Machine Shop

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The Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology maintains a machine shop with comprehensive facilities available to Michigan Tech students. The shop also offers machining and fabrication services for the university research community.


The shop facility is made up of several distinct areas: the main shop area containing traditional metalworking machines including CNC and manual lathes and mills, bandsaws, drill presses, grinders, sanders, CNC plasma cutter and a welding area; an assembly area, where student groups have designated space; a prototyping and reverse-engineering room which includes a portable laser scanner and industrial quality 3D printers; and a student computing area with six workstations and space for design briefings and team meetings.


Students have the convenience of working through all phases of a project in one location: from design and computer modeling to fabrication to assembly. Additionally, shop hours are extended during the academic year to accommodate students’ schedules.


The primary focus of the shop facility is safety in all operations and strict guidelines are in place to provide a safe, clean and organized environment for working and learning.

Safety Resources

Machine Shop Manual—safety and shop use guideline

Safety First Alert—sign up for emergency communications

Emergency Guide—information for emergency situations

Public Safety and Police Services—police programs and services

Facility Access—after hour building and room access


Nicholas Hendrickson

  • Professor of Practice, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Affiliated Professor of Practice, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Director, Machining and Additive Manufacturing Facilities