Machine Shop

Purpose and Scope

The RSMAS Scientific Machine Shop is a School-supported facility whose primary function is to improve the quality of research at RSMAS and the Virginia Key oceanographic community. The goals of the shop are to facilitate the development of new instrumentation and technology at RSMAS, to shorten the development time involved in bringing new ideas into the field or laboratory, and ultimately to make our scientists more competitive. The machine shop can and should be involved in research programs from the proposal stage through the final field testing of new equipment.

The Shop

The shop provides:

  • equipment design
  • material selection
  • fabrication/modification/repair of new and existing equipment
  • time/cost estimation
  • assistance in locating and interacting with outside contractors for specialized work


Shop usage is billed on an hourly basis for labor, plus materials. In most cases, consultation is provided at no charge. The shop is subsidized by the School in order to keep the rates low. Our expectation is that the usage of the shop will provide a significant return in terms of better science and increased funding for our scientists. Check with the machinist for current rates.

Contact Information

Mr. Manuel Collazo, Senior Machinist
University of Miami
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149-1031

Tel: 305.421.4625
Fax: 305.421.4689
e-Mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)