Machine Shop




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Bench Power Tools

Drill Doctor


Hand Power Tools

Circular Saw
Drill (Cordless)
Hammer Drill (BOSCH)
Heat Gun
Jig Saw (BOSCH)
Sander (Orbital)



Use of the machine shop is free-of-charge for department staff, associates, and people working for either group on projects related to departmental research. However, the department reserves the right to deny access to a user that does not respect the equipment, lacks required shop skills, ignores basic safety protocols, or who does not clean up after themselves. With this in mind, the shop basically operates as follows.

  1. McGill requires that you have Workplace Hazardous Materials Informations System (WHMIS) training before you may work in the workshop (e.g., oil, cutting fluid, etc.) See the Environmental Health and Safety web site for more information.
  2. The department has no machinist to make parts for you. For the most part you are on your own with your project.
  3. Special tools required for a project are at the expense of the lab commissioning the project.
  4. Such purchased tools may either remain the property of the lab (and be removed from the shop) or may be donated to the shop for the greater good of the department.
  5. A user that breaks a tool must report the incident to the shop manager so that arrangements may be made to have the item fixed or replaced. (The lab responsible for the user will be passed on the costs.)
  6. Stock for a project must be purchased at the expense of the lab. (It is recommended that remaining stock be taken back to the lab for future use. There is no control over stock left in the machine shop nor is there any accountability of ownership.)
  7. Shop cleanliness abides by a zero footprint policy. After each shop use the user must clean the equipment, work surfaces, and floor so that, within reason, there is no sign of work having been done there.
  8. The shop stocks hand, ear and eye protective equipment. However, you must come provide your own lab coat.