University of Exeter Handbook (Physics) Questions/Comments Department (Physics)

Mechanical Workshop Course for Stage 2 Students


This course is held in Term 3, after the examinations and is compulsory for MPhys students and optional for BSc students on Physics programmes. It comprises two parts:

Both parts are normally covered in one day to a cohort of 10 students.


Suitable clothing (no shorts) and suitable footwear must be worn. Safety glasses and overalls are supplied. No loose jewellery or rings to be worn and long hair will need to be tied back.

The first delivery of the course is normally on the second working day after the last core level 2 examination is completed in Term 3.

Intended Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. show an awareness of relevant hazards and use safe working practices in the mechanical workshop;
  2. make a front panel for an instrument enclosure from a supplied drawing;
  3. make a thermocouple using T1 (nickel-chrome) and T2 (nickel-aluminium) wire and silver solder;
  4. make soft-solder and silver-solder joints.

by using the following range of tools, materials and equipment:

University of Exeter Handbook (Physics) Questions/Comments Department (Physics)