Machine Shop

About the Shop

The Department of Chemistry offers a full-service fabrication Machine Shop on the second floor of the GeoChem building. The facility's two full-time machinists--with a combined industrial and academic experience of more than 60 years--fabricate specialized tools and equipment that support the department's cutting-edge chemistry research. Utilizing the latest in computer aided design and precision manufacturing, Ken and Randy work side-by-side with faculty and students to develop prototypes and custom-made parts. In addition to the fabrication of new equipment, the machine shop repairs and maintains scientific research equipment.

Overview of the Machine ShopOverview of the Machine Shop

Staff & Contact Information

Location: 213 GeoChem Building
Hours: M-F 7:30am - 4:00pm (Summer: 7:30am - 3:30pm)
Phone: 401-863-3542 (On-Campus: 3-3542)

Kenneth Talbot
Technical Supervisor
Randy Goulet
Senior Instrument Maker



1 Birmingham 4-axis CNC bed mill
2 Bridgeport 42" 2-axis knee mills
1 Acra 55" 2-axis knee mill


1 Clausing 17" swing
1 Clark 14" swing
1 Hendey 13" swing
1 Clausing 11" swing


1 Okamoto surface grinder


1 Doall cutoff saw
1 Doall 13" bandsaw


1 Deltra drill press


1 Heliwelder 251 Tig welder 
1 Millermatic 212 Mig welder
1 Acetylene torch for brazing 

Samples of Work

 A finished product: clathrate stirrer for the Rose-Petruck Lab: (click to enlarge)A finished product: clathrate stirrer for the Rose-Petruck Lab: (click to enlarge)