Scientific Instrumentation & Machining Services

SIMS is a service department in the College of Arts and Sciences, set up to assist science department researchers and academic laboratories in solving scientific equipment problems. Clients are only required to pay for parts and materials unique to their projects.

The SIMS machine shop and electronics lab are located in Higgins 055.

Capabilities and Services


  • Milling, turning, grinding, drilling
  • Fabrication in metal, plastics, ceramics
  • Prototype and design consultation
  • Training and education


  • Equipment repair, modification, maintenance, and calibration
  • Small scale designs and prototypes
  • New equipment consultation and vendor liaison
  • Training and education

Please note that all work performed in BC core facilities and recharge centers should always be appropriately acknowledged.  If you are publishing or presenting data acquired in BC core facilities and recharge centers, please include the following statement in the Acknowledgement section of your manuscript/poster/presentation, "The authors would like to thank the Boston College <insert facility name> for assistance with the work presented in this paper/poster/presentation*."
* Delete as appropriate

Contact Us


Richard Pijar

Manager, Senior Electronics and
Instrumentation Engineer
Higgins 055


Robert Snee

Senior Scientific Instrumentation MachinistHiggins 055
Higgins 055