Engineering Research Machine Shop – Faculty of Engineering
Students working on machines in the shop

Engineering Research Machine Shop

The Engineering Research Machine Shop in JHE-115 offers a large range of services to the McMaster community.

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Students working on machines in the shop

Our Services

  • Repair and fabricate complex instruments
  • Perform standard machine shop functions (turning, milling, grinding, and cutting material as well as CNC machining)
  • Electric stick welding (frames, strands, tables)
  • Tig welding (aluminum, stainless steel)
  • Vacuum welding
  • Gas welding (brazing, silver solder, soft solder)
  • Computerized orbital welding can be arranged in conjunction with the MNR 
  • Formal mechanical drawings are not required. We can work from sketches and instructions from the customer.

We also offer consultation on the design and construction of mechanical devices.

Our store area offers a wide range of materials including steel, aluminum, stainless steel, plastic, and fasteners.

Student machine shop

  • Busy Bee lathe
  • Logan collet lathe
  • Small South Bend lathe
  • Ryder milling machine
  • Clausing positional drilling machine
  • Brown Boggs manual shear
  • Sheet metal brake presses
  • DoALL vertical bandsaw

Students must complete an orientation session in order to be able to use the shop.    Please visit the shop to sign up for a session.

For more information please contact:

Jim Cleaver

  1. Students must sign in and check with the supervisor prior to using the shop.
  2. Everyone using the shop, including helpers, must attend an orientation session.
  3. Students shall consult with the supervisor for the proper size and type of tool for the work.
  4. Machines and tools shall be cleaned after each use and all tools shall be returned to the appropriate storage area clean and in good condition.
  5. Damaged tools or equipment should be reported to the supervisor and taken out of service immediately.
  6. Floors shall be kept clear of scrap and excessive litter.
  7. Spills are a slipping hazard and shall be covered with an absorbent and then cleaned up.
  8. Work shall be mounted in a vise, clamp or holder whenever possible – consult with the supervisor for procedure on various materials and/or sizes.
  9. Edged tools shall be handled carefully and reported to the supervisor when damaged or dull so that they can be taken out of use and replaced or sharpened as needed.
  10. Machines must be fully stopped before taking measurements.
  11. Report to the supervisor any machines that need blade or tool changes.
  12. Cuttings and chips shall be removed by brushes or pliers, NOT by bare hands.
  13. Machine users shall not wear jewellery that may get caught in machines including but not limited to rings, chains, necklaces etc.
  14. Long hair shall be tied up, long sleeves rolled up and no loose scarves, head coverings or gloves may be worn when operating machinery.
  15. Hearing protection is available upon request and may be worn when noisy machines are operating.
  16. Eye protection must be worn by all persons entering the work area – please use the safety glasses provided and return them to the box by the door when leaving.
  17. Contact lenses may not be worn in the shop – there is a serious health hazard regarding the use of them in the shop environment.
  18. Shorts should not be worn in the work area – some exceptions may be made by supervisor.
  19. The minimum required foot protection is a shoe that fully encloses the foot such as a running shoe or athletic shoe. No open toed shoes, open backed sandals or high heels are permissible.
  20. Compressed air shall not be used to clean tools, machines or persons, except when authorized by the supervisor.
  21. Persons shall not engage in horseplay or cause distractions to other shop users.
  22. All injuries and “near misses” shall be reported immediately to the supervisor.
  23. The supervisor shall have final authority over access to tools and equipment.


  • Jim Cleaver

    Machinist – Lead Hand, Engineering Research Machine Shop

    JHE 115


    905-525-9140 ext. 24296