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Failure to follow these guidelines will result in loss of your shop priveleges.

General Shop Hours: Same as the rest of the floor.
Power tool shop hours:

  • Opens at the same time as the rest of the floor.
  • Closes one hour before the floor closes (11 PM)

Note: general shop activity should stop at least half an hour before closing, to allow proper cleanup time.

The shop is open the same hours as the floor. However, the power tool area closes at 11 PM each night, for safety reasons.

Show up at 11 PM to clean the power tool shop. Activity in the main shop should be wrapping up by 11:30, so that people working in there can help you clean up. So with any luck, you can be out by 11:45.


The shop is open to the general ITP community, and when no one is there, all equipment should be put away and the shop left neat. If you are the only person in the shop and you leave, put all tools away whether you took them out or not, and clean up.

When you are finished with a tool, put it away and clean up your area. This includes soldering irons, soldering aids, all hand tools, and any mess made by your tool.

Students using the shop are assigned to clean the shop at closing time twice per semester. When the student whose assigned day it is asks you to clean up, be courteous and help them to do so.

Shop cleanup starts one half hour before closing time. At that time, stop working on your project and start cleaning up. Help the person who is responsible for cleaning sign-off, don't just make them do it all.

If you are staying later under staff supervision, you are assuming responsibility for shop cleaning. Give your name to the person who is assigned to cleaning that night so they can pass it on to Tom and the physical computing resident team.

If the shop is messy in the morning and you were responsible for cleaning the night before, it will affect your shop priveleges.

Power tool shop:
Never use a tool without someone else in the shop.

Never use a tool you haven't been trained on, or which you are uncomfortable using.

Never use a tool when fatigued, or under the influence of any drugs (including cold medicines, etc. that make you drowsy, or hyperactive)

Certain power tools will only be available when a lab assistant is on duty. If you need to use that tool and have been trained on it, and it is not available, contact the lab assistant.

Power to the tools is turned off at 11 PM. Do not ask a staff member to leave the tools on late for you.

Always wear proper clothing when using power tools (no open toed shoes, no loose clothing that will catch in the moving parts).

Do not wear gloves when operating power tools.

Always tie long hair back when using power tools.

Always use goggles when using power tools. If the tool is very loud, use ear protection too.

Never use noxious chemicals or aerosols in the shop. Spray paint outside or elsewhere.

Never use a damaged tool. If a tool is damaged, report it immediately and have a staff member mark it as damaged.

Use power tools in the power tool area only. Close the door to lessen noise whenever possible.

Hand Tools

All handhelf power tools for the shop are kept in the equipment room. Because we had a number of important tools disappear in recent years, it's become necessary to make all tools checkout items. You will need to keep track of what you check out, and check back in all items when you leave.

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