Fabricated Equipment Process
Investigators occasionally must create equipment that is not available elsewhere. Fabricated
equipment items are created either for use by the sponsor or for use by the University.
Fabricated equipment is defined as an item of equipment that is built or assembled from
individual parts by a PI and/or other sponsored project personnel, an internal shop, or an
external shop with and aggregate cost of $5000 or more. When a completed item of
fabricated equipment has an aggregate cost of $5,000 or more and when that item will be
recorded as capital equipment in the University's asset system, the individual component
costs associated with the fabrication (regardless of the individual amounts) will not be
assessed indirect costs (also known as "Facilities & Administrative (F&A)" or "IDC"),
To be considered a fabrication, all components must work as one unit; parts alone are not
considered a fabrication. All items that comprise the fabrication project are considered
"equipment" regardless of the dollar amount of those items. An instance where components
are simply connected together in a system, such as when individual computers and servers
are joined to create a network, does not constitute a fabrication.
Fabrication does not apply to swapping out parts in a completed piece of equipment
Standard items that are altered or customized to make them usable on a sponsored project
do not qualify as fabricated property.
The Controller’s office should be made aware of any fabricated equipment projects prior to
the acquisition of component parts or services related to the fabrication. This is
accomplished by completing the top portion of a Fabricated Equipment Form or Sponsor
Owned Fabricated Equipment Form and submitting it to the Controller’s office.
Upon receipt of the initial Fabricated Equipment Form, the Controller’s office will assign an
inventory tag number and will provide the number to the PI/Financial Manager. This number
should be referenced on all acquisitions for the fabrication. When the fabrication is
completed, the PI should alert the Controller’s office. The Controller’s office will initiate an
accounting entry to transfer the individual costs to a capital equipment account code. The
Controller’s office will tag the fabricated item and record it in the University's asset system.
Acquisitions related to the fabrication should be charged to account 5909-Fabricated Equip
Work-in-Process or 5851- Sponsor Owned Fabricated Equip WIP. These accounts will be
used to aggregate the cost until the fabricated equipment is completed. Costs charged to
account 5909 or 5851 will not be assessed IDC.
All charges related to the fabrication, even those over $5,000 for a single item, should be
charged to account code 5909 or 5851 (and not any other 59XX or 58XX account).
Step-by Step Procedure
STEP 1: Complete the top portion of the appropriate fabricated equipment form
(http://inside.mines.edu/Equipment). This includes the following information:
Principal Investigator/Financial Manager Name:
Estimated Date of Completion:
Function of Fabrication:
Tag #’s of Previously inventoried Equip. to be Included in Fabrication:
The “appropriate” fabricated equipment form is dependent on whether the tile to the
equipment will vest with CSM or the Sponsor.
For equipment whose title vests with CSM – please use the Fabricated Equipment Form.
For equipment whose title vests with the sponsor – please use the Sponsor Owned
Fabricated Equipment Form.
STEP 2: Email the electronic version of the Fabricated Equipment Form to the Plant Fund
Accountant at email@example.com. A tag number will be placed on the Fabricated
Equipment Form and emailed back to the sender of the form. The actual tag will be affixed
to the equipment upon completion
Please include the assigned tag number in the description of any PCard purchases and
purchase orders for this project. Also, be sure to code any purchases for this project to
account 5909-Fabricated Equip Work-in-Process or 5851- Sponsor Owned Fabricated Equip
WIP. Please pay particular attention during the PCard reallocation process.
The Controller’s office will send periodic updates of the fabricated equipment form that
includes the details of transactions related to the project. The update will be sent each
month following when transaction occur for a particular project.
Upon project completion, notify the Controller’s office so that the equipment can be tagged.