The Aerospace Engineering shop offers welding, cutting, grinding, and other fabrication services.

Welding and cutting

Oxy-acetylene, arc, metal–inert gas (MIG), and tungsten–inert gas (TIG) welding are provided in the AE weld shop. Illustrated here is the TIG welding of a stainless-steel load cell cover. Thick-section cutting with an oxyacetylene cutting torch is also available. Here a notch is being fabricated in a 2-in.- thick steel disk.


Finishing flat surfaces
Finishing flat surfaces
A portable grinder is often used for rough smoothing of large components. A surface grinder is also available for fine finishing of flat surfaces.

General fabrication

Fabricating a fluid-mechanics observation tank.
Fabricating a fluid-mechanics observation tank.
AE Machine Shop staff are available for a variety of fabrication and assembly services. Here a fluid-mechanics observation tank is being assembled by shop personnel and a research assistant in the laboratory. The base and uprights had been machined in the AE Machine shop. Glass panels were furnished by a local vendor.


Contact Us

The Aerosopace Engineering Research Machine Shop serves
faculty, staff, and students throughout the College of Engineering and across the UIUC campus.

4 Talbot Lab
104 S. Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801
+1 (217) 333-3515

Shop Hours:
8:00am to 4:00pm

Gregory S. Milner
AE Shop Supervisor
milneratillinois [dot] edu

Lee Booher
Senior Laboratory Mechanic
booheratillinois [dot] edu

Steve Mathine
Instrument Maker
smathineatillinois [dot] edu