Undergraduate Design Facilities


The objective of the Undergraduate Design Facilities (UDF) is to provide students with a safe and useful space in which to work on design projects. In addition to equipment resources students are given training in general workshop safety and proper tool use. Whether they need to realize a fully functional mechatronic device or simply meet to discuss deadlines with their teammates, the UDF is there both as a learning experience and a valuable resource.


Finding space to store your design projects can prove challenging, particularly for students living in residence or commuting. That is why the Undergraduate Design Facilities (UDF) has made 72 lockers available a free-of-charge to students working on a design projects as part of their undergraduate program.Lockers are located in the basement hallway of the Lassonde Mining Building (170 College Street). The lockers range in size from full height to 1/3 height.

Lockers are allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Only one locker will be assigned per design team. Note lockers are only available for storing your design project and project related materials.

To request a locker, please complete Google Docs request form.

Questions? Please contact, Joe Baptista (joe@mie.utoronto.ca), Director of Operations.

The Undergraduate Design Facilities (UDF) are made up of two locations, theUndergraduate Design Workshop (UDW) and the Undergraduate Design Studio (UDS).

Undergraduate Design Workshop

Location: Mechanical Engineering Building, Room 216 | Capacity: Up to 20, at the shop supervisors discretion | Hours: 9 AM to 4:45 PM, Monday to Friday

The UDW is a light work space for undergraduate students to construct and assemble projects and models. It is equipped with a selection of manual and power tools, but more importantly students have access to safe tool-use training and supervised work times. The intent is to provide a location where students can get comfortable with tool use, gain valuable hands-on experience building projects, and learn safe practices in a workshop environment. The primary materials worked on in the UDW are soft wood, plastic, and foam. Metal work can be done in the Student Machine Shop.

Students interested in using this space must meet three requirements:

  1. Get permission from their instructor/advisor
  2. Complete the Online Health and Safety Training Course
  3. Complete the Hands-on Site Training

To register for the Hands-on Site Training visit:workshopforum.mie.utoronto.ca

Instructors or supervisors interested in booking access to this facility for their students should contact workshop@mie.utoronto.ca.

The Undergraduate Design Workshop (UDW) is equipped with both manual and power tools for working on wood, foam, and plastic. for sample the tools available.

  • Drill press
  • Scroll saw
  • Belt and disc sander
  • Compressed air tools
  • Digital calliper
  • Bench vices
  • Hole saw
  • Impact sockets
  • Hot knife foam cutter
  • Soldering iron
  • Riveter
  • Glue gun
  • Hand power sander
  • Power drill
  • Jig saw
  • Rotary tool
  • Hotwire foam cutter
  • Metre sticks
  • Framing square
  • Hand saw
  • Hack saw
  • Screwdrivers
  • Tape measure
  • Tin snips
  • Pliers
  • Files
  • Chisels
  • Contour gauge
  • Utility knife
  • Levels
  • Bench hotwire foam cutter

Undergraduate Design Studio

Location: Lassonde Mining Building, basement floor, Room 71 | Capacity: 60 students

UDS is a space for undergraduate student design teams to gather in a classroom flexible enough to accommodate the needs of a group of design teams. It is equipped with movable tables, chairs, mobile easel white boards, and a projector.

This space is intended for use in design team meetings and planning work. It is NOT intended for construction work. For space to construct your prototype see the UDW.

UDS is available for the use of all MIE undergraduates, whenever it is not booked for course labs.

All MIE students should have access with their T cards

Please contact contact, Joe Baptista (joe@mie.utoronto.ca), Director of Operation, if you have any questions or need assistance.

Undergraduate Design Facilities Supervisor

Jason Bazylak

Office #1: Mechanical Building – Room 323
Phone: 416-946-5066

Office #2: Mining Building – Room 73A (located off the tool room)
Phone: 416-978-8302

Email: jbazylak@mie.utoronto.ca

Website: http://www.mie.utoronto.ca/faculty/jbazylak/

Students may be familiar with Prof. Bazylak through his other roles as Coordinator/Seminar Leader/Project Manager for Engineering Strategies and Practice (APS111 & APS112) and instructor in MIE315: Design for the Environment. As part of his duties include the supversion and management of the UDF. He is primarily found in his MC323 office, but occasionally works out of his MB73A office at the back of the UDW.

Contact if you have suggestions for new tools, requests for maintenance of existing tools or facilities, locker requests, or questions about access to the UDF.