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Welcome to Engineering Trades

The Building Engineering Trades are an integral part of maintaining and improving the core systems of the architectural structures on campus. These shops provide a range of services to academic, research, library and special University facilities which include the following:

  • 24 Hour Emergency Response
  • Routine Maintenance
  • New System Design & Installation
  • Repairs & Alterations to Existing Systems

With over 750 years of combined Stanford experience from which to draw, and a high level of professionalism, our technicians are a vital resource for anyone planning a major systems project in their building.

Engineering Trades

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Electric Shop

Need some light in your office? Want more places to plug in your stuff? The Electric Shop is here to assist you with all of your low voltage needs. From adding outlets to entire new electrical services, they have the skills you’re looking for.

Services provided:

  • New installations: Electrified door hardware, lighting control systems, new electrical services (120, 208 & 480v systems), panel load readings
  • Cubicle/office installations and relocations: Power poles for cubicles, motion detectors/occupancy sensors, receptacle/light switching, support EMCS with TSO installation
  • Equipment/service disconnect
  • Maintenance and repair to all campus low voltage electrical systems: Exit/egress lights, battery banks, fire/smoke dampers
  • Light fixtures: Installation, ballast and bulb repair/replace, special case relamping
  • Installation and repair of exit lights
  • Installation and repair of blue towers
  • Maintenance and repair of all emergency generators: Monthly/annual compliance tests, quarterly load bank testing
  • Temporary power for special events or internal needs: Provide Stanford owned generator or coordinate rented unit
  • Infrared program: Scanning electrical panels for “hot spots”

Relamp Work:

For emergency indoor relamping involving safety related needs, please call 723-2281 immediately.

  • Flickering lights
  • Burning odor
  • Primary light source outage
  • Hanging fixtures or diffusers 
  • Lab services: DI water, process piping, domestic water, natural gas
  • Hydronic heating systems: pumps, piping
  • Water filtration systems: various types

Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Too hot? Too cold? Or maybe just right… Whatever your air conditioning issues, the HVAC shop is here to help you keep your cool.

Services provided:

  • New installations: Heating and cooling coils, air handlers, split systems, etc.
  • Renovation of existing systems
  • Full service sheet metal work: ducts, pans, damper/vent work
  • Provide temporary cooling and heating
  • Control schedules and set points for most campus HVAC systems
  • Maintenance and repair of all campus HVAC systems
  • Chemical water treatment for closed loop water systems
  • Fume hood maintenance for labs
  • Freeze protection

Plumbing Shop

Clogged pipes? Dripping sink? The Plumbing Shop is here for you. Providing a variety of services that cover pretty much everything with pipes, they are ready to fix whatever is ailing you.

Services provided:

  • New installations: plumbing fixtures (i.e. sinks, water heaters, toilets, etc), piping insulation projects
  • Maintenance and repair of all campus plumbing systems
  • Installation and maintenance of safety showers and eye wash stations
  • Full service drain cleaning and jetter service: ALL types of drains (i.e. storm drains, sink drains, gutters/downspouts)
  • Major sewer pipe cleaning and retrofit projects


For urgent assistance, please call our 24/7 dispatch center at 650-723-2281.

For general questions or status on a work order, you can reach us via email at

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