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ME Student Machine Shop

The Mechanical Engineering Department Student Machine Shop provides engineering students with a well-equipped, safe working environment in which those students can design and manufacture their projects for engineering classes, research, and vehicle and team competition through on-site technical guidance.
why The shop provides safety training and technical guidance as well as machine operation instruction for the purpose of providing hands on experience which seeks to balance and compliment the strong theoretical education here at UC Berkeley. It serves engineering students from the ME, CE, NE, and BioE Departments. It also supports engineering team competitions: Formula SAE, CalSol (solar powered), Super Mileage Vehicle, Human Powered Vehicle, and Civil Engineering Bridge Building teams.
where The Student Machine Shop is located at 1166 Etcheverry Hall in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the north end of the University of California at Berkeley.
who The Student Shop is managed and operated by Dennis Lee, Jesse Lopez, Mick Franssen, Jacob Gallego, and Scott McCormick who between them have accumulated more than 160 years of practical work experience in industry and manufacturing.
how The Student Machine Shop training program provides student instruction covering safe working skills using hand tools, operating power machine tools safely, and the general procedures operating those machine tools. The machine tools include engine lathes, vertical and horizontal milling machines, drill presses, off-hand grinders, belt sanders, band saws, and additional equipment used in teaching manufacturing processes, including an OMAX Water Jet, a Mori Seiki CNC Lathe, a HAAS VF-O VMC, and a FANUC Cut Wire EDM
when Upon completion of a concentrated technical training program, students who qualify are allowed to utilize the shop facility. Here, they design and manufacture their engineering projects supporting their engineering class work, research, and team competition groups.
sign up Student machine shop training begins by signing up at the machine shop in 1166 Etcheverry Hall at the beginning of each semester, see Mick, Dennis, Jesse, Jacob or Scott for individual sign ups.


Student Shop Hours
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
(510) 642-4006

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Summer 2015


The shop is available for students who will be working on projects and research related to our department.

If any student hasn't received the safety orientation and needs to use the Mechanical Engineering student shop this semester, they need to go through safety orientation in the early part of the semester. Students who have already done the orientation in the Mechanical Engineering student shop prior to this semester do not need to go through it again. Training in an other location does not qualify the student to work in the shop.

Students will need to visit the shop in 1166 Etcheverry Hall to schedule their orientation. The shop is open Monday through Friday 8am-12pm and 1-5pm.

The orientation is for education and safety purposes. It consists of three 1-hour sessions, and a final 2-hour, hands-on session.

It is recommended that interested students sign up early during the first 3 weeks of the semester. Scheduling is on a first come-first served basis. The staff cannot guarantee a slot in the schedule for students who don't sign up early.

Scheduling begins May 27, 2015, and the training must be completed by June 19, 2015.


Shop Rules:

  • Safety glasses required

  • No open-toed shoes, flip-flops, or sandals allowed in the ME Student Machine Shop or ME 102/130 work areas

  • See the Student Shop Safety Guideline Sheet