Welcome to the Engineering Machine Shop

The Engineering Machine Shop (EMS) is the manufacturing hub that serves the Engineering Faculty and UW community.  Our capabilities enable us to produce custom machined parts, mechanical prototypes, and specialty tooling that supports a wide range of student design team projects, undergrad teaching labs, and research initiatives. 

Specialty services include:

  • CNC Machining 3,4,5 Axis
  • Wire EDM
  • Waterjet Cutting
  • Custom Metal Fabrication
  • Mig and Tig Welding
  • 3D Cad Prototyping
  • DFM Reviews (Design for Manufacturing)
  • Custom Tooling

Work Request


Please note that access to the online work request is limited to the campus networks and campus wireless and remote access through the VPN.  It is not available off campus without the VPN. To gain VPN access please go to uwaterloo.ca/information-systems-technology/services/virtual-private-network-vpn.

EMS Stores


EMS online stores is a 24/7 online platform that gives access for faculty, staff, and students to place orders for stock material, hardware, fasteners, and misc items for projects.  Visit http://ems-stores.uwaterloo.ca/ems-site/

Attention:  Currently, items listed in our database are not guaranteed in stock.  If the item you require is not in stock, we can place an order.  Generally, most items arrive in 3-5 business days.  While we always strive to maintain the best price, pricing is subject to change for items not in stock.   

Please Note:  We only accept Watcard and UW account numbers for payment.  We do not accept cash, debit, or credit card.

Hours of Operation

Monday- Friday 8:45am - 4:15pm

Closed for breaks:

10:00am - 10:20am

12:00pm - 12:30pm

3:00pm - 3:20pm


For further information, please call x 32110.

Manager: Brian Shuh x32495 (bshuh@uwaterloo.ca)

Lead Hand: Phill Laycock x32110 (p2laycock@uwaterloo.ca)

Engineering Student Machine Shop

The Engineering Student Machine Shop (ESMS), located in E5, is the Engineering Faculty’s primary student machine shop and supports course projects, student design teams, entrepreneurship, and graduate students.  The ESMS provides access to a variety of machine tools for metal and wood based projects.  The Shop is supervised by qualified machinist instructors who are available for training on equipment and any technical questions.


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.