
  • Workbenches and Vices
  • Hand tools
  • Assistance and consultation available
  • Sheet metal sheer, hole punches and bending machines
  • Milling cutter and Lathe tool bit kits

*Access to the student machine shop is for all engineering undergraduate students and MIE graduate students only.

All of the following steps must be undertaken by any student wanting to perform any machining task in the MIE student shop:

  • The student must pass a 2-day hands-on introductory machining course called “Basic Machining” (which includes machine shop safety) offered by George Brown College to U of T students. This course is offered approximately 15 times per year. There is a non-refundable fee of $150 for this George Brown course. Course descriptions and registration procedures are available here.
    Any alternate college level machining course is also acceptable, provided that it includes hands-on instruction over a minimum duration of 2 days, and there is proof that the student successfully completed the course. The MIE shop management team makes the final decision as to whether an alternate introductory machining course is an acceptable substitute for the Basic Machining course.
  • The student must pass the MIE on-line general safety course. This is a U of T regulation for all students working in any type of MIE laboratory setting. To register, please contact safety@mie.utoronto.ca  There is no fee.
  • Review the Student Safety Manual, and then review student manuals for proper use of machine tools.
  • Next, the student goes to the student machine shop in MC78 and signs up for a seminar/safety course on operation of our specific machines and shop rules. The course will normally be run by one of the two student machine shop supervisors: Keith Hockley or Shawn Miehe. Following this seminar, there is a short test. There is no fee
  • Once the above steps are complete, the student goes to the machine shop to complete registration and is then eligible to use the student machine shop for the remainder of the academic year, until August 31. To maintain access privileges for the MIE student machine shop in subsequent academic years, the University requires that the student complete an annual on-line refresher safety course. To register, please contact safety@mie.utoronto.ca. There is no fee payable for such renewals. The George Brown Basic Machining course and MIE shop seminar do not need to be repeated annually.

Regulations and operational policies for use of the student machine shop:

  • Shop Safety: No person is allowed in the machining area of the MIE shop until a series of safety training initiatives has been completed. The student shop machinists have the right to suspend shop access to any person due to safety concerns or misbehavior. The machine shop is a work area – only people who are actually machining may gain access. Regulations such as no cell-phones, no jewelry, no loose clothing or hair, proper footwear, and safe machining practices are strictly enforced according to the interpretation of the professional supervisors. All regulations covered in the safety seminars must be followed at all times.
  • Student use of Shop Facilities: The student must bring a clear drawing of the machining work to be done (either carefully hand-drawn, or composed with a drawing package such as AutoCAD or SolidWorks). No student is allowed access just to “watch” or “guide” a friend. Each student must work alone on a machine without any distractions from other students; requests for assistance should be made directly to the student shop machinists. There are no chairs available for relaxation or discussions – each student is expected to work steadily at machining operations and then clock out of the machine shop to free up access for other students.
  • Shop Usage Monitoring: Student machining time will be tracked by an automated database. When a student requests a tool cutter kit (kits are locked up and only given out by the student shop machinists) for use on a specific machine, the student will surrender his/her student T-card to the attending student shop machinists for swiping in. When the student is finished machining and has cleaned up to the satisfaction of the student shop machinists, the T-card will be swiped out and returned to the student. The number of hours used will then be billed to the student’s home department. There is no charge to the student.
  • Accounting/Shop Charges: Small pieces of aluminum, steel, and metal fasteners are provided at no charge; major pieces of material such as steel or aluminum are provided at cost if we have them in stock.  Access to cutting tools such as standard drill bits and end mills are provided at no charge. Brief engineering design consultations and guidance on machine operation are provided at no charge. More extensive assistance on engineering designs from the machine shop professional staff on engineering designs may be purchased by the hour if they have time available.

Hours of operations:

During the academic year:

  • Monday to Friday: 8:00 am – 9 pm
  • Saturday:  9 am – 4:30 pm
  • Sunday closed

May – June:

  • Monday to Friday: 8:00 am – 4 pm
  • Weekends closed

July – August:

  • Monday to Friday: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
  • Weekends closed

(Hours may vary during exam periods and special occasions. Check MC78 entrance-way for updated hours. Shop may be closed for lunch/dinner breaks)