Welcome to the Engineering Machine Shop

The Engineering Machine Shop provides machining and fabricating services for the University community, specifically the Faculty of Engineering. We are a large, fully equipped facility and employ four machinists and two welder/fabricators. With an extensive array of machine tools, we have the ability to produce equipment for a broad range of research, teaching and testing needs.

The Engineering Student Machine Shop is staffed by qualified machinists and is available to all current Engineering and Architecture students participating in class projects, design teams and other scholarly activities.


February 14, 2017

For Professors/Instructors/Faculty Members only.

ESMS Scheduling Calendar
Please log in here to input information regarding student's use of the ESMS. (This will assist in appropriate staffing levels for increased demand)



    We only accept Watcard and account numbers for payment. We do not accept cash or credit card.

    On Saturday, April 22nd the Student Shop will be closed at 4pm.

    On Saturday, April 29th the Student Shop will open at 1pm.

    Hours of operation - 2017:

    Main Shop (EMS) - E3 2121

    • Monday - Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm

    * Student Shop 1 (ESMS) - E5 1101D

    • Monday 8:30am to 4:30pm, Tuesday - Friday 8:30am to 9pm
    • Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm
    • Weekday Breaks:
      12:00pm - 12:30pm
      4:30pm - 5:00pm
      7:00pm - 7:20pm
    • Saturday Breaks:
      12:00pm - 12:30pm
      3:00pm - 3:20pm


    Saturday, May 20, 2017 closed for Victoria Day Holiday
    Monday, May 22, 2017 closed for Victoria Day
    Saturday, July 1, 2017 closed for Canada day Holiday
    Monday, July 3, 2017 closed for Canada Day
    Saturday, August 5, 2017 closed for Civil Holiday
    Monday, August 7, 2017 closed for Civil Holiday
    Saturday, September 3, 2017 closed for Labour Day Holiday
    Monday, September 4, 2017 closed for Labour Day
    Saturday, October 7, 2017 closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
    Monday, October 9, 2017 closed for Thanksgiving
    Monday, December 25 to Friday, December 31, 2017 closed for holiday season

    Student Shop 2 (ESMS 2) - ECH 107

    This shop is open on an as needed basis subject to availability of technicians.
    Currently open only for safety orientations sessions. (See below)


    The shop hours are subject to change and whenever possible such changes are announced in advance.

    The ESMS is closed on Saturdays on long weekends.

    An ESMS access card can be obtained by registering and completing the Safety Orientation session (http://doodle.com/4rvkpw72ktv7bvpv) held in the Engineering Student Machine Shop 2 and by submitting a completed policy acknowledgement form (Policy Acknowledgement Form) to Ashley Kropf in E-3 2121.

    Before registering for a safety orientation session please be aware that you must be a current Engineering or Architecture student. To register for safety orientation sessions, please contact Ashley Kropf at akropf@uwaterloo.ca or go to http://doodle.com/4rvkpw72ktv7bvpv.

    Please be aware that these sessions will start at the designated time.  If you arrive late you will need to re-register for another session.


    The ESMS 2 is only accessible from the OUTSIDE of ECH towards Phillip St. You will see a picnic table and a tree – the doors along that walkway are the only accessible doors to the ESMS 2.


    Safety orientation sessions will be scheduled based on requests in order to make best use of our resources.

    Safety Orientation Schedule
    Saturday, April 22 4 - 5pm (being held in E5)
    Tuesday, April 25 1:30 - 2:30pm
    Tuesday, May 2 1:30 - 2:30pm
    Tuesday, May 9 1:30 - 2:30pm
    Tuesday, May 16 1:30 - 2:30pm
    Tuesday, May 23 1:30 - 2:30pm
    Tuesday, May 30 1:30 - 2:30pm


    For further information, please contact Ashley Kropf at akropf@uwaterloo.ca or x 32110.

    Note: in order to help us process your work as quickly and efficiently as possible please submit all relevant drawings and or CAD with your request. As the EMS can be quite busy at times please be aware that we prioritise jobs for undergraduate student teams first; otherwise jobs are initiated in the order that they are received unless special arrangements have been made with the manager or assistant manager.

    Engineering Student Machine Shop - this facility experiences maximum occupancy limits on a regular basis during the winter term as student teams prepare their vehicles etc. for competition. Early mornings are usually less busy than afternoons; plan accordingly if possible.