Machine Shop

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of New Mexico operates a multi-discipline research and development toolroom machine shop. 

The Senior Machinist and Machinist work on conventional manual machine tools to fabricate, repair, and/or modify parts, assemblies and scientific research equipment in support of ongoing research activities. 

The machine shop fabricates prototype parts and assemblies to serve experimenters, researchers, and scientists in the department as well as many other departments across Main Campus and the Health Sciences Center, as well as occasionally providing services for national labs, research facilities, museums, and other universities.  Notable cooperating institutions include Sandia and Los Alamos National Labs, the Albuquerque Museum of Natural History, UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Center for High Tech Materials, UNM Rainforest Innovations, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Biology, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and many others.

The machine shop has provided design and fabrication services for several observatories, including UNM’s own campus observatory and the Long Wavelength Array. 

The machine shop’s services and customers are diverse, dynamic, and involved in some of the most cutting-edge research in STEM today and the shop has a 60-year history of operations within the department.  It is a conventional manual toolroom machine shop with some CNC capability, and houses and oversees a student shop where occasional machining classes, demonstrations, or student research work takes place.

Rates: Machine and electronics shop rates: $25.00/hr

Full design and fabrication services:

  • CAD
  • Complete machining capabilities including CNC
  • Welding, brazing, and soldering


Anthony Gravagne
Prototype Machinist
Office: PAÍS 1243
Phone: 505-277-4327

Robert Chavez
Office: PAÍS 1243
Phone: 505-277-4327


Electronics Shop:


Full design, repair, and fabrication services:

  • CAD and printed circuit board design
  • Design and fabrication of custom electronic equipment
  • Extensive repair capabilities (medical lab equipment included)