University of California, Riverside

Department of Mechanical Engineering

College of Engineering Machine Shop

me machine shop

Machine Shop Description

The Machine Shop specializes in design, research, development of experimental apparatus, medical devices, and scientific equipment.  The shop’s capabilities consist of complete design of fabrication of complex three-dimensional surfaces. Including wind tunnel models, scientific apparatuses, 3-D mathematical models, precision tooling, structural weldments, robotic devices, pressure vessels, stress analysis, strain gaging, design assistance, sheet metal, plastic, and wood structures.


Nearly 4100 sq. ft.

Divided into:

                (a) Engine and assembly area,

                (b) Wood and sheet metal shop,

                (c) Heavy machine tools,

                (d) Supervisor cabin.

Supervised by: 1) Full-time Associate Development Engineer: Matt McCormick; 2) Half-time Lab Manager and Half-time Mechanician: Steve Rightnar.


Machine Shop Flow Chart of Work for Customer or Student


machine shop work flow





Parts Fabricated at the Machine Shop

  1. Users send email request to schedule an appointment and meet with the Machinist Matt McCormick
  2. User needs to complete services form prior to meeting with Machinist. When users meet with MS manager (Matt McCormick), the following will be required, clearly annotated on the services form or separately:
  • Present a print of the services form along with all dimensions clearly printed and annotated. All holes and threads called out and noted. And a sketch or schematic of all parts that need to be machined.
  • List of suggested materials
  • Information on the functions and intended uses of the manufactured parts.

      3. After review and discussion of fabrication, the Machinist will provide an estimate to customer.  Customer will obtain approval from Principal Investigator  prior to work being performed.

     4. The estimate may include assistance with new design or development of new design, which will incur an added cost.

     5. Materials may be provided by user or can be factored into the estimate to be approved by the Principal Investigator.

 The Mechanical Engineering Machine Shop rate is $34 an hour. 



Students with Projects to be Machined by

Only students that have received training and who are experienced (and under the general supervision of the Machinist) may be allowed to machine on their own.  All sales and services rates apply.

  1. A request is sent to the machinist to schedule an appointment.
  2. Complete the Services Form prior to meeting with the Machinist.
  3. Take and pass the safety test, lathe test and mill test.:

     4. An estimate will be provided as to how many hours you will need training and as to how much general or minimum supervision will be needed.  The Principle Investigator must approve.

  • Prior to training, approvals and proper documentation will need to be completed (Checklist Form).
  • In order for students to machine on your own, you will need additional training with Machinist.

      5. Students will need to work with the Machinist and provide the following:

  • Material needed
  • Machine used
  • Tooling needed
  • Fasteners needed
  • Final fit and finish
  • Instruction on machining the part and overall job




Machine Shop Major Equipment List

machine shop


  • Manual Lathes

  • Various Mills

  • CNC Plasma Cutter

  • Wire EDM

  • CNC Lathe

  • Haas 3-axis CNC Mill





Machine Shop Safety Guide


UCR ME SOP Manual Lathes

UCR ME SOP Manual Milling Machines



steven rightnar matt mccormick

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

College Information

Bourns College of Engineering
446 Winston Chung Hall

Tel: (951) 827-5190
Fax: (951) 827-3188