Working with the Machine Shop


The IDMI Machine Shop supports researchers, student clubs and course requirements.  Our highly skilled shop manager and instructor Tucker Parris is available to provide technical support to faculty and students working in the machine shop.  Mills, lathes and welding equipment are available to take your project to the next level of precision; see equipment list for full inventory on hand.  Machines are available on a walk-in basis (excluding in-session class instruction) or on a reserve request.   The Machine Shop is generally stocked with tools in imperial units including various taps of generic sizes.  It is expected that each student brings in the material and any special tooling needed for their job.  Additionally, it is highly recommended  that they purchase at least 1.5 times the amount of material needed for test cuts or if a part is scrapped.  As with any facility using heavy duty equipment, adherence to safety must be followed, including wearing appropriate clothing and footwear while in the machine shop.

Currently there is no cost to use the machine shop equipment.  If the work is performed by the shop manager, the rate is $65 per hour payable by credit card or KFS account number and PI approval.

Note: The requirement to use the IDMI Machine Shop is current enrollment or completion of  ENGR 100 MFG PROCS.  To use the welding equipment requires current enrollment or completion of ENGR 100 FAB SAFETY:  WELDING.


Contact the Machine Shop


We are open during regular business hours for walk-ins and reservations, excluding hours when a class is in session.  Tucker Parris is the Machine Shop Manager and is available to answer any questions you may have.

Mon-Fri: 8am-12pm & 1-5pm
e-mail: tparris@uci.edu
Phone: (949) 824-6747


Equipment List



Visit the Machine Shop


We are located on the 1st floor of Engineering Tower in Room 137.
Be aware that this is a fully functional machine shop and as such, closed toed shoes and long pants are a requirement.

Machine Shop
137 Engineering Tower
Irvine, CA  92697