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. Students are not permitted to use the equipment in this shop.

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. Please note that an access card is required and is obtained after completing the safety orientation session.

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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).


The EMS will be closed from 11:30am to 1:30pm on Thursday, April 12th.

The EMS will be closed at 3:00pm on Thursday, April 19th.

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

The E5 Student Shop will be open on Monday evenings until 9pm until further notice.

The E5 and ECH Student Shops will be open on Saturdays until further notice.

Hours of operation 2017

Main Shop (EMS) - E3 2121

  • Monday - Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Closed for Breaks:
    10:00am - 10:20am
    12:00 - 12:30pm
    3:00pm - 3:20pm

Student Shop 1 (ESMS) - E5 1101D

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

Student Shop 2 (ESMS 2) - ECH 107

This shop is open on an as needed basis subject to availability of technicians.


  • Friday, March 30th
  • Monday, May 21st
  • Monday, July 2nd
  • Monday, August 6th
  • Monday, September 3rd
  • Monday, October 8th
  • Monday, December 24, 2018 to Tuesday January 1, 2019 closed for the holiday season.

Disclaimer: 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.


Engineering Machine Shop

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.

Engineering Student Machine Shops and Student Design Centre

Any inquires regarding the Student Shops and the Student Design Centre can be directed to Graeme Adair at graeme.adair@uwaterloo.ca or x 39389.

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.