ECST Makerspace

Collage of students working with Makerspace equipment

The Makerspace was created by students, staff, and faculty with the help of some generous donors to provide access and training for Cal State LA students to design and build. The Makerspace has facilities for design and ideation, prototyping, computer aided design and simulation, manual and CNC machining, laser cutting, waterjet cutting, and welding. Classes and users share the space in the mornings and open-use and workshops are offered in the afternoons and evenings. Courses using the space include Introduction to Mechanical Design, Introduction to Metalworking, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Capstone Senior Design, and Technology Senior Design. Regular users include members of competition teams (Formula SAE, Baja SAE, Robosub, EERI Seismic Design, Geowall Design, Steel Bridge Design, ASCE Concrete Canoe), researchers, and students working on hands-on class projects. Regular workshops are provided by faculty, staff, and lecturers on a variety of topics requested by users.

Don't forget to check out the ECST Makerspace YouTube channel showing instructional videos and projects made in the space.



February 2020

The ECST Makerspace has hired a new Design and Build Instructor to assist students, staff, and faculty during evening hours. Please join us in welcoming Everardo Hernandez to the team. He will be in the space to assist on Monday and Wednesday evenings.


August 2019

ECST has hired a Makerspace Shop Supervisor. Come in and welcome Jonathan Cervantes! Jonathan comes to us after being a Senior Engineering Technician at Honeywell, where he was working in the aerospace welding industry.


Jan 2019

The Makerspace recently received a $325,000 grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation. The funds will be used to support student workers, new equipment and supplies, and to study the impact of the space on student success. Check out the recent news articles below!
Cal State LA News
Manufacturing Tomorrow


April 2018

The Makerspace received a $150,000 grant from Pasadena City College. These funds will be used to purchase a new waterjet and laser cutter. Come learn how to use the new equipment!


September 2017

Many thanks to Ted and Anne Nye for their generous contribution to support the college in creating a vision for the ECST Makerspace.



Stop by the space or email Prof. Bachman at

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