Machining and Welding Center

A division of the Office for Research & Discovery

Clayton Kyle welds connector plates for the supporting frame that will be used in the UA Steward Observatory Mirror Lab to maneuver a 24-foot mirror around while being processed for use in the Giant Magellan Telescope.  (Photo credit: Daniel Stolte/UANews)

Welding & Fabrication Facility

The Welding Facility is lead by Larry Acedo who is known for his precision welding techniques as exemplified in the fabrication of the UA Spacewatch Telescope and the Iowa State University Gamma Ray Telescopes. We also have welded many vacuum chambers for the University of Arizona. Our staff has over 100 years welding experience and are able to assist you with even the most complex of projects.

  • Specializing in Precision Welding Techniques

  • Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding

  • Controlled Atmosphere Chamber Welding

  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW & MIG)

  • Welding High Vacuum & High Pressure Systems

  • Plasma Arc Cutting to tolerances of 1/16"