Who We Are

Cal Poly College of Engineering Machine Shops is a collaborative and safety-conscious learning environment where students complete the cycle of design, from concept to finished product. Since the Mechanical Engineering Department was founded in 1941, the machine shops’ primary interest has been to expand the creative potential of Cal Poly students. By demonstrating the intricacies involved in designing for manufacturing we guide students to design parts using efficient, innovative and cost-effective manufacturing techniques. The shop has broken down barriers; where some once saw tools and machines as intimidating or disconnected from their own experience, they are now empowered. A common reaction to the shop experience is “I can do that!” It is our duty to ensure students safely and confidently bring their ideas to life.