Engineering / CNC Workshops


 UCLan believes in giving students genuine hands on experience using the latest equipment. Most engineering equipment is therefore concentrated in the main student workshop.

CNC / manual milling machines


This main workshop allows students to gain real understanding and appreciation of the design and manufacturing process. In the process students will also gain a variety of practical manufacturing skills. The introduction of CNC equipment in this facility opens up opportunities for rapid manufacture of components from a range of materials for use with student project work from a range of disciplines and for use in the curriculum for engineering students.  In addition this gives the facility modern, industry standard technology with which to support local industry for engineering innovation projects

A student setting up a CNC lathe

Student using a waterjet cutter

Students using a CNC milling machine

Students participating in a component measurement practical

A student setting up a CNC milling machine

Students using a laser cutter


A section of the main workshop includes some recently purchased high quality machines with features such as 5/6 axis machining and Windows based 3D colour operating systems including ‘conversational’ software options. These machines are available to support student demonstrations, hands-on student practical sessions and staff machining to support student project work, research activities and income generation work.

Okuma CNC lathe with live tooling and conversational software

A Haas vertical CNC machine

CNC workshop


  • MAKA MK7 5 axis full sheet CNC router
  • Mazak Space Gear U44 5 axis half sheet laser cutter with rotary chuck for tubing
  • Omax-Maxiem 1515 5 axis half sheet waterjet cutter
  • Adira BB2512 Press brake
  • Surface/cylindrical grinders
  • Radial arm drill
  • Grinding wheels and polishing disks
  • Mechanical guillotine
  • MIG/TIG/Oxyacetylene welding
  • Spot welder
  • Sheet metal rollers/benders
  • Bead blasting cabinet
  • Various hand tools

Contact Staff

Jonnie Meadowcroft | Senior Technician
+44 (0)1772 89 3297 | Wharf Building WB101

Josh Cowley | Technician
+44 (0)1772 89 3327 | Wharf Building, WB0101

Phil Spence | Technician
+44 (0)1772 89 3360 | Wharf Building, WB101


Wharf Building WB011, WB001

Opening Times, Guides and Charges

Official workshop hours are: 9:30 to 12.30 and 13.30 to 16:30 (in practice technicians are often available outside of these times)

Workshop Induction document - Engineering

Parts order form

Workshop services order form

A student using a lathe

Student using a CNC mill