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.

Hours of operation 2019

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


  • Monday, October 15
  • Tuesday, December 24, 2019 to Wednesday January 1, 2020 for the holiday season.

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

Online 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 https://vpn.uwaterloo.ca.


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

Manager, Engineering Machine Shop

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 circumstances may warrant a discussion with the manager.


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


Engineering Student Machine Shop

Students have the option to do work themselves in the Engineering Student Machine Shop. This 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.


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.