The Brunsfield Centre is a shared space open to Engineering undergraduate and graduate students, Faculty and Staff at the Faculty of Engineering. The Centre is also available to engineering students working on projects leading to start-ups, engaged in student competitions or entrepreneurial activities!
The Centre provides tools and equipment to design, fabricate and test complex prototypes. Projects have included different types of vehicles, high-performance hybrid motor systems, highly fuel-efficient and off-road vehicles, as well as 3D prototyping printing, concrete toboggans, electrical energy storage and control systems.
We provide training at the Manufacturing Training Centre (MTC) on the use of the equipment through various workshops.
We hold regular training to be able to use our equipment in a safe way.
These activities are open to students.
We are always looking for new ways to provide the best resources and equipment’s to design, fabricate, and test complex prototypes. If you think that a training that is not being offered would be beneficial to our users, you can request it by sending us an email.
Think big, build bigger
The Brunsfield Centre was established in 2010 thanks to a generous donation from Tan Sri Dato' Dr Ir Gan Thian Leong, Founder and Managing Director of the Brunsfield Group of Companies headquartered in Malaysia. Dr. Gan is a civil engineering alumnus of the Faculty; he received the Faculty’s Alumni Award of Excellence in 2008, and he was granted an honorary doctorate degree by the University at the Spring 2009 Convocation Ceremony.
The Brunsfield Centre is equipped with a range of tools from the simple to powerful. The Brunsfield Centre consists of a large room (open concept) and a ventilated paint/molding room. We specialize in traditional machine shop equipment such as drill press, mills and Lathe.
We do not charge to use the equipment.
Manufacturing tools and equipment user guides
Guidance and support
We encourage you to come talk to us about what you are trying to build and we will be happy to point you to the appropriate equipment and will help you to get trained.
Properly trained students employed by the Faculty ensure appropriate supervision and oversight during the hours of operation of the Centre.
Using the space
- Clean up after yourself.
- Be courteous, helpful, and respectful to your peers.
- Each machine has material restrictions and training requirements that you will have to satisfy before using it. If in doubt, please ask.
- The room may be used for special events from time to time, respect these events and do not interrupt.
When working in a machine shop or work space the right tools are a necessity. Though the shops provide students with the basic tools listed below some may want to purchase their own tools and equipment. If you are interested in purchasing your own equipment and do not know where to start looking, please see the bellow guide. These are suggested items at a reasonable economical price point, all from the same location. Most similar tools from other locations may do for your needs.
Safety Goggles are mandatory in all workspaces! You can purchase them at the store indicated below or any location of your choosing. They must be CSA approved or similar standard. In addition, though it is not mandatory in some cases you may want to wear a lab coat to protect your clothing from dirt’s and oils in some applications. Both these items can also be purchased from most first year lab spaces in the science department.
Most projects require some form of measurement to ensure the fabricated parts are to an expected tolerance. These measuring tools can be useful for most basic applications of inspection and measurement in most shops. Depending on the project and your individual needs you may wish to look into other items.