Machine Shop

Your one-stop place for all your mechanical needs, we take in work from all sources inside and outside of University.

The Department of Chemistry Machine Shop is a fee for service operation that specializes in ultra high vacuum and high vacuum technology. We are capable of building and repairing all types of ultra high vacuum and high vacuum chambers! We also service all makes of vacuum pumps in house! The shop is also capable of a wide range of machining and welding jobs to suit your individual requests! 

Work Order Form (PDF)


Machine Shop Specialists

Name Position Email
John Ford Manager
David Heath Craftperson
Ahmed Bobat Craftperson


80 St George Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 3H6
Room 53
(416) 978-3584


Information for Customers

We welcome all customers with mechanical needs - internal to the Chemistry Department, external Departments at the University of Toronto and other Academic Institutions and external businesses. We charge hourly rates and materials for the services offered. Customers can obtain current service rates and work order forms by contacting us.


Facility Policies

  1. A signed work order has to be completed by the customer to initiate a service request. It is responsibility of the customer to complete accurately on the work order the following information
    • Customer contact information
    • Description of the request including a description of the work required. This may include the make and model/ serial number of any equipment, drawings/ sketches and or photos.
    • Payment information
    • Authorization Signature
  2. Accepted payment methods are U of T FIS numbers, Credit Card and Direct Invoicing in some cases.
  3. If paying by Credit Card:
    • Full payment is required before picking up the repaired equipment and or completed work
  4. We cannot store equipment for extended periods (more than 1 week) while waiting for customers decisions on whether to proceed with any repairs. Customers will be asked to pick up their equipment or parts until they finalize a decision.
  5. All work requests will be charged a labour charge when the job is started. The billing intervals are 15 minutes. All parts, material and supplies used will be added to the signed work request and charged accordingly. There are no guarantees of success with any type of repairs until a proper assessment has taken place, the customer will be notified of the chances of success for the repair.