Scientific Technical Services (SciTech) is a University-wide program supporting research, scholarship and teaching through multi-user instrumentation facilities, machine and electronics shops, and equipment design, fabrication and repair services.
Students, staff, and faculty from nearly every department and college rely on SciTech for expert advice and training on scientific instrumentation, assistance with laboratory class instruction, to design, build, and repair equipment, and assist in the analysis of research and classroom samples. Hundreds of users come through our doors each year for assistance with projects ranging from the repair of antique Steinway pianos, to the analysis of water quality samples, to the construction of custom equipment for Western athletic teams. For over 30 years SciTech has been a centerpiece of Western’s innovation infrastructure, supporting research, creativity, and learning campus-wide.
Services & Capabilities
SciTech operates three core facilities: The University Instrument Center, Western’s primary multi-user equipment facility; University Shops, including electronics, metalworking and woodworking, and electron microscopy facilities. Services offered include:
- Providing training and access to multi-user instrumentation
- Maintaining and repairing equipment campus-wide
- Analyzing research samples, including method development
- Assisting with laboratory course demonstrations and analysis of student samples
- Design, modification, and fabrication of equipment and technical instrumentation
Access & Fees
All SciTech services and equipment are provided free of charge to Western users. Users are, however, asked to cover the cost of significant project consumables, such as chromatography solvents. Companies and non-Western academic users are charged hourly rates for staff and instrument time. Projects are prioritized as follows: (1) Safety related; (2) Classroom/teaching related; (3) Research and scholarship. Services can be requested through: