Machine Shop

*Job submission by appointment only*


Machine Shop Correspondence:

Chris Secord     


Shop Location
Room: Elliott 029 (Basement)   Phone: 250-721-7721

Hours of Service
Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm.  The shop is closed all other hours, weekends and holidays.
No one is permitted to enter or work in the shop after hours without the express permission of the shop supervisor.

Priority of Work

The Machine Shop now serves the Faculty of Science, so the normal priority for processing work will be the repair or fabrication of equipment for:
  1. Science undergraduate laboratories. Shop charges are waived, however, parts costs are recovered.
  2. Science research laboratories. The shop charge is $20/hr ($90/hr for "rush jobs" if overtime is required). Parts costs are recovered.
  3. Non-Science departments/units on campus whether for teaching or research. Job submissions are considered if there is capacity. Labour is charged at $70/hour (plus overtime as needed) and parts costs are recovered.

Shop Safety

No tool, equipment, or facility is to be used for commercial purposes nor shall any tool or item of equipment be removed from the shop without the approval of the shop staff.

The shop machinists will be responsible for completing jobs that are brought into the shop. Any other eligible user wishing to use shop equipment or tools must seek the permission of shop staff, demonstrate competence with the use of the equipment and basic shop practices, and have a shop staff member present. Eligible users may include:
  • Senior Physics & Astronomy undergraduate students
  • Faculty of Science graduate students
  • Faculty of Science faculty, research personnel and staff
**Please note: the shop will be operating with only one machinist effective Nov 14, 2017 until further notice.**

Job submissions must use the web form below and consultations will be arranged as soon as possible, usually between 8:30 and noon. A description, drawing, sample or prototype of the job to be done is desirable. The machinist assigned to the job will discuss the requirements in detail with the customer, and work with them to achieve the desired results.

All customers are responsible for notifying their respective supervisor prior to consultation with shop staff, and a FAST account number must accompany all work to be completed, even if it is determined that there will be no charge.

NB: Job submissions will receive email confirmation, and additional material e.g. design drawings, can be attached to followup email correspondence with shop staff. For efficient job tracking, please ensure that all correspondence retains the same subject line, and is sent to