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To the Physics & Astronomy Department Student Machine Shop Course


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The department of Physics & Astronomy provides a machine shop opened to students, staff & faculty. Located in Hennings 224, the student machine shop (SMS) offers various machines (bandsaw, drill press, lathe, milling machine, sheet folding and shearing machine) and hand tools.

In order to gain access, you must complete an introductory course where you will be taught how to safely use the different tools and machinery. Each user MUST comply with the SMS safety regulations. Once you pass the course, you will be able to access it at any time using your UBC ID card.

The course consists of 10 separate modules of 4 hours each. The first 5 modules are teaching classes where you will learn different skills and practice them by working on simple projects. Afterwards, you will have a total of 20h (last 5 modules) to complete a more complex project that requires all your newly acquired skills. Each module is given multiple times at different time slots during the semester. Once registered, you will gain access to the course calendar where you can book classes and build your own schedule. Classes are offered from 8am to 11:45pm, 10am to 2:30pm, or from 12:15pm to 4pm.

To cover the cost of material and technician time, the department charges a course fee of:

If you are interested, please fill up the registration form.

If you have any questions or comments about the course, please contact sms-course@phas.ubc.ca