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 2020

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

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


Online Work Request


Online work request QR code

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.


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.


We are currently open for business.

We would like to make our customers aware that the EMS inventory is now available online. Please follow the link below to access the website:

EMS inventory QR code

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

The Engineering Machine Shop will be closed on the following dates:

Monday, May 24 for Victoria Day
Thursday, July 1st and Friday, July 2nd for the Canada Day Holiday
Monday, August 2nd for the Civic Holiday
Monday, September 6th for Labour Day
Monday, October 11th for the Thanksgiving Holiday
Thursday, December 24th, 2021 to Friday, Monday, January 3, 2022 for the holiday season.

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.