Lab Policy

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Lab Access and Availability

  • Availability: The IEEE student lab is available for all students who currently attend Michigan Technological University, regardless of department. It is also available to community members. When the doors are open, anyone is welcome to use the lab. Michigan Tech Lab Members who have paid their dues and have attended a safety training meeting will be given 24/7 swipe access to the room. Unfortunately, community members can NOT be given 24/7 swipe access to the room.
  • Joining: To join, go to the Join IEEE website. After you get a number from them, give it to an officer, like with your M-number.
  • Safety: Talk to an officer.

Constitution and Bylaws

Google Drive Directory

Usage of lab Capabilities

General Safety

  • Lab Apparel: Wear close toed shoes. Do not wear baggy clothing, clothes with dangling bits (strings on sweatshirts) or jewelry when operating machinery in the lab.
  • Fire: In case of a fire, evacuate the building. Contact emergency services at the phone number: 911. Fire extinguishers are located in the stairwell.
  • Emergency Phone: The Emergency phone is located immediately outside of the main lab doors. Picking it up will automatically call campus safety.
  • Injury / First Aid: Depending on the severity, tend to the injury as seen fit. The First Aid kit is located near the microwave in the lab. The nearest hospital is located on top of the hill in Hancock. After the injury has been tended to, report the incident to one of the IEEE officers either in person or via email so that we can fix the danger and handle the necessary paperwork.
  • Etc: There is a sheet with the updated safety regulations somewhere in the lab.

Broken or Damaged Equipment

  • Report Broken Equipment: Please report any broken or damaged lab equipment to an IEEE officer immediately. This is a lab and as such equipment breaks through normal wear and tear, and we understand that. The sooner the officers know about damage, the sooner it can be remedied. The best way to report damage is though our email address
  • Abuse: General wear is occurs and is understood. If lab equipment is determined to be damaged through abuse, the IEEE officers reserve the right to enforce consequences proportional to the damage done. Judicial affairs may be involved if necessary.

3D Printer



(currently unavailable)


  • Training: In order to use the 3D Printer, the member must have training on the tool from one of the officers in the lab. To obtain training, ask an officer in the lab.
  • Material Use: Unlike the rest of the lab, materials used from the printer (i.e. the plastic) will be on a per-weight cost basis. There is a scale posted near the printer, and we ask that you donate $0.042/g of material used over 10 grams.

Equipment Checkout

Items available for checkout

  • All tools hanging on the pegboard above the workbench
  • All tools in the tool chest
  • The Hakko Soldering Iron (special rules apply, see below)
  • Fluke 8050A Digital Multimeters
  • Books from our library

Items NOT available for checkout

  • Oscilloscopes
  • Fluke 115 Multimeter
  • Altera DE2 development boards
  • Dragon12 development board
  • Agilent U1731c LCR Meter
  • Bench top power supplies
  • Computers, printers, monitors, etc

Checkout Policy

  • Record your name, the tool, and the date on the sign out sheet on the back of the main lab doors
  • Do not check out tools for more than 48 hours
  • Aproval from two officers is required for checkout longer than 48 hours
  • When returning the tool, sign it back in with the date on the sign out sheet

Special Checkout Rules

Regarding the Hakko Soldering Iron:

  • Do not take the iron off campus
  • Do not check out the iron for longer than 24 hours

Heavy Tool Use (Deprecated)

Heavy Tools In Lab

The following rules apply to the tool(s) listed below:

  • Pencil Sharpener


  • Tool Interlocks: In order to enforce the rules listed below and ensure safe operation by trained members, all of the heavy use tools have been fitted with an interlock system. In order to enable power to the tool, the interlock must be enabled using a key. All of the officers are in possession of a key. To use one of these tools, please seek out one of the officers listed on the Leadership page.
  • Safety Note: As these are the only tools that can seriously maim, safety is a primary concern and all the rules listed below will be strictly enforced.


  • Unsafe operation: Unsafe operation of any heavy equipment in the lab will NOT BE TOLERATED. The IEEE Officers reserve the right to enforce consequences proportional to the level of severity, up to and including permanent disbarment from the lab.
  • Training: In order to use the Heavy Tools, the member must have training on the tool which satisfies the building safety liaison - Mark Sloat. Currently the best way to do this is to be trained in one of the mechanical shops and provide a physical copy of the training form provided by the shop.
  • Safety Glasses: Safety glasses must be worn at all times when using Heavy Use tools. There are no exceptions to this rule. Not following this rule is a specific violation of the Unsafe Operation rule listed above.


  • Storage Space: Storage space is available for lab members only.
  • Available Space: The lab has several places to store personal projects. The metal shelves and the wooden drawers in the entrance aisle, the blue drawers in desks, as well as the wooden drawers near the back exit are available to be claimed.
  • Claiming Space: To claim space, write your name, and the semester on a label and stick it to an unclaimed drawer. Space must be reclaimed every semester, and non-renewed space will be reclaimed by the IEEE officers through the graveyard. Please take no more space than you require. If the lab is running low on space, the IEEE Officers reserve the right to ask people with gratuitous claimed space to relinquish a spot. The easiest way to make sure this is not you is to take only as much space as required.



We have had significant issues in the lab with abandoned items. In order to facilitate the disposal of said items, the graveyard has been put into effect. Items left around the lab for 24 hours, without a name, contact information, and prior approval from officers, will be moved to the graveyard and tagged with the current date. Only officers are allowed to move/tag items. After five days, if the item has not been reclaimed from the graveyard by the owner, it will be disposed of as seen fit by the officers. This includes, but is not limited to, disposal by trash, disassembly, and or removal to the Patorium (Free Shelf).

TLDR: Leave shit out more than 24 hours, graveyarded. You don't pick it up within five days, we deal with it.


The Graveyard is located on the bottom shelf near the back entrance to the lab. It is clearly marked as 'The Graveyard'.


  • DO NOT: DO NOT treat the Graveyard as the free shelf. Items in the Graveyard ARE NOT available for scavenging, and SHOULD NOT BE TOUCHED by anyone other than Officers or the owner.
  • To the Graveyard: Items left on tables / floors for longer than 1 day are eligible to be moved to the Graveyard. The exact time to the graveyard cannot be enforced because it is based on officers perceptions of duration of time abandoned.
  • Authorized Taggers: ONLY Officers are allowed to move items to the Graveyard. If a member has a complaint, it should be lodged with one of the lab officers which can be found on the Leadership page.
  • Tagging: Once an item is moved to the Graveyard, it will be tagged with the current date and the tagger's name and signature.
  • Disposal Period: If an item is left in the Graveyard for a period of longer than 5 days, it is eligible to be disposed of. Weekends count. Holidays are not counted.
  • Authorized Disposers: ONLY Officers are allowed to dispose of items from the graveyard.
  • Repeat Offenders: If an item makes its way to the Graveyard an unreasonable number of times, the IEEE Officers reserve the right to take action proportional to the severity of the infringement including, but not limited to, lodging a complaint with the offender and/or disposing of the item regardless of its status in the Graveyard.


  • Donation Approval: Donations to the lab MUST have the approval of 3 separate officers before being accepted to the lab. Donations violating this rule may be subject to removal to the Graveyard and/or Instant Disposal depending on the severity of the size and inconvenience of the donation.
  • Unacceptable Donations: The lab DOES NOT WANT any of the following:
    • Computer Cases
    • Old Motherboards
    • Large or unwieldy items
    • Hazardous or difficult to dispose of items.


  • Acceptable Use: Any parts in the Partorium are freely available for use in personal projects or coursework.
  • Unacceptable Use: Projects requiring large quantities of parts should be purchased by the member. The Partorium is only available to members of the lab.
  • Returning Parts: If you are unsure of which bin a part came from, please discard the part rather than guessing. The Partorium is difficult enough to keep organized without small components such as resistors and capacitors being placed in wrong bins.

Dishes/Sink Area

  • Dish Washing: Wash your dishes after use. Return lab dishes to the drying rack. If you don't want your dish to be used by other people, do not leave it near the sink area.
  • Chemistry: Chemistry including, but not limited to, board etching MAY NOT be done in or near the sink or using ANY food safe containers. The sink is considered a food safe are.
  • Refrigerators: Food stored in refrigerators must have name and date on them, or be stored in named lunchpails, otherwise it will be thrown out immediately. This is mostly to prevent unapproved science experiments for the sake of the community well being.