Machine Shop

Affiliated departments and school


Student Machine Shop


photo Tom Wilson
Thomas Wilson

Course Cost


For SCS Personnel
$50.00

For Non-SCS Personnel
$150.00

How to Enroll:
Sign-up sheet in the shop
Techniques taught
  • Milling
  • Drilling
  • Lathe Turning
  • Soldering
  • Sawing
  • Completion of final project demonstrating knowledge of above techniques
Student Machine Shop Rules After Hours Use Location Map in Noyes Lab
  • Location:

     48 Noyes Laboratory
  • Hours:

     7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. & 12 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Monday thru Friday
  • Telephone:

    (217) 333-7650
  • E-mail:

      thomew [at] illinois [dot] edu
Student Shop Course
Required for anyone using the machine tools in the Student Shop.
Recommended for anyone who will be working with instrument design, construction, modification or repair.
Creating new instruments and repairing existing devices frequently requires mechanical design and machining. The Student Shop Class teaches undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows to use machine tools, thus gaining an appreciation of the basics of mechanical design and the limitations of fabrication techniques.

The class is taught in the Student Machine Shop, 48 Noyes Laboratory, by Tom Wilson. A sign-up sheet is maintained in the shop. Classes are limited to 4 people at a time. Classes may be scheduled for 3-4 hour periods during normal shop hours.

Techniques taught include basic milling, drilling, lathe turning, soldering, and sawing. The student makes a project demonstrating knowledge of each of these techniques. Safe practices are emphasized throughout. Of equal importance, the generation and interpretation of machine drawings are discussed. It is through such drawings that scientists and machinists can communicate.


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Machine Shop
School of Chemical Sciences
MC-712 Box 50-5
B71 Roger Adams Lab
505 South Matthews Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
Mike Harland, Shop Manager
mharland [at] illinois [dot] edu

(217) 333-4278
7:30 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.
12:30 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday

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