College Science Technical Services

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences operates and maintains both a machine shop and an electronics shop for students, staff, and faculty within the college. These shops can build non-commercially available parts, fabricate custom research equipment and parts, repair instruments and machines, provide technical advice and assistance, and help locate parts and materials. These services are provided free-of charge. If materials are needed that are not in stock, they will need to be provided by the department requesting them. We will offer suggestions to help use what we have on-hand. 

Materials available:

Aluminum, steel, copper, brass, plastics, lumber, fasteners, and various other types of hardware

Machine Shop Capabilities:

  • CNC and manual milling
  • CNC and manual turning
  • Grinding and polishing
  • Sheet metal bending and forming
  • Drilling and punching holes
  • Sandblasting
  • Welding
  • Threading and tapping

Electronics Capabilities:

  • Repair and testing,
  • Design and prototyping
  • Equipment installation and set-up
  • Electronics training.

Requests should be sent to: or by calling: (815) 753-7582.

Machine Shop Equipment List:

Sharp SV-2412 CNC Machining Center

Sharp SV-2412 CNC Machining Center     

National Sheet Metal Shear

National Sheet Metal Shear Photo

Bridgeport EZ Path II CNC Lathe

Bridgeport Lathe Photo

Hammond Pedestal Grinder

Grinder Photo

LeBlond Engine Lathe

LeBlonde Lathe                       

Lincoln and Miller Welders

Welders Folder

Bridgeport Milling Machine                  

Bridgeport Mill

Yates American Table Saw

Table Saw Photo

Lagun Milling Machine

Lagun Milling Machine Photo                      

Peenex Sand Blasting Cabinet

Peenex Sand Blaster Photo

Kalamazoo Metal Cutting Band Saw

Kalamazoo Band Saw Photo         

Allen 2-Spindle Drill Press

Dual Drill Press

2’ Di-Arco Sheet Metal Brake               

Small Brake Photo

DoAll Band Saw

DoAll Band Saw

6’ National Sheet Metal Brake              

Large Brake Photo

Scotchman 60 Ton Iron Worker

Scotchman Iron Worker Photo

Di-Arco Sheet Metal Roller

Sheet Metal Roller Photo