Instructional Videos and Shop Practice Manuals

Student Shop Handbook

Building Prototypes – Dan Gelbart Video Series

Building Prototypes Part 1 of 18

This is the first of a series of 18 You-tube videos produced by Dan Gelbart which shows and explains many different aspects to building practical prototypes for precision applications. The series covers use of water-jet cutting, fabrication, spot welding, flexures and many other techniques and mechanisms useful for precision mechanical design.

MIT Machine Shop Video Series

Index of Videos MIT Machine Shop Practice

This series of 10 videos from MIT provides an introduction to basic shop practice using conventional machines. The index lists basic content descriptions. Note that the practices demonstrated are not fully compliant with WorkSafeBC Occupational Health and Safety Regulations and some of the equipment (tablesaw, mitre saw, etc.) are not available for use by students in our shop, however the videos provide a good overview on methods for using tools, equipment, and accessories.

Waterjet Software and Machine Operation

Introduction On How To Use The Waterjet Cutter (UBC Engineering Physics)
Preparation: CAD to DXF to ORD File Before Using The Waterjet Cutter (UBC Engineering Physics)

Detailed video from Georgia Tech showing step-by-step set-up and operating of a newer Maxiem 1515 (very similar to our machine) can be found at

Useful YouTube Channels

This Old Tony -general small shop machining and fabricating

Joe Pieczynski – many tips and tricks for producing machined parts with equipment similar to the Mech Student Shop’s equipment.

mr. pete 222 – broad range of shop practices and small projects

Tom’s Techniques – broad range of shop practices

Clickspring – precision machining, clock-making

Machine Thinking – precision in machines – instroduction

Shop Practice Manuals

Repairing Machinery
Fundamentals of machine Tools US Army
Soldering Guide