Instructional Machine Shop (Physics/SEAS)

Manager/Instructor: Stan Cotreau (
(617) 495-4060 | 32 Lyman Laboratory, 17A Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138

View of the instructional machine shop

The Instructional Physics/SEAS Machine Shop, located in the basement of Lyman Lab, is set up to be primarily a teaching shop for the Physics Department and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. We have a state-of-the-art facility, complete with computerized machine tools and full arc welding capabilities.

In order to use the shop, all users are required to obtain access via a tiered Certification system currently offering two levels of certification: RED and GREEN. RED is the basic course which allows casual users access to specific machine tools not requiring extensive training. GREEN is a longer, in-depth, one-on-one training course.

Basic training is required for all shop users. To sign up, please fill out the Shop Class Sign Up form, save it on your computer, then email it to Stan Cotreau. Stan will then contact you to schedule the training session. A prerequisite for using the shop is successful completion of the Makerspace / Machine shop safety training found in the training portal, please show / send Stan a copy of your completion certificate.

To better understand our tiered access system, please consult the Training and Certification page.

Because we take safety very seriously, we have set many policies for those who use our shop. After the normal workday, only Authorized Shop Users  may operate the equipment in the shop. All users must follow our After Hours Machine Use Policy all times or lose all access to the Machine Shop. A PEL (Physics, EPS, LISE) Safety Committee oversees all aspects of safety within those departments. For safety questions and concerns, please contact Tiffany Lee (

For radiation training, please see the information on the Harvard Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) website.